PLAN your activity • Choose an activity that is suitable for the experience of the group • Calculate schedule, distances and heights you have to climb.
• Check the weather forecast and study avalanche data closely • Plan for
an alternative in case you have to shorten the activity • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
To safely enjoy the mountain in winter 3follow these simple steps.
TAKE the right equipment,
Snow boots and
gaiters • Thermal clothing, several layers • Ice axe and crampons • Probe, avalanche beacon and shovel • Windproof and waterproof jacket.
• Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen • Adequate food and water • Mobile phone with
the battery charged • First aid kit • Flashlight or headlamp • Whistle • Map, compass and GPS.
• Avoid going alone, and start the activity at a reasonable hour. Remember you have only a few hours of light
at this time of year • Equip yourself properly. A probe, avalanche beacon and shovel can save your life • Use the climbing equipment (ice axe and crampons) whenever necessary • Stay tuned to weather and snow conditions • Drink and eat properly,
protect yourself from the sun and the cold • Spare your and your group’s energies, turn around if something does not go as planned • Do not separate from your companions, do not leave anyone on their own • If necessary, consider shorter
alternatives or turn around and come back another day.
If you want to enjoy the mountain in winter but do not have adequate experience you can hire a guide, a risk management professional, who will teach you to enjoy the sport and will acquaint you
with your surroundings.
Winter mountaineering is an activity that involves risk and requires technical training and experience.
WHAT IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG? Use the 112 hotline responsibly; someone may need it more than you In the event of an
emergency... • Assess the situation calmly and act sensibly • Protect the injured person and give first aid if you are trained to do so • Call the 112 emergency hotline as soon as possible.
International distress signals I need help I
do not need help Emergency message Identity, age, number of wounds Place of accident Is the injured person responding, bleeding, breathing, in pain? Weather conditions at place of accident