packing yourself for mountain trip, you should remember about basic
rules that can make your tour not only satisfying, but also safe. The
mountain weather can be unstable, so rain, storm or ever snow can
suprise us even during short and seemingly easy expedition. Those
factors should be thought out already at planning phase of the tour.
we start packing, we should consider our destination. Where to go,
what to see and, most importantly, are we strong enough to finish the
walk. Tatra trails are well prepared and marked, but it doesn't mean
that tourists shouldn't equip themselves with map – paper or
digital (bear in mind that connection can be lost at some places!).
First and foremost, to feel safe and call for help in need, we should
know the trail color, the place of our departure and the expected
destination of our walk. It's recommended to inquire about estimated
track finishing time and its description (track characteristic,
possible difficulties). It's worth remembering that trails in Tatra
are closed from dusk till dawn, so one should make plans for
accomodation after nightfall.
prepared for the journey should primarily be comfortable and adjusted
to the time of year. You can equip yourself with thermoactive
underwear which helps body ventilation. You should keep in mind that
even in summer, the higher parts of mountains can be cool and windy
so besides t-shirts, shorts, you should provide warmer clothes (for
example longlseeves, pants, rain jackets). Because of stronger
sunlight and wind, we should always remember about headgear (for
example buff scarf, baseball cap, ear coverings, head sash).
Sometimes even on summer, at windy days, thin gloves are necessary.
Also, suitable socks, preventing feet rubbing, and strong,
ground-holding trekking shoes are extremely crucial. If we plan on
staying in shelter, we shouldn't forget about house footware, for
example sandals or slippers.
Of course, the
most basic part of your gear should be comfortable and well matched
backpack. It should store sunglasses, cream with filter and
flashlight (preferably a headlight). It's good to have a basic
first-aid kit with elastic bandage, patches, respiration mask, gum or
latex gloves, and space blanket. You should also consider trekking
poles, which are helpful mostly when clibing down (knee joints
should primarily supply us with strength during the walk. Sandwitches
are suitable (with butter, cheese, ham, egg etc.) as well as
chocolade, dried fruits, bananas. Remember about the beverages
(water, warm and sweet tea).
Weather forecast and safety
departing we should charge our phone battery and read the weather
forecast (available on websites
Bear in mind that mountain storms are very dangerous and it's not
recommended to hike at the time. The fog is similairly deceiving and
can confuse even seasoned tourists. You should also be prepared for
track change and learn the surrounding trail layout before leaving.
Please note that trail colors do not mark their difficulty level.
To ensure your safety it's best to tell your relatives and
close ones about your plans (tour destination, chosen path, departure
time, estimted time of return, sleep location).
In case of
emergency, please call the number 601 100 300 (TOPR), 112 or use the
smartphone app available at
+48 18 20 634 44
will you find help?
main website of TOPR
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