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Hiking is a popular sport and an important factor for summer tourism. Especially in the Alpine countries there are a numerous of hiking trails to the huts, refuges, lakes and mountain peaks. The marked trails are maintained by members of the local alpine clubs.  In previous centuries hiking was necessary to find a jobs, for trade, for food search, to the pilgrim and to escape from the war.
Today the hiking is especially a sport in the leisure time for physical training and stress reduction, since the moderate sports effort will take longer than one hour the mental and physical well-being is enhanced significantly. With no other sport you can so freely take your own pace and make individually breaks. Of course if you’ll hike in groupes, the difficulty, distance and pace must be chosen so that even the weakest in the group can still feel joy.
Hiking in the mountains is known as mountain walking. The difference between mountain walking, hiking and mountain climbing are not well defined. Among other things, the climbing is bordered by hiking if you need your hands for help to climb up a rock. From an altitude hike we speak when it starts at a greater height and runs without much altimeters. Crossing or transition is when you hike over a pass and often leads from one shelter to another. As a wide-hiking is called a walking tour that takes over greater distances, and in several days on the road. In distance hiking is not intended in the course of the tour return to the starting point. Trekking is walking far away from marked trails. From a distance of 35 to 40km, and if the marches are organized is referred to a sports hiking tour. The Nordic walking comes from Finland and is more specifically in the last 20 years. This type of movement with sticks is tailored for long distances. Today we see on many hiking trails hikers who are traveling with two sticks. Many tourist areas have built interesting and informative topics like hiking and nature trails. In addition to information sheets and observation towers you’ll find often some other attractions on this tours. Another modern form of walking is geocaching. This is an electronic treasure hunt. First to register on a website like and then looks equipped with a GPS unit to get the geocache hidden in nature. But hiking is not limited to the summer. Many nature lovers hike very often also in winter with snow shoes on a mountain.

Don’t throw your trash away, because the waste is in the nature up to 4,000 years!
Cigarette butts and chewing gum decay after 5 years, Tetra Pack after 50 years, plastic bottle 300 years, aluminum cans 500 years and glass bottles after 4,000 years. So please take a bag and dispose your waste in the valley or at home. Especially it would be great if you would take the waste that other hikers have thrown away.

Walking is as other recreational activities are not entirely without risk and so you must observe some rules. Most fatal accidents happen during mountain hiking, followed by rock climbing. According to statistics only swimming is safer than hiking. Thus, the risk of playing soccer is 20 times greater. The most serious hazards in hiking are slips, falls and tripping. Some hikers their conditional estimate of performance and then they exhaust. Those who aren’t prepare very well for the tour and don’t watch the weather might threaten to loss the orientation, get a heat stroke, can get hypothermia, a lightning or suspend the avalanche danger. It is also reported again and again that people go without proper equipment (eg, with sandals and no food) on a hike.

Since most insurance companies does not pay for the rescue after an accident contract an additional insurance, or a membership in an alpine club. The Austrian Alpine Club included the "Alpine Association Worldwide Service" in the membership fee and includes recovery costs, repatriation from abroad, reimbursement for inpatient hospital stay, Europe insurance for many sports and a travel insurance.
But the membership also offers other interesting advantages such as 50% discount when staying in a shelter, training courses, interesting events of the local alpine club groups and discounted shopping in the online shop. More information you’ll find on

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