A guideline of the Landwirtschaftskammer Kärnten for the correct behaviour when encountering cows – for a pleasant hiking experience in any situation.
Safety in the mountains
Hiking in the Alps is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Nassfeld region. However, in certain circumstances it can become dangerous, for example if a thunderstorm is approaching. Please also mind the correct behaviour when encountering cows – for a pleasant hiking experience in any situation. Therefore, we have put together a list of things to consider when hiking.
Rules for staying safe in the mountains
- Choose your hiking route according to the fitness levels of those in your group.
- Plan every hike in detail before you leave (maps, local advice).
- Make sure you have the right equipment for a day in the mountains.
- Tell somebody where you are going and which route you are taking.
- Adjust your walking speed to your fitness level.
- Stay on the signposted trails at all times.
- Avoid stepping on loose stones; move quickly past areas exposed to rockfall.
- Turn around if the weather changes, fog gathers or the trail becomes too difficult.
- If an accident occurs, stay calm and get help (shouting, flashing light 6 x per minute, signalling at regular intervals, waving large items of clothing, or via mobile phone).
- Take your rubbish with you.
- Do not feed wild animals or those grazing on mountain pastures.
- Do not approach grazing animals from behind.
- Keep dogs on a leash at all times.
Top tips from our mountain guides
- Always use a climbing harness, via ferrata set and helmet when on a via ferrata or passing sections secured with steel ropes.
- Make sure you start your hike nice and early.
- Try out new walking boots before setting off on a long hike.
- Apply blister plasters as soon as possible.
- Make sure you prepare thoroughly for each hike.
- Read the weather forecast, paying particular attention to thunderstorms in summer.
- Never go hiking on your own.
- Do not leave the trail you planned to take.
- Make sure you drink enough water throughout your hike.
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