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Think about why you want to go on a hike: Do you want a gentle, leisurely hike or do you want demanding, physical activity? Are you going alone, as a pair or as a family? Numerous hiking accidents can be prevented with careful planning. Hiking and regional maps as well as hiking guides can help you select a route and determine distances, altitude differences and estimated hiking times. They also provide valuable information about the type of terrain and trail conditions.
Definition «Hiking Trails»
Hiking trails can be attempted by walkers without any specialist knowledge. Sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and a pocket first aid kit are suitable equipment. These hiking trails generally pose no danger. There is a risk of slipping if the trail is wet, snowy or grassy.
Definition «Mountain Trails»
Hikers must properly assess the conditions and risks in the mountains. Surefootedness is generally required. Exposed trails should only be attempted by hikers who do not suffer from vertigo. Basic equipment should include sturdy mountain shoes with non-slip soles as well as gear and clothing to protect against the cold, wind and rain. A pocket first aid kit, hiking maps and sufficient food and drinks should be taken along in a backpack. Falling rocks should be anticipated in the mountains. There is an increased risk of slipping and falling on steep, wet and grassy cliffs as well as on snow-covered fields.
Definition «Alpine Trails»
Alpine routes go through alpine, often pathless terrain, over glaciers or over rocks with short sections that must be climbed. Built structures are limited to securing particularly exposed areas that could pose a risk of falling.Excellent physical condition, experience in the mountains, ability to cope with heights and surefootedness are required. Mastery of handling ropes and picks as well as the ability to surmount sections that must be climbed with the help of your hands is essential. These trails should only be hiked in the company of people with mountain experience or mountain guides.
The weather can change suddenly and unexpectedly in the mountains (rain, thunderstorms, hail, snow in low-lying areas, even in the summer and autumn). For this reason, proper equipment is vital.
Do not venture off the officially marked hiking trails.Small steps and an even pace will save energy uphill and go easy on your joints downhill. Take no risks if bad weather closes in, you feel ill (weak) or face other difficulties. Head back in due time and do not push yourself too hard.
The Alpstein region with its hilly alpine foothills is the habitat for a large number of plants and animals. We must respect, protect and preserve this habitat. Hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists and joggers must not endanger the variety of species. Animals in particular are very sensitive to disruptions, which could pose a threat to endangered species. Please do your part and take care of nature.