Take care of yourself out there

The most crucial safety measures that you take on your winter trek are taken at home. Plan your trip and prepare yourself with knowledge and the right equipment – in many cases it is not about having the most recent, or the most advanced, equipment, but rather knowing how to efficiently use the equipment you have and how to improvise when unexpected situations arise. First and foremost you should be careful. Turn back instead of pushing on if the weather is bad, choose simple routes and always travel with a companion.

We have gathered here information and tips about how to be safe on your trek.

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  1. Confusion a sign of hypothermia

    Confusion a sign of hypothermia

    Hypothermia occurs when your body can no longer maintain a normal temperature. Read more »
  2. Dehydration


    A mere two per cent fall below your body’s optimal hydration level leads to a twenty per cent fall in your body’s ability to perform. Read more »
  3. Frostbite


    When the temperature of a specific part of your body falls, this is usually called frostbite. Frostbite can be either superficial or deep. Read more »
  4. Self-evaluation


    You can avoid hypothermia and frostbite by regularly monitoring your status and the status of the other members of your party during the trek. Read more »
  5. First aid

    First aid

    In a winter environment, dealing with injuries can quickly feel extremely stressful. Read more »
  6. Prevention


    Several basic, simple routines can help prevent frostbite. The goal is to always be dry, warm and well-fed. Read more »
  7. Lighting a fire

    Lighting a fire

    Knowing how to light a fire is a source of security when on a winter trek. Read more »
  8. Personal hygiene

    Personal hygiene

    Even if it is difficult and uncomfortable to take care of your personal hygiene during your winter trek... Read more »