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Important information

The mountains are beautiful but can be dangerous too. It is not them what causes danger. It is the non-trained and unconscious man! It is thus important to follow a few basic rules to avoid a tragic end while hiking. Proper planning and preparation should be on the first place before the hike even begins. This can eliminate various unpleasant situations and lower the risk of accidents. First of all, you should learn as much as possible about the mountain range you plan to visit and the track you want to surmount. You need information about the total length of the hiking trip, vertical drops you have to surmount while ascending and descending, possibilities of emergency descents, places to stay overnight if necessary, catering possibilities, water sources, kinds of terrain, currents situation at roads and trails and the level of difficulty.

When planning a hiking trip, study the key locations, search for alternatives, variants and possibilities to go back in case of changed conditions (injury, weather, re-routes etc.). Make a profile and detailed schedule of your track. Mark important points on the trail (chalets, peaks, saddles…), their altitudes and ascent times. They should serve as meeting points for the whole group, to wait for each other and decide about the following steps according to current conditions and time: whether to follow the original plan, go back or choose an alternative. Make a plan B for the case of bad weather. Take proper equipment according to the level of difficulty and the season of the year. Pay special attention to food. Easily digestible and nutritive meals are recommended for hiking. It is important to watch your fluid intake and drink even if you are not thirsty.

Even if the hiking trip is prepared well, there might be an accident. In such cases, don´t panic and act reasonably. Evaluate the situation briefly. Watch your safety and don´t risk. A cell phone is helpful when calling for help but might help e.g. to check the
weather forecast, current avalanche situation and other important information. If your signal is low, change your position. Sometimes only a few tens of metres are enough. Don´t forget to charge your cell phone before the trip and protect it from cold, dirt and moisture. You better keep it next to your body. Turn off the message box to be available all the time. After you report an accident, stay in an area with a good signal and keep your cell phone turned on so that you can answer questions if needed. If you don´t know the phone number of a mountain rescue service, call the European emergency: 112. If your cell phone doesn´t support roaming or you have a wrong SIM card, you can call 112 only. To do so, turn off your cell phone, then turn it on and dial 112 instead of your PIN code.

If you or somebody else gets injured in the mountains far away from civilisation, you can´t expect to be saved fast. It might be necessary to perform the following:

  • avoid other injuries; 
  • stabilise the injured person in a proper place; 
  • stop the bleeding; 
  • clear the airways; 
  • perform artificial respiration if needed; 
  • prevent shock; 
  • treat wounds and fractures.

Besides these basic principles, there is one more important rule for the mountains and nature in general. Don´t pollute the environment wherever you go. Don´t throw rubbish away and don´t destroy it. Let´s preserve its beauties for future generations too.

Important numbers:

18 155 – Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

18 300 – Mountain Rescue Service

112 – Emergency call 

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