Correct Trail Behavior
- Prior to every tour, verify the mountaineering experience and physical capabilities of all participants, including children. Hikes in the mountains often demand a high degree of sure-footedness and an absence of any vertigo problems.
- Plan your hike carefully using tour descriptions and maps. Information provided by regional alpine associations and the staff of alpine huts can be of critical assistance.
- Make sure you have clothing and equipment appropriate to your expedition and weather conditions. High-ankle boots with a good tread and clothing providing adequate protection against rain and cold are very important.
- Prior to setting out, notify staff at the alpine hut or hotel, or family and friends of your planned route and destination, as well as the estimated time of your return.
- Match your tempo to that of your weakest team member. A slow pace is especially important at the start of a hike. Always pay attention to the other members of your group to catch any early signs of exhaustion.
- Never leave marked trails. Use extreme caution in crossing steep grassy slopes, especially when wet (to avoid slipping). Traversing steep snow fields and glaciers is particularly hazardous.
- Never kick rocks off the trail, since you may injure other hikers. Do not stop in areas threatened by falling rock; leave such areas as quickly as possible.
- If the weather turns, fog moves in, the trail becomes too difficult or is in poor condition, turn back. Rather than being something to be ashamed of, it shows you are using your common sense!
- If there is an accident, remain calm. If you are unable to take care of the problem yourself, use your mobile phone, shout, signal with a light or wave large items of clothing in order to summon assistance. In general, accident victims should not be moved or left alone.
- Be kind to local animal and plant life. Carry your trash back to the valley.
- Interaction with animals: Do not tease calves, sheep, horses or other animals. Instead behave “normally” and show no fear. Never leave pathways across alpine pastures, and keep a wide distance between you and the animals.
- Always keep your dog on a leash. Never allow your dog to charge after grazing animals. Mother cows, in particular, can suffer stress if their calves appear threatened.
Alpine Emergency Number: 140
International Emergency Number: 112