Text and photos: Mariola Weindich-Mašek
9 May 2016
All lovers of the mountains, probably just like we, do look forward to the first spring hiking in the mountains, the birds singing and the awakening of nature. However, remember that spring is also a period of unstable weather.
Before you start a spring trekking - its worth to prepare to it carefully. Think about what you will pack to your backpack. You should also get to know routes colour, and - watch the weather forecasts and messages of mountain rescue services.
The trip to the mountains is always a challenge, especially in spring, when the weather in the mountains can be very unstable. Therefore, before you set forth in the mountains - plan everything so that nothing could ruin the trip.
Before you set off - study the map well! There are many websites and guides that will help you plan your route, and get to know the chosen area. The route should fit your physical condition! You should not start with choosing a long and challenging journey. Be aware of the basics routes signs. Less experienced people should remember: the black trail is not the most difficult, but the shortest one! If you are looking for great views, pleasant to your eye - choose the red route. For longer tours, take blue routes.
Mountaineers always say that ascending is only a half way - the thing is to complete the trip safely at the bottom of the mountain. Even properly planned route can cause quite big trouble if the weather we change. While hiking in the mountains, you should always have equipment, which will cover the route, even in difficult weather conditions. Do not forget that in the spring, snow is not unusual thing in the higher parts of the mountains.
Therefore, before setting off to the mountains ALWAYS bring your:
⎯ map and compass;
⎯ pocket knife;
⎯ charged mobile phone;
⎯ jacket with GORE-TEX;
⎯ extra clothes on you, which can be easily pulled off if necessary;
⎯ waterproof rucksack cover (protecting it from getting wet);
Additional lighting can be especially useful if trip will last longer. At the same time, remember not to expose yourself to unnecessary danger - not to enter closed routes, check the latest forecasts and pay attention to the messages of mountain rescue services concerning avalanche danger.
Have a good and safe hiking!