SKI TOURING AND BUSH WALKING
• Plan your trip carefully;
• Check all of your personal and group equipment;
• Let someone know before you go;
• Take mobile phone and emergency numbers;
• If lost, stay where you are;
• Always carry emergency rations
and equipment;
• Never ski or walk alone;
• Always carry wind and waterproof clothing;
• Never wear jeans;
• Always carry at least one litre of water;
• For maximum comfort a rucksack should be personally fitted;
• Wear a wide brimmed hat and sun cream;
• Carry out all rubbish;
• Take care of the environment;
• Observe fire lighting regulations.
  Ski touring and bushwalking are great ways of enjoying the alps all year round. Whether you plan a day trip or extended ski tour or bushwalk, the following information will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Planning
Planning is important and the following measures should be taken:
• Improve fitness;
• Obtain maps and information about the area;
• Organise and check equipment;
• Prepare for all weather conditions and devise emergency plans;
• Let someone know before you go.
(See Trip Intentions Form in this book.)

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Alcohol & Drugs are fuel for disaster in the snow, they impair your judgement and your ability. Your reaction times are significantly reduced and increase the risk of injury. The whole alpine experience begins when you leave home and doesn’t finish until you return. Avoid alcohol consumption and the use of illegal substances, because they increase your risk of hypothermia.

Alcohol & Drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond to an emergency.