The mountain tops of Jotunheimen has attracted Rune Haug since he was a little boy. Many years and countless mountaindays later he’s guiding turists and less experienced mountaineers in and upwards the mountain party where he has worn out a long line of hiking boots.
The Heat Experience team are really inspired of all the knowledge Rune has – and we’d love to share it with you.
1. Do research – weather ahead
- Figure out what you wan’t out of the trip, and be prepared that things can happen underway, Rune warns.
- A repeater is that people are suprised by the thin air in the mountains. Breathing gets heavier, you move slower forward and often use more time than first planned.
Rune recomends physical preparation to be best prepared for your trip.
- Some people are suprised that they are in poorer shape than they first thought, while others are suprised the trip went so easy, Rune smiles and adds:
- It`s important not to take over your head. And if your not used to spending the entire day outside in nature, it might be a good idea to do a couple of test trips near home in different weather conditions – outreach bad weather under controlled conditions. This way you can feel how it’s experienced.
The experience might decrease by entirely unnecessary causes.
2. Dress reasonable
- Many people are suprised by the mountain weather and don`t think that it can be winter there even though it`s summer at home. At Galdhøpiggen (Norways highest mountain) you can often be able to sit at the top in your t-shirt one day, and you have to wear a down jacket the next day.
Rune mean that a basic knowledge about how to dress is important for the safety in the mountains.
- Rescue operations because of bone fracture is rear, most of the operations are started because of poor preparations combined with bad weather conditions. People often go out for a longer trip In their sneakers, sandals or snowjoggers, and we have seen it all, Rune says.
He also warns about going in the opposite trap: believe to be secure, just because you have advanced equipment.
3. Don`t belive that expensive equipment can replace knowledge.
- We see it over and over again: people buy expensive equipment and head of without necessary knowledge about different types of snow and avalanche danger. This specially occur in winter time, Runa says.
- People often sit down to have lunch right below a hill where it`s hi possibilities for avalanche or incoming skiers. It can potentially be life threatening.
Rune recommend to contact professionals if you are unsure.
- “Better safe than sorry” is a great rule to bring to the mountains. You can never be entirely secure, but the old mountain rule about listening to experienced mountaineers doesn`t make the situation worse.