On the go Orientation in winter
The natural environment is a wonderful sight when blanketed in glistening snow. Everything is soft and white – and too much of it looks alike. Getting your bearings when hiking can be tricky, especially in winter. Trail markings often disappear quickly beneath the blanket of snow – as do potential hazards in the form of slopes, potholes and loose boulders and rocks. So particular watchfulness is called for. In order to be able to enjoy a winter hiking tour to the full, it is vital to have up-to-date maps and a GPS device with you. If you want to play it very safe, remember to take replacement rechargeable (for a mobile phone) and normal batteries. Biting cold virtually siphons off the power in these devices. Shorter days should not be underestimated. Less daylight may mean less time to backtrack when taking a wrong turn. So taking a good head lamp with you is an absolute must!