Important items on tour

Important items on tour

Alone or in a group, on comfortable mountain trails or as a challenging summit tour, in the low mountain range or in the Alps: mountain hiking is versatile, you can start almost anywhere and choose the tour according to your own ability. The walks lead over paved gravel and gravel roads, marked paths, paths and paths, but also now and then through trackless terrain. Exposed passages require sure-footedness and a head for heights. In addition to the external conditions and your own experience, the right hiking equipment is crucial for the safety and fun of the mountain.


Functional mountain boots, which fit well, are the “A and O” for the tour. Depending on the application, there are different footwear. A shoe with a non-slip, profiled rubber outsole is always essential. Basically, the harder the terrain, the longer the tour and the heavier the backpack, the more stable the footwear must be.


Due to the stable floor structure and a handy profile, the all-round outdoor shoe can be used from flat land to low mountain ranges. The low shoe cut allows optimal freedom of movement and generates low weight.


In the hiking boots , the raised upper additionally protects the ankle from striking and stabilizes the joints as protection against kinking.

The so-called trekking boot is an ideal mountaineering boot for demanding longer tours, eg. B. at hut trekking. To cope with hard ground, boots with a so-called insole are recommended. The outsole should have a self-cleaning and deeply cut pattern. A conditionally crampon-proof edge allows the attachment of crampons with front basket or belt binding.

The classic mountain boot is a particularly robust and warm boots in boot shape for use in high mountains and is also well suited for snowshoe tours. A crampon-proof mountaineering boot allows the attachment of crampon-type crampons.

functional Clothing

Image result for mountaineering gearMountain hiking is sweaty, but when staying at altitude it can get cold quickly:

Tourists should dress according to the multi-layer principle (“onion principle”) (eg undershirt, shirt, sweater and weather jacket).

Comfort, freedom of movement, weather protection, thermal insulation and breathability are the most important buzzwords.

Basic equipment includes:

  • Functional underwear made of sweat-transporting material
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • long pants made of durable and elastic synthetic fiber material
  • Weather protection jacket: wind and water repellent material, with hood
  • Cap and finger gloves
  • easy replacement wash: to change after sweaty rise or after rain
  • Stockings with reinforced footbed made of blended fabric or terry cloth

Important items on tour

  • Hiking backpack, 20-30 liters, with outside pockets and padded carrying system
  • topographic maps and guides, possibly compass and altimeter
  • Protection against UV radiation (headgear, sunglasses and cream)
  • First aid kit, rescue blanket and mobile phone (for 112 emergency call)
  • Drinking bottle (at least 1 liter / person), tour provisions
  • possibly Grödel (crampon-like walking aids), pimples, rope and crampons for full speed
  • possibly touring poles (the sure-footedness when walking and climbing is increased, especially on slippery surfaces, the joints are spared when going downhill)