Tips for a safe mountain outing
The Mountain Safety Council has prepared six practical tips for a safe skiing tour on the mountain.
Clothes and boots should withstand wind and moisture. The clothes should be able to be worn in several layers to easily be adjusted to the weather and the temperature. Good equipment does not have to be expensive and a smartly packed backpack should not be too heavy.
It is important that somebody knows about your planned route and when you expect to come back. Tell a friend, relative or somebody else who can sound the alarm if you were not to return as planned.
The weather can change quickly in the mountains. Study local and current weather forecasts over the radio or SMHI’s website or another weather service. Always respect issued mountain weather warnings.
There are thousands of kilometres of marked trails in the mountains, including distance markers, overnight cabins and assistance phones. Most people wisely follow the trails. It reduces the risk of ending up in areas in danger of an avalanche and is a safer alternative if you for some reason were to need help.
Be sure to bring a map that is up-to-date. A compass is mainly needed outside marked trails. Feel free to use GPS, but remember that batteries discharge quickly when it is cold.
People who often spend time in the mountains can provide important information. Contact them and ask questions about the choice of routes, water level, bridges and other information that facilitates your planning. There are local mountain safety committees with extensive knowledge of the mountains in their local areas.