With the arrival of spring, mountain enthusiasts begin to plan routes in areas where the snow has disappeared or, at least, begin to melt. After a long winter that maybe stopped many of us from going on the trails, we thought about refreshing the list of essentials that any mountain lover should take with him on a hike or hike. trip.
Even the most experienced mountaineers often forget to put everything they need in their backpacks, especially in the spring after they get out of the rhythm if they take a break during the winter. The essentials in the backpack should necessarily contain the following: a compass, map, food, spare clothing, fuel for fire, matches, knife, sunglasses, flashlight/front, first aid kit.
Even for a short turn, spare clothes are extremely important. The reason is that, during the climb, the weather can be nice and warm, but even if spring has arrived, temperatures can drop considerably during the climb. Also, the index of thermal comfort can be diminished by the wind, especially when you are near the lakes or on the tops of the mountain. In order not to suffer from the cold, it is important to have appropriate clothing for you. Also, don't forget about the rain cap, no matter how clear the sky is when you start. It would be advisable to take into account that there is a risk of getting used to your feet as well, so in no way do you forget about spare socks! Moreover, in the spring you can still meet snowy areas, so investing in a pair of parasols is equally important. These will be of real use to you in areas with snow, wet vegetation or if you have to cross a river.
During the hike, it is vital to have enough food and water for you, so that you do not get to the point where you have to squeeze your snacks too drastically.
In the spring, a map and compass are vital, especially because of the snow and wind that can affect your visibility.
The first aid kit is also a must-have, so make sure you have it with you and that it contains everything you need; Don't forget about the annoying bumps that may occur!
Sometimes, in July you may encounter snow on the mountain, so this aspect deserves enough attention. It looks at the following:
Reviews of other mountaineers
These are an excellent means of information from which you can easily find out what are the conditions on the route you set out to start; With their help, you will be able to outline an idea of the location to choose and what to expect on the way. It would be useful and advisable to share your experience on your return as well, to be useful to others preparing for the journey.
Contacting the rescue points
The best source for information is represented by the nearest lifeguard in the area where you proposed to start. With the help of the information received from here, you can find out if it is advisable to start in the area already chosen or if it is still wise to change your route or even delay the hike.
The weather and the snow layer
Spring, weather, and temperatures are extremely capricious on the mountain, so it's important to check these two. You can do this from specialized sites and we recommend that you enquire about the risks of avalanches, as well as the speed of the wind.
The dangers you may encounter during the spring
The most important situations of spring include muddy paths, rain, snow, and strong wind. It is encouraging, however, that as time goes on, conditions will improve, and the trees that fall off the vines will be removed and the droughty areas will dry out.
This causes the route to get slippery, especially during the morning, when the temperatures are still quite low. You may encounter partially melted snow that will cover the trails, and weather conditions could also cause avalanches. On melted snow, it is advisable to walk with the utmost care and using trekking sticks. If you fall, there is an increased risk of sprain. Moreover, we recommend that you have slip protection and waterproof and non-slip boots.
It is important to know the path very well and to have a very well developed sense of orientation.
Take a raincoat with you, because, especially in spring, the weather is changing rapidly. The spare clothes will save you in case of rain, wind, fog, and perspiration and will prevent you from hypothermia, as this is a risk during the spring.
Do not forget that, with the melting of the snow, it also becomes more dangerous to cross the watercourses.
Whenever you can, continue on your way through the mud, but use the trekking sticks and pay close attention to the terrain you walk on, because it can slip.
If you are thinking about going with the tent, carefully choose the campsite and do not forget to make sure you have a suitable tent for the spring.