Staying Safe

Norwegians are said to be born with “skis on their feet”, and exposed to the Norwegian nature from a young age.
Most Norwegians have a healthy respect for the nature and its ability to rapidly change; but even Norwegians get in trouble and need help.

That is why we have an amazing free public rescue service that supports us  24/7.
They encourage us to call them in any event on an accident, big or small.

Even if you manage to get down yourself, they might meet you at the bottom to assist you further.

Emergency Number: 112

The following guidelines will help you, make the right decisions and complete the hike safely.

Guidelines

Staying warm
Bring food and water
Learn about the hike
Gear to bring

Staying warm

Staying warm seems like an easy challange, but weather can change fast in the mountains during the summer.File_000 (2)

Always bring some extra layers of clothing and a wind proof jacket to keep you warm, even on sunny warm days.
This is the reason why Norwegians have fallen in love with wool and windproof outer clothing,
these together will be able to protect you from wind and the cold.
Read the Packing List I´ve created, or check out DNT´s Be clothing wise.

Check the weather report (yr.no and storm.no) and dress accordingly to the weather.

Bring food and water

File_000 (1)Always bring a bit of food and a water bottle to drink from,
so you can stay hydrated during your hike.
Water is a resource that is available almost everywhere.

A snack or a Norwegian favorite, Matpakke is a good idea to bring.
Hydrated and energized you will be able to return to enjoy the mountain another day.

 

Learn about the hike

The Norwegian Trekking Association has graded all their hikes in the mountain.
This simple color coded system is easy to get to know and is similar to others.

Grading of a hike in this systems works as by combining the length and amount of height meters a hike is to grade it.
That means even though a hike is Green (easy), it might be marked as Red (Demanding) if it is long.

Choose wisely according too how you feel that particular day and take into considerations the level of the hike.

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Green: Easy, for beginners

Blue: Medium, for beginners

Requires:
Basic mountain skills
Average stamina and health

Red: Demanding

Requires:
Good shoes and well equipped hikers
Good stamina and excellent health

Black: Experienced Mountaineer

Requires:
Excellent stamina and health
Demands good equipment
Training and good knowledge about the mountain.

Gear to bring

File_000Communications is key, always let somebody know where you are hiking.

Always bring a form of communications with you, although there might not always be network coverage, having a mobile phone is fastest way to connect to the rescue services.

If you are hiking in the high mountains, a compass and a map is strongly recommended.

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