In the summer: first level information
Do you want to go on an easy hike?
Read the weather bulletins for the area you intend to visit at least 3/4 days before your trip. If you are not sure how to interpret them, ask an expert to help you. Pay particular attention to storm warnings.
Prepare the hike by consulting books or websites to identify the actual technical difficulties as listed below. For more information contact local sector operators such as guides, emergency rescue operators and mountain hut personnel.
Even if the trip is simple (for example, looking for mushrooms), always wear suitable footwear with moulded non-slip soles. Always take additional clothing in case the weather changes.
Take a topographical walking map of the area and a compass. Remember that when orienting the map, the part at the top must point northwards as indicated by the compass.
Always set out early, consider that in the summer storms are more frequent in the afternoon. Bear in mind that changes in the weather and crowding on some itineraries may increase the time taken.
Pay attention to the path you have chosen and stay on it at all times. CAI paths are usually numbered and marked as shown alongside. Do not take shortcuts as this damages the terrain.
Always take your rubbish back down with you; learn about the environment in which we are merely guests and do your best to preserve it and improve it for future generations.
If an accident occurs, telephone 118 immediately and answer all the operator’s questions calmly. Make the accident victim as comfortable as possible and avoid leaving him or her alone, protect from the cold. Do not attempt procedures you are not familiar with.