Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.
GPS data and orienteering
Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.
In an emergency please call:
- 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
- 112 - European GSM emergency number
Tips, hints and links
From the valley head at Eschachalm further into Obertal the landowners do not allow to bring along dogs.
Tourist information: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at
Getting thereFrom Schladming take provincial highway L722 to Rohrmoos. At the roundabout continue towards Obertal on provincial highway L723. In the village of Untertal make a right after hotel Landauerhof and continue on Obertalstraße until you reach the hiking trail head at Eschachalm. The last 2 kms of the road are a gravel road.
ParkingParking is available at the hiking trail head Eschachalm.
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A well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.
Ankle-high hiking shoes are recommended.