“As a rule, solo trips are a bad idea. Your ability, experience, motive and group size should be the factors you use when selecting a tour. The ideal group is made up of two to six individuals. A larger number creates a risk factor. You should make sure that you inform someone whom you trust about your route, destination and return plans.”
— Alix von Melle | LOWA PRO Team
Check local conditions
Receding glaciers, melting snow and ice cover and temperatures approaching zero degree Celsius caused by climate change will increase the risk of rockfalls and falls into crevasses. This is why you should set off at the right time and constantly monitor the weather and terrain – and change your route if necessary.
Pathless terrain, hikes across glaciers and severely restricted visibility can make it difficult for you to remain oriented. This is why you must be skilled in the use of maps, altimeters, compasses and GPS. If you begin to doubt yourself, simply turn around.
Adapt your gear to your destination and keep your rucksack light! A rope and a helmet will protect you if you fall or encounter a rockfall. Crampons and a pickaxe will provide you with support. Don’t forget protection from the sun – both sunscreen and glacier goggles. For emergencies: first-aid kit, bivouac sack, mobile telephone and headlamp. We have compiled a few extra tips for your packing list as well.