Rules of safe hiking in the mountains
Safety tips for your hikes
Whether mountain or valley - a hike always wants to be well prepared.
In order to be on the road safely, the following things must be taken to heart:
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Rules of safe hiking
- Plan your hiking excursions carefully: information about
the length and difficulty is imperative for a safe experience in the mountains. Let the other members of your party or your host or the mountain hut proprietor know where you are going.
- Before each excursion look at the latest weather forecast and keep your eye out for any changes in the weather during the excursion. Mountain hut proprietors can provide additional useful information about the immediate local weather situation.
- Assess your fitness level objectively and choose a suitable excursion. Start early in the morning and build some extra time into your plan to make sure that you are already home before darkness falls.
- Adopt a moderate and regular walking pace. Include sufficient
breaks, especially if you are walking with children.
- Make sure you have a sufficient supply of fluids! The most suitable drinks are water, tea or natural juices. As food for the hike, foods rich in nutrients are most suitable; these include foods like wholemeal bread, dried fruits and nuts. - here you find all free drinking water places in South Tyrol!
Rules of safe hiking
- Make sure that you have the appropriate equipment, and above all that you have sturdy footwear: a good pair of walking shoes provides secure support and protects the joints.
- Choose light and breathable clothing and appropriate spare clothes. Never forget to pack in your rucksack clothing which offers protection against the cold and the rain. You should also always carry a first-aid kit.
- Always have consideration for the weaker members of your party. Advise other hikers of any dangers and give first aid in the event of an emergency.
- Treat nature with respect: avoid making noise, do not leave any rubbish and protect the vegetation. Take care of plants and animals that are protected species.
- Always follow the path and stay on the marked walking trails and steep tracks. Consult your walking map from time to time and in case of doubt turn back in good time.
Out and about on South Tyrol's alpine pastures
Our mountain pastures are both well-loved recreational areas and economic zones in one. Farmers cultivate our unique cultural landscape and preserve an ancient tradition that benefits the animals and the environment alike. When walking on these pastures, it is important to treat grazing animals with respect.
Grazing livestock are in principle very gentle. To avoid conflict with these animals:
- Stay out of their way: keep to walking paths. If an animal is blocking the path, go around it leaving lots of space.
- Keep your distance: give the animals space, avoid contact and do not stroke or feed them.
- Keep calm: cows have a restricted field of vision and are very easily scared. Make sure they notice you in good time and act in a calm manner.
- Sensitive dams: a mother will protect her child -avoid approaching young animals or putting yourself between an animal and its mother.
- Keep dogs on leads: grazing animals often feel threatened by dogs, so put your four-legged friend on a lead.
How do i know if I've got too close?
- Signal 1: The animals fixes its gaze on you. It perceives you as a potential threat and wants to keep you in view.
- Signal 2: The animal lowers its head and faces you, forehead first. It is thinking to attack.
- Signal 3: The animal runs towards you. If you haven't already done so, gain some distance from the animal now.
What should I do if I am attacked?
- Distance yourself slowly and as calmly as possible. Do not turn your back on the animal.
- Let your dog off the lead, it will easily outrun the animal.
- If all else fails, intimidate the animal: loud, self-confident shouting or waving a stick will chase it away.