On the trail



Dangerous or unwanted situations can happen anytime during your thru hike, but with the right preparations you will be able to hike safely. It helps if you know how to handle and react in unexpected and difficult situations and how to prevent them from getting worse.


It often takes months to prepare a thru-hike, but having the right preparations will pay off in the end. In the following articles we share more information about various topics that are important to consider when preparing for your thru-hike. Planning Problems on the trail will not be an issue when you have the right planning. Do you know how to navigate using a map and compass or do you need to take GPS? GPS will allow you to navigate in situations with low visibility. Button: Planning


When you start your hike physically and mentally fit, you decrease the risk for injuries and lower the chance of having to end your hike early-on. Button: Preparation


Your hike will be more comfortable if you have the right gear. Try to take as little as possible, but do not forget the essentials. Button: Gear Before you leave, it is useful to learn more about the weather and how to estimate weather conditions. It can be very annoying, and even dangerous, if you make a wrong call high up in the mountains. Always keep an eye out for the weather forecast!

If something happens

It is important to know what to do if something happens on your thru-hike. Within Europe you can always dial 112 for emergency situations. Next to this, you can also call a land/local emergency number or the (mountain)rescue services. These number will vary for each country. When you are hiking outside of Europe it is essential to put the emergency numbers in your phone and write them down somewhere. Know where to put your insurance papers or download them on your phone. Always make sure that you have travel insurance that covers your adventures. In the Netherlands it is advisable to get a travel insurance from the NKBV. Follow a first-aid course before you leave so you know how to treat various injuries. It might not be useful for yourself, but maybe you can help another hiker in need with the knowledge you gained. A Some basic knowledge regarding different types of medication that you can use on the trail is also advisable. This encompasses things like Oral Rehydation Salts (ORS), Norrit, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or medication specifically for you.

Let people know where you are

One of the most important rules when hiking is to let your friends and family know where you are. This can be done by sending them coordinates, GPS-signals or by just sending them a message when possible. If something happens on the trail, they will roughly know where you are and can act faster with this information. On some trails it is possible to leave your information in a logbook or in trailnotes found in mountain huts or checkpoints. It is recommended to use this!
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