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Advice for a one day snow hike?

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So... since we have our annual winter sports day on Friday, I've decided to join for a (roughly) day long hike in the snowy mountains of Austria. The thing  is that my knowledge on hiking is fairly limited, so I've been wondering on what to wear and take with me to the trip (and what not).

Hope someone has advice, but nevermind if you don't :)

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Wear light layers and avoid cotton.  Wool socks are best unless you're hitting arctic cold.  Outer layer( jacket at least) should be a modern or heavy  material that will stop wind.  Shoes should have good traction... and leave the heavy steel toes at home unless your climbing through loose rock.  Hats keep the sun off and the heat in, gloves and scarves/bandannas keep the wind off.

 

Take along at least a liter or two of water, and a little more food than you think you'll need.  High protein fatty food and carbs.  Think sausage, tuna/sardines/kippers, boiled eggs, easily carried fruit, a favorite with my friends is peanut butter and honey sandwiches.  And don't be dainty with the diet the day before, fuel up and hydrate like crazy.

 

Other than that take your favorite pocket knife or multi-tool, a lighter, some band-aids, maybe an ace wrap, and some string or paracord.  Sunscreen and or chapstick if you think you'll need em.   If you'll be on established trails can you get or print out a map? 

 

I don't know exactly what the conditions will be like for you, but that's the basic stuff I'll take on a day hike in the Appalachians.

 

Leave the survival gadgets, weather radios, guide books and binoculars at home... but grab the camera. 

A note about cell phones in the mountains... phones can be great light weight cameras on hikes, but use airplane mode.  There's usually no reception at altitude, and constantly trying to connect will kill the battery fast.

 

*Edit* -Almost forgot, take a handful of toilet paper in a plastic baggy.  It can be fire-starter, Kleenex, napkin, bandage, a trail marker... or toilet paper.

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Thanks for the advice :)

The area of Austria we will be in is, as far as I know, still very mild (or, in other words, just a bit colder than what we're used to in our area in winter).

Your advice on food also seems more than reasonable, although there are more than enough inns in range (since it's a specialised winter sports town/area surrounding). The trails will be established ones as well. Otherwise, this wouldn't be the thing for me as beginner.

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Okay so far - my biggest issue were wrong shoes and ending up with a sunburn. Other than that, I met a nice old man from that area who not only told me about nature and the local surroundings, but about their culture as well. There isn't much to tell aside from that, though.

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