Big adventures are not always necessary—sometimes a few days are enough. And no matter whether you travel far and wide or keep it a little closer to home, for the mind, it’s always refreshing to get out of the habitual rhythm, to do something different from sunrise to sunset - even if that’s just putting one foot in front of the other and thinking about the next break. The long Easter weekend often comes like a surprise blessing; suddenly four days of freedom are on your doorstep. And if you’re not sure what to do with this time, we have some ideas for you, including all the tips and information you need to prepare and travel. The only challenge you will face is deciding which of our four-day adventures to take. Have fun out there!
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When the sun starts to shine after its long winter break, the great outdoors is able to breath again. And to inject that spring feeling into every cell in your body, there’s nothing better than a hike. With anticipation and sunshine in your head, however, you can quickly forget that such a spring breeze is not always just warm. To prevent you from getting too cold and wishing you were back in the warmth of your home, here are a few tips for hiking in the transitional period:
For more general equipment tips for hiking and mountaineering check out this article.
Wear In Those Boots
Your mom and the salespeople were right – make sure you can comfortably walk in your hiking boots for several hours before you hit the trails.
A Variety Of Socks
Your feet will change with the miles you hike. If you get pressure sores, thicker, thinner or simply different socks can make all the difference.
Take them with you. Just do it. If you start feeling a pressure sore, apply one immediately. Don't wait until the skin is coming off.
Kick off your socks and shoes and submerge your feet in cold water. You'll feel like you just entered paradise.
Cut Those Toe Nails
Keeping short nails prevents pressure sores and other pains. But be careful not to overdo it – an unfamiliar length of nail can cause inflammation, too.
Check Your Laces
Every now and then check whether your shoelaces are rubbing each other too thin. Before they fray (and you having to walk in untied shoes), adjust them so that a different part is being rubbed.
Just like a hearty breakfast, checking the weather forecast is an important part of your daily mountain morning routine. Often you will experience extreme heat, snow and thunder in the same day. When packing, check the weather and take equipment for every possible condition. During your trip, hut keepers are the most reliable source of information, as well as the alpine club website. When in doubt, asking people you meet on the trail can be helpful, too.
Rough terrain, narrow and steep paths, falling rocks – all are risks when traversing the Alps. Thorough preparation, suitable equipment and an honest evaluation of one’s skills are key to staying safe. If you don’t have any experience in alpine environments, it's best to bring someone who does.
Whether you are on a popular trail or off the beaten path, make sure to show respect toward other people and the environment. Beware of other people around – below steep slopes there can always be other trails, so don't kick down any rocks. Always leave a place as you found it and show responsibility towards your companions, people you meet and the environment.
Research and bring with you the phone number of the local mountain rescue. Make sure you aways have some battery left on your mobile device and be cognisant of where you are at all times so you can accurately communicate your location in case of an emergency.