Mountain climbing and mountain sports are becoming ever more popular. The linking of physical activity to experiences of nature is for many the best imaginable way to balance everyday working life and stress. It provides a perfect way to escape the ‘rat race’ for a while.
The possibilities open to you in the fascinating mountain world are vast: hiking, high alpine tours, rock climbing in summertime; backcountry ski tours and ice climbing in wintertime. Anyone can find just the right thing, awaking new enthusiasm for outdoor life.
Our mountains and our alpine landscapes are fabulously beautiful, but there are also dangers and risks.
Pros to support you
Experience and ability on the one hand, knowledge and good equipment on the other: essential components to minimize risks and avoid accidents.
Although it is possible to purchase high quality equipment anywhere nowadays, going about it the right way requires knowledge and experience plus an extended learning phase.
That is where Salzburg’s Mountain Sports Association, employing about 120 nationally tested and certified mountain guides and ski guides, can provide major support.
It is automatically self-evident in sports such as golf or tennis to take lessons at the start, learn it the right way. Unfortunately, it is less customary for sports such as skiing or rock climbing to turn to experts and learn it the right way. Trying out mountain sports in alpine terrain can lead to fatal errors which are not possible in sports like golf and tennis.
Ready for deep powder
Particularly in wintertime, the phenomena snow and avalanches make a certain body of knowledge and ability imperative, both in assessing hazards and in the proper, efficient use of avalanche transceivers, beacons and other emergency equipment. It simply is not enough to have these devices along with you. The safe, sure way to use them in stress situations is indispensable in order to come to the aid of a companion in distress.
Mountain guides and Alpine Schools offer a wide variety of courses of instruction and training units. It is urgently advised not only to learn the theory and practice of snow and avalanche science, but to perfect it.
Those with an urge for deep powder snow who do not have knowledge of the terrain can nonetheless discover unlimited slopes of spectacular beauty by consulting nationally certified mountain guides and ski guides and getting valuable tips from them.
For additional details, please consult Salzburg’s Mountain Sports Guide Association atwww.bergfuehrer.at/salzburgof the alpine and mountain climbing schools in the province of Salzburg.