Monday, December 05, 2022

Mountain guide: Kids should be kept on leash when hiking

This summer Alpstein AI had an accident with five people – including a little girl. An expert gives tips on how to keep kids safe in the mountains.


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  • A mother and her daughter fell to death in Alpstein.
  • Since 1998, the Escher mountain hike has claimed the second highest number of deaths in the entire country.
  • A local mountain guide recommends being especially careful when traveling with children.

Alpstein AI is one of the most popular hiking areas in Switzerland. Especially Escher Mountain Inn and Sealpsy have also gained a lot of fame through social media.

But five deaths, including a five-year-old girl, have been reported in the area in recent weeks.

Sach calculated for the “Argauer Zeitung”: two of the three Swiss mountains with the most deaths between 1998 and 2021 are in the Alpstein region. Only the Great Methane claimed more lives in the canton of Schwyz.

It also has a lot to do with the fact that these routes are among the most popular hiking trails in the Alps. Appenzel mountain guide Guido Rumpfler hopes these accidents won’t deter pedestrians in Alpstein as originally intended.

But: “This should sharpen your focus and help you approach your self-evaluation honestly.”

do not carry small children

For mountaineering with kids, Rampfler recommends preparing well. Weather, equipment and route must be checked in advance. “The walking speed has to be adjusted for the weakest member.”

He advises: “Secure children with a six-millimeter cord, one child per adult, a maximum of two in exceptional cases. Keep the cord short (one stride) and taut.” Small children should not be carried in bags or in breast cloth.

Stay “Even While Peeing”

Concentrated walking by keeping an eye on the path is central. Also very important: «Don’t skip the safety ropes! Not even to enjoy the view or to take pictures, drink, pee or cross with other climbers.”

Rampfler appealed to hikers: “Stay on the marked path and never follow any shortcuts.” If you still get stuck, you can always turn back.

Do you think mountain climbing is too dangerous for children?

Under no circumstances should you put yourself in an emergency because of your ego. “If necessary, ask for help. And without shame.”

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