Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or a casual hiker, Slovenia’s mountains certainly are inviting. Three spectacular ranges of the Alps rise up along the country’s northern border: the Julian Alps in the west, the Karawanks and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north. In this episode, Dr. Noah Charney meets some of Slovenia’s mountain rescue professionals, who offer valuable tips on how to safely enjoy the upper reaches of the sunny side of the Alps.
Let us reiterate vital tips:
- Effective Planning: Thoroughly research your chosen route, considering its length and difficulty. Stay updated on weather forecasts and route conditions. Make use of a printed mountain map and the maPZS app for comprehensive planning.
- Essential Gear: Equip yourself with hiking boots, warm clothing, non-alcoholic liquids, a map and compass, first aid supplies, a head torch, and sun protection.
- Physical and Mental Preparation: Hiking and mountaineering demand physical fitness. Ensure you are in good condition by starting with easier, lower-altitude hikes and gradually progressing to more challenging ones.
- Respect for Nature: Mountains are home to diverse wildlife and resilient plant life. Show respect for the environment by bringing your trash back to the valley. Avoid creating noise disturbances such as loud music or shouting in mountainous areas.
- Exercise Caution: Remain vigilant for falling rocks, especially on steep slopes. Be mindful of potential hazards like thunderstorms and avoid overexertion.
- Inform Others: Share your itinerary and expected return time with a trusted individual. This ensures that someone is aware of your plans and can assist if unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Stick to Marked Trails: Follow designated and well-marked trails to minimize unnecessary risks. Slovenia boasts an impressive network of 10,000 kilometers of maintained mountain trails, eliminating the need for off-road exploration. Certain destinations, such as specific bivouacs, are reserved for experienced mountaineers. Remember that bivouacs serve as emergency shelters for experienced climbers and are not intended for casual tourists.
Explore also the dedicated website Safe in the mountains on www.slovenia.info, offering comprehensive information in multiple languages.
Feel Slovenia the Podcast is brought to you by the Slovenian Tourist Board and hosted by Dr Noah Charney.
Sound Production: Urska Charney
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