Winter Meadow Alpine Hut Evening Atmosphere Latemar | © Valentin Pardeller
Winter Meadow Alpine Hut Evening Atmosphere Latemar | © Valentin Pardeller
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Tips for safe mountain adventures

Safety tips for hikes in summer and winter

Whether up in the mountains or down in the valleys, a hiking trip in the great outdoors – summer or winter – must always be well prepared. We have collected ten practical tips for you to enjoy your excursion in full confidence!

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Snowshoe hiking with view on the Latemar | © Günther Pichler

Ten tips for safe hiking in the mountains

  1. Always carefully plan your hikes, summer or winter: knowing the length and difficulty of the hike is essential for a safe trip into the mountains. Also tell your family, your hosts or the hut wardens where you are going.
  2. Check the latest weather forecast before each tour and keep an eye on the conditions while hiking. Hut wardens are also a useful source of information about the weather situation nearby. If you are hiking in winter, check the latest avalanche report beforehand – and take it into account.
  3. Objectively assess your physical fitness and choose your tour appropriately. Set off early in the morning and give yourself plenty of time to get back before dark.
  4. Set a moderate and regular walking pace. Take plenty of breaks, especially if you are walking with children.
  5. Make sure you drink enough fluids! The most suitable drinks are water, tea or natural fruit juices. Nutrient-rich foods such as wholemeal bread, dried fruit, nuts, etc. make ideal provisions – and you can find all of South Tyrol’s drinking water points here!
  6. Make sure you have the right equipment, in particular sturdy footwear: good walking boots give secure support and relieve the strain on your joints.
  7. Choose lightweight, breathable clothing and appropriate spare clothes. Always make sure to pack your rucksack with clothing to protect against the cold and rain. You should also always carry a first aid kit with you and, especially in winter, always take emergency gear.
  8. Always be considerate of the weaker members of your group. Always warn other hikers of possible dangers and give first aid in an emergency. 
  9. Treat nature with respect: do not make too much noise, do not leave any litter and treat plants with care. Show respect for protected species of flora and fauna.
  10. Always follow the signs and stay on marked paths and trails. Consult your hiking map from time to time and turn back in good time if in doubt.
Two skiers Kölner Hütte Slopes Rosengarten Alpenglow | © Harald Wisthaler
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