General Hiking Recommendations

according to CAA (Club Arc Alpin)

1. Hiking in the mountains
Hiking is an endurance sport. The positive exercise stimulus for the heart and circulatory system assumes a realistic self-assessmemt. Avoid time pressure and set a pace that no one in the group becomes out of breath.

2. Careful planning
Hiking maps, guide books, internet and experts provide information over distances, differences in altitude, levels of difficulty and the current conditions. Always tune the tour according to the group! Pay particular attention to the weather reports, as rain, wind and the cold enhance the risk of accidents.

3. Complete equipment
Customise your equipment according to your activity, paying attention to a minimal weight in your rucksack. Protection against the rain, cold and sun always belong in your rucksack, as does a First-Aid kit and a mobile telephone (European Emergency No. 112). Maps or GPS support the orientation.

4. Suitable foot-wear
Good hiking boots protect and support the feet and improve the sure-footedness! When choosing your boots, ensure they are a good fit, have a non-slip profile sole, are waterproof and light weight.

5. Sure-footedness is the key
Falls, as a result of slipping or tripping are the highest causes of accidents! Too fast a pace and /or tiredness greatly reduce your sure-footedness and concentration. Caution falling rock: Through mindful walking, you can avoid kicking off loose stones.

6. Remain on marked routes
On pathless terrain the risk of disorientation, falls and falling rock is increased. Avoid short cuts and if you should go astray, return to the last known point. Both very dangerous and often underestimated are the steep, long-lying snow-covered fields!

7. Include regular breaks
Regular breaks encourage relaxation, an opportunity to enjoy the landscape and to socialise. Food and drink are necessary to maintain physical strength and concentration. Isotinic drinks are ideal thirst quenchers. Muesli bars, dried fruit and biscuits satisfy hunger while on the go.

8. Responsibility for children
Be aware, that variety and playful discoveries are the priority for children! On sections where the risk of falling or slipping exist, only one adult can supervise a child at a time. Very exposed tours which require longer periods of cencentration are not suitable for children.

9. Small groups
Small groups ensure flexiblity and enable mutual help. Inform reliable people of the destination, route and return options. Always remain together in the group. Caution solo hikers: even small incidents can lead to serious emergencies.

10. Respect nature and the environment
To protect the mountain's environment: do not leave any waste behind, avoid noise, remain on the trails, do not disturb wildlife and grazing animals, do not touch the plants and respect the nature reserves. Please use public transport or a carpool to reach the departure point.

11. Walking with a dog
Dogs must be kept on a lead. Even when the mountain areas radiate great freedom, almost all the open expanses are pasture and grazing land. Free-running dogs frighten the grazing animals unnecessarily. Please collect your dog's waste and dispose of it correctly. Dogs' excrement can be extremely dangerous for cows and sheep.


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