Piedmonts mountains provide evocative experiences unique to their alpine environments. It is here that the forces of nature provide visitors with a tangible understanding of their power. Through the seasons the scenery shifts from the depth of summer green to the warmth of russet autumn fading to the starkness of a snow white winter and finally full circle again to burst with the brilliance of multi-colour spring. It is impossible to take in the beauty of the glaciers, mountains, lakes and valleys, without reflecting on the harmonious relationship between man and nature. We hope that in some small way, the information we provide helps inspire you to explore these wondrous terrains in a safe and ecologically respectful way.
The Alps have been around for about million years and they represent a natural environment in which the forces of nature can be extreme. In order to get the best from Piedmont's mountain landscapes it is important to choose the right way to tackle them. If you plan to be walking, hiking, climbing or participating in any other mountain sports or activities, do not substitute this web site for experience and training, recognise your limitations. By respecting the forces of nature and taking sensible precautions you can keep safe and enjoy what is one of the most awe inspiring environments on this planet.
Mountains are dangerous places. We supply all information on this web site in good faith and readers understand we accept no responsibility for what you do in the mountains - be careful - be safe.
Whether you are walking alone or walking with a group you should always carry some basic equipment. Consider the following as a minimum:
Map and compass (and know how to use them)
A waterproof coat and over-trousers
Warm clothes (several thin layers is better than one thick layer)
Packed lunch (remember small bits during the day is better than a lot at once)
Water, and possibly a hot drink
Survival bag (for use in an emergency)
Whistle (the international distress signal is 6 blasts per minute repeated after one minute. The reply is 3 blasts)
A torch with spare battery and bulb (particularly if attempting a long walk in winter)
Wooly hat and gloves (especially in winter)
Hat, suncream and sunglasses (in summer)
Small first aid kit
Make you visit a sensible one
It does not matter which country or countryside you are in, please always follow the guidelines below:
Keep to the footpaths, short-cuts may be dangerous, cause erosion or get you chased by a monster bull
Do not throw or leave litter - carry out all that you took in
Close all gates behind you
Do not throw stones - what seems like harmless fun may be the start of a rock slide