Choosing the right equipment is essential for success, safety and pleasure of your hike. Plan it carefully and you’ll experience the perfect hiking holidays! Before filling up your backpack, think carefully which route you are hiking. Remember, especially if your goal is a multiday hike, terrain changes constantly and you will certainly have to face some steep slopes, easy climbing and probably even several patches of snow. Therefore, plan carefully what you take in your backpack
What to wear?
Even if your hike takes place in the hot summer months, the Alps can be a cold place. In the summer months, the temperatures can reach more than 25 degrees above 2000m, but at night it can drop significantly, even down to zero degrees. You should combine light summer clothes with a warm sweater and waterproof jacket and this way be prepared for all kind of scenarios.
What about technical equipment?
The terrain in the Alps is often challenging. Even if you’re avoiding difficult, via ferrata (climbing route, protected with a steel cable) routes, chances you’ll be hiking under a tall wall, are big. Therefore, a helmet is the essential part of your technical equipment. Apart from the helmet, here is a short list of technical equipment needed for hiking Slovenian Alps:
- A helmet
- Via ferrata set (highly recommended for all via ferrata routes, also Triglav)
- Crampons and ice axe (winter, spring and early summer hikes)
Food & beverage is also important!
There is no point in stressing the importance of carrying a plentiful supply of food and beverages. The question you’re probably asking yourself is where to refill your supply? Well, after you start your hike in the valley, options will be limited. We recommend bringing your own sandwiches, snacks and plenty of water. Huts are mostly a few hours walk away, so don’t always rely on them. Anyway, you can always get a meal or a snack in mountain huts (when they’re open) – (for prices, click here).
Can you drink water from springs/streams?
When it comes to water, you have to be careful. It gets very hot in the summertime and you have to be sure to always carry enough supply to last for the whole day, which is usually at least 3 litres, depending on each individual. Hiking in the Alps will lead you past several streams and springs and temptation will surely be strong. To your relief – yes, most streams and especially springs are drinkable. The most important thing to remember is not to drink from a standing water, like Triglav lakes.
And last but not least…
THE MAP! On your way, you’ll find many paths, marked and unmarked. It’s very wise to carry a proper map. Although some maps exist for portable devices, they can be quite unreliable, so it’s good to carry a physical map. They’re cheap (6€ – 9€) and you can buy them in several stores across the country. Two most popular hiking stores in Slovenia are Iglu Šport and Kibuba.