Tips for safe
mountain hiking
Raurisertal Talansicht | © TVB Rauris
Raurisertal Talansicht
Tips for safe
mountain hiking

The following recommendations from the Alpine clubs are designed to make mountain hikes as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Mountain rescue

A summit only belongs to you when you are back down again, before that - you belong to it!

Hans Kammerlander | Mountaineer

It is recommended that you plan each tour taking into account the weather situation and the difficulty of the route and equip yourself accordingly. Please stay on the marked paths and trails and pay attention to the information boards about the condition of the path.
Please note the different difficulty ratings of our 295 kilometres of hiking trails and paths.

BLUE: Easy hiking trails in the permanent settlement area and adjoining forest area, which lead through flat terrain and do not have any major gradients. No special requirements are necessary. The paths are also accessible without a hiking map.
RED: Mountain hiking trails that require some surefootedness. Steep steps, watercourses, narrow sections and earthy troughs due to alluvial deposits can be found on these paths. A minimum of orientation is required.

BLACK: Difficult mountain hikes and alpine climbs that are secured with ropes, artificial steps, ladders, etc. at exposed points. Here, the hands are used for locomotion and balance support. The path layout is not always clearly recognisable as such. Sometimes there are places where there is a risk of falling, scree, sloping grass, field or rugged terrain. Old snow residue is to be expected under certain circumstances.

Hiking routes

Rauris Valley hiking map
10 tips for safe hiking

1. healthy in the mountains
Mountain hiking is an endurance sport. The positive stress stimuli for the heart and circulation require good health and a realistic self-assessment. Avoid time pressure and choose a pace that doesn't leave you out of breath.

2. careful planning
Hiking maps, guide books, the Internet and experts provide information on length, altitude difference, difficulty and current conditions. Always tailor tours to the group. Pay particular attention to the weather forecast, as rain, wind and cold increase the risk of accidents.

3. complete equipment
Adapt your equipment to the hike and make sure your rucksack is light. Rain, cold and sun protection always belong in your rucksack, as well as a first aid kit and mobile phone (Euro-Noruf 112). A map or GPS will help you find your way.

4. suitable footwear
Good and comfortable hiking boots protect and relieve your feet and improve your sure-footedness! When choosing your shoes, make sure they fit perfectly, have a non-slip tread sole, are waterproof and lightweight.

5. sure-footedness is the key
Falls as a result of slipping or stumbling are the most common cause of accidents. Be aware that walking too fast or being tired can severely impair your surefootedness and concentration. By walking carefully, you can avoid stepping on stones.

6. Stay on marked paths
In pathless terrain, the risk of losing your bearings, falling and falling rocks increases. Avoid shortcuts and return to the last known point if you lose your way. Steep old snowfields are often underestimated and dangerous!

7. take regular breaks
Taking a break in good time helps you to relax, enjoy the scenery and socialise. Eating and drinking are important to maintain performance and concentration. Isotonic drinks are ideal thirst quenchers. Muesli bars, dried fruit and biscuits satisfy hunger on the way.

8. responsibility for children
Remember that variety and playful discovery are the main focus for children. In passages where there is a risk of falling, one adult should only supervise one child. Very exposed tours that require prolonged concentration are only suitable for children to a limited extent.

9. small groups
Small groups ensure flexibility and allow for mutual help. Inform familiar people about the destination, route and return. Stay together in the group.

10. respect for nature and the environment
To protect the mountain environment: do not leave any rubbish behind, avoid noise, stay on the paths, do not disturb wild and wild animals, leave plants untouched and respect protected areas. Use public transport or form car pools to get there.

Mountain & hiking guide

Mountain wolf
Wolfgang Rohrmoser
Hundsdorfweg 12
5661 Rauris, Austria
Phone: + 43 664 415 39 23

Gerlinde Eidenhammer
Hiking guide
5661 Rauris, Austria
Phone: +43 664 45 83 536

Martin Unterhofer
5661 Rauris, Austria
Phone: +43 650 8824884
Hiking guide, national park ranger, trail running guide

Wanke Armin
Sonnbergweg 14
5661 Rauris, Austria
Phone: +43 664 7870911
Hiking guide and national park ranger 

Naturesa - Theresa Sommerbichler
5661 Rauris, Austria
Phone: +43 (0) 677 611 973 54

Certified mountain hiking guide, certified herbal medicine practitioner, certified herbal pedagogue, forest and health trainer

Mountain weather at a glance
Live cams in the Rauris Valley
Correct handling of grazing animals

Austria's farmers make an important contribution to the preservation of our alpine landscape. We ask you as a visitor to respectfully adapt to this beautiful landscape.
By following these 10 rules, you will be behaving correctly on alpine pastures and meadows.

Rauris Valley adventure pass & hiking badges

Rauris:  When conquering peaks and hiking through alpine pastures, panning for gold and observing wild animals - in the Rauris Valley you collect valuable points in your adventure pass during your holiday activities, with which you can acquire the Rauris Valley hiking badges in bronze, silver and gold, for children the hiking badge is free with the Rauris Valley Guest Card. The Raurisertal Adventure Pass is available free of charge from the Rauris tourist office.

Hochalmbahnen: Tilly's hiking pass with reward!
Punch animal motifs and receive a small gift at the Hochalmbahnen ticket office. The hiking pass is available free of charge at the Rauris Hochalmbahnen ticket office. 

Taxenbach: With the children's hiking pass and its helper, the hiking dwarf "Taxi" to pin on, even girls and boys can explore nature with ease. Adults can hunt for the coveted hiking badges in gold, silver or bronze with the free hiking pass.

Emergency telephone numbers
  • 140 - The emergency number for alpine accidents 
  • 122 - Fire brigade
  • 141 - Emergency medical service
  • 144 - Rescue service
  • 147 - Emergency call service for children and young people.