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SAFE Winter Hiking

Tips for your safety on the mountain

Schneeschuhwandern_Going_Foto Roland Defrancesco (14)
Winter hiking offers many advantages for your health.

However, safety is the top priority next to your winter hiking experience. It is therefore important that you observe and adhere to essential rules of conduct and instructions. In addition, accurate tour planning and adequate equipment are essential for a winter hike.

The following ten recommendations from the Austrian Alpine Association serve to make your winter hike as safe and enjoyable as possible.

1. Healthy into the mountains

Winter hiking is an endurance sport. The positive stress stimuli for the heart and circulation presuppose health and a realistic self-assessment. Avoid time pressure and set the pace so that nobody in the group gets out of breath.

2. Careful planning

Hiking maps, guide literature, internet and experts inform you about length, altitude difference, difficulty and the current conditions. Always tailor your tours to the group and pay particular attention to the weather and avalanche reports, as precipitation, wind and cold increase the risk of accidents.

Checklist tour planning

  • The right selection of the tour destination according to your own ability and condition as well as the current snow conditions (honest self-assessment - physical and psychological prerequisites; attention in winter many mountain tours are not feasible due to snow!)
  • Discussion of the topics orientation and avalanche danger
  • Observance of the weather forecast and current weather conditions
  • Control conditions on site
  • Timing! Start early - twilight starts in winter around 16 o'clock. Note the warming at different times of the day (avalanche danger increases!).
  • Suitable equipment
  • Installation and test run of the emergency call app "SOS-EU-Alp" on your smartphone
  • Conclusion of an accident and salvage cost insurance policy

Possible alpine dangers are:
sudden fall in the weather, snowfall, wind, avalanches, fog, ice, solar radiation (warming during the day can increase the danger of avalanches)

Different weather conditions change the terrain daily. For this reason, the assessment of a safe inspection lies solely in the personal responsibility and discretion of each individual!

Current avalanche situation report Tyrol

Current avalanche situation report TyrolHere you will find all information about regional avalanche danger levels, snow cover structure, danger patterns, tendencies, alpine weather forecast and much more.

Or you can receive real-time information on the current avalanche situation via the "Lawine Tirol" app.
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More information

Snow depths

Snow depths
Snow depths

Latest snow depths in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental

3. Complete equipment

Adapt your equipment to your tour and make sure that the backpack weight is low. Rain, cold and sun protection should always be included in the backpack, as should a first aid kit and your mobile phone (Euro emergency number 112). Maps, apps or GPS support your orientation.

Schneeschuhwandern Ausrüstung_Wilder Kaiser_Foto Stefan Leitner (2)
- Backpack: Volume approx. 25 lt.
- Shoes: solid, high, waterproof mountaineering boots with grip profile sole
- Clothing: wind- and waterproof, breathable jacket, insulation jacket, fleece/soft shell jacket, cap and gloves, functional underwear, changeable underwear
- Sun protection: high quality sunglasses, headgear, sun cream (protection factor =30), lip protection
- Drinks and catering: min. 1 to max. 2 litres of water/tea, fruit/muesli bars, student food or just what tastes good
- Map material: Winter hiking map, tour description and information material
- Mobile phone: Ensure that the battery is sufficiently charged (emergency), carry a power bank if necessary.
- First aid kit: incl. blister plaster and aluminium rescue blanket
- Bivouac bag & headlamp
- Walking sticks: When used correctly, poles help to relieve strain on the joints and support balance. However, our natural balance and coordination ability is negatively affected. When using telescopic poles, make sure that the locking mechanism is reliable.
- Snowshoes: Adapted to size and weight
- Avalanche equipment: Depending on the tour in open terrain, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel may also be used.
- Documents: Identity card, insurance card, cash

4. Suitable footwear

Sturdy mountaineering boots protect and relieve the foot and improve sure-footedness! Make sure your choice is a perfect fit, non-slip sole, waterproof and lightweight.

5. Surefootedness is the key

Falls, as a result of slipping or stumbling, are the most frequent cause of accidents! Please note that too high speed or tiredness can severely impair your surefootedness and concentration. Take special care when descending!

6. Stay on marked paths

The risk of loss of orientation and falling increases in pathless terrain. Avoid shortcuts and return to the last known point once you have lost your way.

7. Regular breaks

Timely rest serves for recreation, enjoyment of the landscape and conviviality. Food and drink are necessary to maintain performance and concentration. Isotonic drinks are ideal thirst quenchers.

8. Responsibility for children

Note that variety and playful discovery for children are at the forefront! In passages with a risk of falling, an adult can only look after one child. Very exposed tours, which require long lasting concentration, are not suitable for children.

9. Small groups

Small groups ensure flexibility and mutual help. Inform familiar people about destination, route and return. Stay together in the group. Attention loners: Even small incidents can lead to serious emergencies.

10. Respect for nature and the environment

To protect the nature: Do not leave waste, avoid noise, stay on the paths, do not disturb wild animals, leave plants untouched and respect protected areas. Use public transport or carpool to get there.

- Respect protected areas and sanctuaries for plants and animals!
- Avoid twilight (feeding game and grazing times) - plan your tour best between 10am and 4pm.
- Avoid game feeding and catchment areas on a large scale (300 m) (observe restricted areas!)
- Observe animals only from a great distance, never follow them.
- Do not enter reforestations and young forests.
- Keep calm and do not shout.

Dogs
Please use the walking bag and throw it into the nearest rubbish bin to avoid soiling the pastures and nature. Help to keep nature clean. To avoid problems with other winter sports enthusiasts such as cross-country skiers or snowshoe hikers - please keep dogs on a leash!

Garbage
Nature is a precious good - so please keep the mountains clean and don't leave any waste behind! Waste is still here - even if you are long gone!

The winter hiking guidance system

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The winter hiking trails in the Wilder Kaiser region are signposted with a dark green arrowhead and a white snow star on the yellow hiking trail signs or along the cross-country trails with green signs.

Be careful when leaving the marked winter hiking trails. If there is snow, the network of summer hiking trails and their markings are not visible - loss of orientation and Alpine dangers can result

Calculation of walking times
The rule for calculating the walking time for a medium-sized group of 4 to 6 persons is as follows: approx. 300hm per hour in ascent
approx. 500hm per hour on the descent
approx. 3 kilometres horizontally per hour
The walking time is calculated separately for the height difference and the horizontal length.

Winter hiking trails

along cross-country ski runs

Combined track

winter hiking & cross-country skiing

Tourist association Wilder KaiserDo you have any questions? | We are happy to assist you.

Mountain guides

In order to be able to experience tours in the mountains as safely and relaxed as possible, a well-founded education and many years of experience are necessary. Our state-certified mountain and ski guides as well as Tyrolean mountain hiking guides will be happy to accompany you on your individual tour.

Please note that the information provided on mountain safety are exclusively recommendations of the Wilder Kaiser Tourism Association. All information is subject to change without notice.

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