Hiking safely on snowy mountain routes requires advanced training and knowledge, given the risk involved.
Although it can be practiced by everyone, even going in a group, the following tips should be taken into account when hiking in the snow.
Before getting into the subject, we recommend the following blog article on FEDME safety tips for winter terrain.
Hiking and safety in the snowy mountain
Plan your route
To start a route safely, first you have to analyze your own experience and training. Also that of the members of your group, if you are accompanied.
Calculate the departure time, distances and slopes to overcome so that you have all the information before starting. Without a doubt, checking the weather forecast is an obligation, as well as paying attention to the avalanche danger bulletins.
Don’t forget to prepare a “plan B” in case you have to change your route and share the information with family or friends about where you are going.
Security with LAND software
As we said, the best preparation will determine the success of your outings. TwoNav’s LAND software is the most advanced on the market to edit tracks, prepare routes and even view several maps at the same time. Analyze your itineraries in the maximum detail and analyze each stage of your activities. Discover the reliability and precision of LAND, the perfect complement to your GPS as it is compatible with all types of devices.
In addition, LAND is compatible with a wide variety of file formats: * .GPX, * .KML, * .KMZ, * .TCX, * .FIT and many more and you have a free trial version so you can discover all their advantages. There is no excuse for not planning your safe mountain hiking route well.
You should not start a snowy mountain route without properly equipping your backpack. Winter boots and thermal clothing are essential along with ice axes and crampons, probes and avalanche detectors -DVA- and shovel.
If you are going to practice some type of activity (skiing, snowshoeing …), equip yourself with what you need. Also a waterproof jacket and windbreaker, as well as a hat, gloves, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Nor should we forget enough water and food for the whole group, if accompanied, in the same way that we recommend bringing a first-aid kit, flashlight, a whistle and a mobile phone with a charged battery.
Map, compass and GPS
It is very important to carry an orientation device, map, compass and GPS.
At TwoNav we have GPS devices designed by and for experts in sports and mountain outings.
Our GPS comes equipped with the best navigation software on the market and the most detailed maps. Choose your GPS and let it guide you on your mountain outings, enjoying safety while hiking.
The best way to act on a snowy mountain is to always use common sense.
It is best to avoid going out alone and to always be aware of the weather conditions and DVA detectors. Drink and eat properly and protect yourself from the sun and cold (seems very obvious, right).
Above all, do not hesitate to turn around if you think that something does not go as you prepared and do not separate yourself from the group.
The mountain will be there if you have to leave the adventure for another day.