Walking through nature, away from the city bustle, from the everyday hustle and confusion. Go through silent territories, immersed in thick forests or on impassable mountain paths, cultivating a unique sense of freedom.
Trekking and hiking are activities that who loves the outdoors and the charm of a mountain panorama cannot miss. A good way to exercise and refresh your spirit at the same time, in fact more and more enthusiasts choose this kind of activity for their vacations at high altitudes.
The benefits are many - just walking would be enough - but often we forget all the necessary measures that an activity such as trekking involves: the environment in which you walk is often rough and wild and that's why you should always pay attention and have the right equipment when undertaking mountain trips.
For those who decide to venture among the alpine valleys - especially for those who are still "rookies" - here's some sage advices to never be unprepared. In general, before leaving, you must always be well equipped and able to recognize your own physical conditions and your own limits.
- Plan your route carefully, "better safe than sorry". The information about the trails abound: path lengths, slopes, difficult sections can be found everywhere, on tourist guides, on maps and on local tourist sites. Be sure to evaluate objectively your physical condition and choose an appropriate itinerary.
- Always check in advance (not too much though...) local weather forecast. In case of unexpected changes in weather conditions, it’s always better to ask information to the managers of the mountain refuges, who usually can "read" the sky very well.
- It’s fundamental to have appropriate clothes. Starting from the shoes, which must be suitable to the level of hiking that you face, knowing that walking in nature means face stones, slippery surfaces, puddles, mud and anything else. Layers are always a good idea, possibly with technical and breathable cloths, “putting on” or “taking off” depending on weather conditions and your body state.
- The equipment is important too. First of all, better to start light and leave at home the unnecessary, then there should always be the trekker best friend: the backpack. Here you should put clothes, anti-rain jacket, food, water, personal items, maps, etc. . The first thing is to check that it is comfortable, ventilated, waterproof and big enough. More handy pockets, the better.
- Be sure to always have a first aid kit and some "survival" equipment to be used when needed, for example a pocketknife and a whistle to attract attention in case of falls or injuries. Attention then to the "altitude sickness" when you walk over 2500 meters.
- For trips of medium/long term, it’s always better to leave early in the morning and plan the return before dark. The ‘rate’ is important, so keep a steady and adequate pace, make several breaks (especially if there are children) and stay on marked trails, following the tables. If you have any doubts and you do not know who to ask, it’s better to go back ...
- Eat and drink water at regular intervals during the way, it helps not to have a loss of energy. Dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate as snacks are fine. Waiting for the deserved reward to be enjoyed at the refuge ...
- Enjoy nature unhurriedly and respect it. The trip must be done with the right timing to better enjoy it, without "disturbing" the natural habitat with screams or noise. Respect also means do not leave waste on your way.
- It seems obvious but it is not: always tell someone (family, friends ...) where you are going and the estimated time for the return, to speed rescue in case of unexpected events. It’s better to go with a friend more experienced than you, who in addition to the company provides his experience that’s always good.
- Finally, one last good piece of advice: have fun!