The 10 Essentials for Mountain Safety

1. Before you leave plan your route (including trail length and difficulty) and inform someone you trust of your trip plan.
2. Before you leave inform about the update weather forecast by contacting directly mountain huts or other accommodations
3. Select trips of a distances and grades that are suitable to your level of conditioning. Leave early in the morning and calculate your expected time of return before dusk.
4. Choose a regular and moderate walking speed, make different rest stops, especially if there are children.
5. Drink a lot (water, tea or natural juice). Eat food rich in carbohydrate and protein such as wheat bread, dried fruit, nuts ect..
6. Choose the right equipment. The footwear has to allow a steady step and protect the articulations.
7. Use a practical and light clothing, but do not forget to carry in your pack waterproof and warm clothing. Consider taking a first aid kit.
8. When hiking with a group, take care of them and inform hikers about possible dangers, and if necessary, provide first aid.
9. Respect wildlife, avoid useless noise and leave no waste.
10. Follow signposted trails. Check your map regularly, and if you are not sure about your position try to get back on route with an eye for landmarks.