On the move

On the move

Regardless whether you are going to follow a marked trail in the mountains or in low-lying terrain or if you are going to create your own path, you must be comfortable using a map and compass. Reading the landscape and tracking your progress on the map not only makes the trek safer, but also more fun since you become aware of what is around you.

By studying the map in advance and setting up appropriate daily goals, you can plan your route and find places to take a break, things to see and potential campsites. Also, remember to plan the route so you do not have to ford streams often, and when it is unavoidable, so you ford them in the safest locations possible.

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  1. Weather & wind

    Weather & wind

    When you are living outdoors and moving around in nature, you need to adapt your schedule to the weather. Read more »
  2. Navigation


    Being able to navigate with a map and compass is a fundamental skill for being safe in the wilderness. Read more »
  3. Planning


    A successful trek starts long before the departure date. Studying the map is an important – and rather enjoyable – part of preparing for the trip. Read more »
  4. During your trek

    During your trek

    When you are on a trek, you are closer to nature. To make your trek as enjoyable as possible, it is best to let the rhythm of nature set the pace. Read more »
  5. Fording streams

    Fording streams

    Fording a stream is one of the riskiest parts of a mountain trek and you should choose the safest location possible. Read more »