SAFETY ON THE MOUNTAIN
RULES OF CONDUCT IN THE SUMMER WORLD
Hiking, mountaineering, climbing and mountain biking are among the most popular leisure activities in the Lesachtal Valley. The following rules of conduct, hints and tips will ensure that you are always safe in the Summer World.
Proper conduct on the mountain
- Depending on your physical fitness, start with easier tours.
- Always plan mountain tours carefully and stay on the marked trails.
- Wear breathable clothing that is suitable for the weather.
- Carry equipment appropriate for the tour and the mountain, as well as a first aid kit.
- Before setting off, inform another person about the route and the destination of the tour.
- Always adapt your pace to your physical condition.
- Pass areas at risk of rockfall quickly or, if possible, avoid them altogether.
- Turn back in good time - if the weather changes, fog obstructs visibility or the trail becomes too difficult.
- In an emergency, stay calm and alert the rescue services immediately if you have reception - otherwise call for help to draw attention to you.
- Leave wildlife and grazing cattle alone and, if an encounter cannot be avoided, approach them only from the front.
- Please keep dogs on a leash and keep a large distance from cows with young animals.
Expert tips from regional mountain and hiking guides
- For secured via ferrata routes, use a climbing harness, climbing set and rockfall helmet in accordance with the standard.
- Prepare your tour days well and start early.
- Keep an eye on the weather - especially summer storms - at all times.
- If possible, go in a group.
- Stay on the planned routes.
- Always break in new mountain boots beforehand, especially before long tours.
- If necessary, use blister plasters in good time.
- Drink enough to compensate for the increased fluid loss.
Read more about the correct behaviour when encountering cows!
Rules of conduct for bikers in the Summer World
- Only follow the marked, surfaced trails.
- Critically assess individual ability and do not ride beyond your level of skills and experience.
- Hikers always have priority over mountain bikers.
- To protect nature, keep the environment clean and do not make noise.
- Follow the instructions on forestry work etc.
Close pasture gates and fences after passing.
- Avoid hunting grounds at dusk.
- Provide first aid in case of emergency.
- Only bike with a crash helmet and bell.
- Do not drink alcohol until you have finished your tour, as it impairs your concentration.
- Always bike with maximum attention, ready to stop any moment, especially on nature trails and single trails, as there may well be other athletes out and about.
Useful hints and tips for family tours
- Routes should be suitable for children and not too long.
- (Theme) hiking trails offer your children information and entertainment in addition to exercise.
- Invest in professional equipment for your children.
- Always bring a change of clothes.
- Start early and avoid the midday heat.
- Make sure your children have enough drinks, snacks and fruit to keep them going.
- Plan generous breaks.
- Sing hiking songs, watch animals, collect stamps or badges ... Think about what junior hikers will enjoy!
The most important emergency numbers
- Mountain rescue: 140
- Police: 133
- European emergency number: 112
All these rules and your correct behaviour on the mountain contribute to safe interaction in the World of Mountains & Lakes.
- Ambulance: 144
- Fire brigade: 122
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The Lesachtal holiday region lies in the Austrian province of Carinthia, directly next to the Italian border.