Planning and preparation

Walking is fun, but can bear some risks. To have a safe and enjoyable walk, you should observe the following tips and hints when planning the route:

  • Route planning with the help of walking guides, maps or suitably experienced people (e.g. from walking clubs and associations, tourist information offices or accommodation providers).
  • Get route information about distances, total ascend, difficulty rating and estimated time of completion of the route, as well as possible risks (e.g. steep slopes, scree slopes, danger of rock fall, snowfields).
  • Only when these questions are answered you can judge if the tour is safe to attempt, according to physical fitness and technical knowledge of the participant.
  • Know possible short cuts for the route.
  • If you are less experienced: Plan tours less than two hours with a total altitude difference of less than 300m.
  • Take note of the weather forecast.
  • Find out where to get provisions and where sheltered resting places are on route.
  • Let friends or family know what route and where you’re going. Don’t forget to let them know you’re back on your return.
  • With children or bigger groups remember to allow significantly more time.