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Orientation and Safety

Tips for your own safety, when you are hiking or biking in the mountains.

HIKING – MOUNTAIN SAFETY HINTS

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Planning your tour

  • Better take things easy at the beginning of your holidays. Your body needs time to adjust to the altitude and the challenge.
  • Make sure to plan ahead for your tour (using hiking maps and books, mountain guides) and to account for the season and your level of fitness.
     
     
  • For your own safety: Inform your landlord about where you are planning to go and let them know if you will be returning later than planned.
  • Stay on the marked hiking trails. Be extremely careful with steep snowfields and wet grass slopes. 

Equipment

  • Proper mountain gear consists of a hiking map, mountain boots with grip soles, walking poles, dressing material (blister plaster!), food and drink, rain protection and warm clothing.
  • Don’t forget sun screen, a cap and glasses with proper UV protection.
  • Take a mobile phone for emergencies and make sure the battery is charged.

Heeding the weather report

  • Keep an eye on general trends: How will the weather develop in the course of the day? Look out for thunderstorms and cold fronts (fine weather immediately before a cold front is deceptive).
  • Temperatures change with altitude. In good weather, the temperature drops by approx. 1 degree Centigrade per 100 metres altitude.
  • When touring, check the current weather situation against the forecast. Make sure to turn back early enough if the weather deteriorates! 

MOUNTAIN BIKING – FAIRNESS IN THE MOUNTAINS

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Mountainbike routes lead to a terrain in which mountainbikers’ sense of responsibility is called for. Make sure to follow certain rules of behaviour for your own safety and to avoid confrontation.

These include:

  • Ride your bike responsibly at controlled speed, always ready to break.Be prepared for obstacles any time, especially in bends (rocks, tree branches, damaged trail sections, stored timber, grazing cattle, vehicles, blockages etc.).
  • Hikers and pedestrians always have the right of way. Overtake them cautiously at walking pace.
  • Agriculture and forestry interests always take precedence on open trails. Close cattle fences after passing and don’t violate temporary blockages.
  • Do not leave the marked trails so as not to disrupt natural and game habitats.
  • A well-planned tour accounts for the challenges of the trail and personal abilities. Don’t forget a helmet, protective gear and a properly functioning mountain bike. 

If you find yourself at risk or in distress in the mountains despite all precautions...

  • Emit the alpine distress signal (visible and audible signals, six times per minute)
  • Or dial the emergency numbers:
    140 alpine emergencies Austria
    144 alpine emergencies Vorarlberg
    112 Euro emergency call (if there is no reception at the site of the emergency, first switch off your mobile phone, and when switching it on again, immediately dial 112 or press the SOS button instead of entering the PIN code )
  • Make sure that you can give correct answers when reporting the emergency: WHO is reporting? WHERE exactly has the accident happened? WHAT has happened? HOW many persons are in need of help?

Providing for Rescue Costs

  • For a membership fee of EUR 22, the Austrian Mountain Rescue Service offers coverage for search and rescue costs including land and helicopter rescue for the contributing member, their spouse/partner and children up to the age of 18 years.

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