Preparation for the activity An enjoyable hike instead of a forced march
To ensure that your planned winter tour does not turn into a forced march, you need to follow some advice and make certain compromises. There are a number of specifics to planning a winter hiking tour. Snow-covered trails and paths are much more strenuous to negotiate than in the summer. Snow and ice also transform many a familiar forest trail into an unpleasant sliding experience. An early sunset – it often gets dark at 4 pm – also reduces the time buffer available if you take a wrong turn or make a detour. The distances that you are planning to cover during the tour also need to be matched to local circumstances and to your own physical fitness – and be significantly reduced. Here it’s worth being honest with yourself! You’re better off reaching your destination faster than planned on your first tour, and then you can plan to cover a greater distance the next time. A good starting point for all winter hiking novices is to select a route that is roughly half the distance that you would hike during the summer.