Safety on the mountain
1. Categorization of paths
The categorization of paths offers you an initial overview of the difficulties of the seven mountains. With these categories, you can more easily evaluate which of the Seven Summits are manageable for you.
|Technical difficulty||Requirements of the hiker|
|Hiking trail|| general accessible walking route|
wide construction with low gradients
|no mountain experience or special mountain equipment needed|
|Red mountain track|| mid grade, predominantly narrow path, often steep|
brief secured walking and climbing passages possible
| alpine experience needed|
appropriate physical condition
minimal mountain equipment
|Black mountain track|| difficult, narrow path, very steep almost everywhere, often exposed|
longer secured climbing passages
| good alpine experience|
strong physical condition
absolute sure-footedness and confidence
appropriate mountain equipment
|High mountain range - alpine route|| very difficult|
high alpine terrain, partially not marked and exposed path
unsecured walking and climbing passages
| absolute sure-footedness, confidence, strong physical condition|
appropriate mountain equipment
excellent orientation abilities
2. Seven Summits Rating
The rating (see tour descriptions) can be used to compare the different grades of difficulties of the 7 peaks with each other. The grade of difficulty consists of the physical and technical requirements upon the hiker.
Attention: The rating is based on good weather conditions in the summer. In case of adverse conditions (snow, storm, fog, etc.), the routes will be much more challenging or even inaccessible.
3. First Aid
☎ 140: mountain rescue – alpine emergency call
☎ 112: European emergency call (works with every mobile phone and with every available provider)
No mobile network?
Without a mobile network or in a location with no reception, no emergency call is possible. Change your position and continuously dial 112.
Euro emergency call: access to every available mobile network if you type 112 instead of the pin code after switching on the phone or use the SOS emergency call feature.
Notification of accident
- Who is on the phone? / leave a number to call back
- Where did the accident exactly happen?
- What happened?
- How many people are injured?
Emergency application of the Tyrolean mountain rescue
Smartphone users can install the new emergency app of the Tyrolean mountain rescue. This app assists with sending an emergency call and at the same time transmits the current position.
4. Hiking Checklist
- extensive tour planning in advance (gather information about routes, destination and group members)
- get weather forecast and follow the information about the current weather situation
- adapt the hiking tour and your destination to your own fitness and technique – in groups, watch out for the weakest member
- consult the alpine centers and mountain guide offices
- solid, ankle high trekking or hiking boot
- hiking gear
- glacier tools (crampon, ice axe, etc.)
- orientation tools (compass, GPS, etc.)
- bad weather clothing (rain coat, rain pant, gloves, beanie)
- mobile phone, water bottle, first aid kit, flashlight
- hygiene products, slippers and sleeping bag for the hut
Tips and advices
- constantly orient yourself
- watch out for alpine risks (rock falls, avalanche danger, weather changes)
- best to choose your clothing on the principle of layers
5. Alpin schools & Mountain guides
Professional governmentally-certified mountain guides can give you the highest standard of security on the mountain and grant you a unique and stress-free mountain adventure. Our guides are happy to lead you on your way to one of the Seven Summits: