Mountain hiking rules
Do's and don'ts for hikersThe VAVÖ (Austria Alpine Associations) and the UIAA (Union international des associations d'alpinisme) have set up 10 international hiking and mountaineering rules to promote safety in the Alpine hiking regions. Those who respect these guidelines can enjoy a truly carefree hiking holiday in Ötztal.
1. Physical shape
Check your physical condition before you start a hike and choose an appropriate tour according to your experience and the shape of your hiking companions.
2. Tour Planning
It's absolutely necessary to accurately plan a hiking tour in Alpine terrain. Not only the length and the distance but also the difference in altitude is important.
Appropriate hiking and mountaineering equipment is a must. Hiking clothes, non-slip hiking boots, raingear and protection against cold are absolutely required. Don't forget to take a first aid box and enough food and drink (also for emergencies) with you.
You should always be informed about the weather conditions and check the latest weather and avalanche reports for high Alpine regions. Additionally, you should trust in local weather forecasts and snow reports referring to the hiking area you have chosen.
5. Inform someone
Choose the mountain tour according to the season and the length of the day. Inform someone (for example your host) about the tour, the exact route and when you plan to be back.
6. Best hiking time
Start your hike as early as possible so that you return early and don't get caught by darkness.
7. Hiking companions
Never hike alone. Always check the fitness of your hiking companions first, then choose a mountain tour according to the physical shape of the weakest hiker.
The right walking speed is of utmost importance for all hikers, depending on your own stamina and the physical fitness of your companions. A walking pace which is too fast causes overexertion.
9. Hiking Trails
Never leave the signposted walking routes and hiking trails. Especially in snow-covered glacier areas and on via ferratas a chest and sit harness, secured by a rope, are absolutely required.
Respect nature in high Alpine regions and don't leave garbage in the mountains. Please help us to keep the mountains tidy!