Hiking in the Nockberge mountains
The gentle, soft rounded peaks of the Nockberge Mountains neither really challenge one’s surefootedness nor head for heights making this region perfect for hikes with children. However, you are still hiking in alpine terrain of up to 2,400 m above sea level. So always prepare for a longer hike and make sure you are equipped with the appropriate hiking gear. For this reason we have compiled some tips given by the Austrian Alpine Association.
Basic mountain rules for your safety
- Do not overestimate your physical fitness and condition.
- You must be surefooted and free of any dizziness.
- It’s absolutely necessary to accurately plan your hiking tour! Consult maps, route planners, hut landlords and alpine guides. Not only the length and the distance but also the difference in altitude is important.
- Sturdy, high-ankle boots with good grip are required.
- Don’t forget raingear and protection against cold.
- Don’t forget to take a first-aid kit box.
- You should always be informed about weather conditions and check the latest weather reports.
- Choose the mountain tour according to the season and the length of daylight.
- Start your hike as early as possible so that you return early. Having the option of turning back means carefree mountaineering and safety.
- Don’t get caught by darkness.
- Adapt your walking speed to your own stamina and the physical fitness of your companions.
- Never leave the sign-posted walking routes and hiking trails.
- Take as many breaks as you need, usually at least every 1 ½ or 2 hours. Eat regularly and not too much.
Alpine distress signal
The alpine distress signal consists of a light (lamp) or audible signal which is repeated six times a minute (every ten seconds). It is to be repeated after one minute’s break in the same manner.
- Mountain rescue: 140
- European emergency number (you can call this number even without SIM card on your GMS mobile): 112
- Air Ambulance and Air Police of the Federal Ministry of the Interior: +43/(0)463/1777
Source: Austriaischer Alpenverein ÖAV/Austrian Alpine Association