Mountain safety advice and Emergency Numbers
Mountain safety advices can safe lives in the pure nature of the alpine mountains of Vorarlberg
- Every mountain tour requires planning with a guide and map. Information from alpine associations and local experts (e.g. chalet landlords) may help significantly.
- Ensure you have appropriate equipment and clothing. Above all firm boots with grippy soles, protection against rain and cold are essential.
- Prior to departure inform your host, the hotel personnel or friends of the route and destination of the tour, as well as the probable time of return.
- Always take sufficient drinks with you! Any form of alcohol should be avoided when on a walking tour.
- Do not excite any animals; instead behave „normally“ and do not show signs of fear. Do not leave paths when on mountain pastures and pass animals at a good distance.
- Always keep your dog on a lead. Under no circumstances may dogs be allowed to chase livestock, suckling cows are particularly protective of their calves. If, however, livestock should attack your dog then allow it to run free for its own protection.
- From 2,000 m above sea level give yourself time to acclimatise! Be aware of the warning signs (above all headaches).
- Do not move rocks (risk of injury to other mountain walkers). Pass by areas at risk of rock falls in single file, quickly and without stopping.
- Carefully observe weather developments - also before setting off on the tour! In the event of a threat of weather changing turn back without delay, and if storms break out seek a protected location and leave ridges or exposed sites. (Attention: Never stand under isolated trees).
Hiking trail system Vorarlberg
Waymarkers are listed according to difficulty.
The location number can save lives!
The location number is used by emergency services to find your exact location, this helps with rapid assistance.
Alpine emergency signal & numbers
A visual or acoustic signal six times per minute followed by a one minute pause and then repeated.
- Visual signals are usually light signals issued with a torch or mirror, the waving of arms or the oddly uncommon use of a bright item of clothing or a bivouac sack whirled in the air to attract attention.
- Acoustic signals - where possible in combination with visual ones - are issued by shouting or whistling.
- During a helicopter rescue: If you have visual contact with the helicopter, signal using outstretched arms shaped in a „Y“ (for Yes) to confirm that you require help. A handkerchief held in the hand indicates the wind direction to the pilot. The helicopter will attempt to land against the wind and you should therefore stand with your back to the wind. If the helicopter comes in to land then drop slowly to your knees and hold your arms in a „Y“ position at all times. It is important that you do not move until you receive a signal from the pilot. The helicopter uses the marshal (which is you) as a reference point. If visibility is poor, the pilot is often only able to see the marshal. If the marshal moves in one direction then the helicopter will also move in this direction.
Alpine emergency number in Vorarlberg: 144
International emergency number: 112
This emergency number is for the police. Simply switch your mobile off then switch it on again and enter „112“ in place of the pin code.
Anyone who detects an emergency signal should respond with the same signal in a cycle of 3 signals per minute. Persons requiring assistance then know that a rescue mission is being initiated.
If something should happen
- What has happened?
- Where did the accident take place?
- How many injured persons need rescuing?
- When did the accident take place?
- Who reports it?
Furthermore, in the event of a helicopter rescue:
- What weather conditions exist at the site of the accident?
- Where does the helicopter need to go?
Never terminate the call yourself but instead follow the questions of the operator and remain available to talk. If no network coverage exists, change your location (hilltop, ridge, etc) and try once more to establish a connection.