Safety First Before You Hike Norwegian Mountain

Safety First Before You Hike Norwegian Mountain

The Norwegian Mountain Code (called "Fjellvettreglene" in Norwegian) was introduced on the basis of a series of accidents that occurred at Easter 1967, when 18 people died in the mountains. After this Easter the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian Mountain Touring made a committee that was to run the prevention work. As a result, the campaign "Operation Mountain" was launched under the motto "Welcome to the mountains - but take responsibility themselves." The Norwegian Mountain Code was revised and relaunched, and it was initiated campaigns to spread knowledge about Mountain through the media and printed matter. The Norwegian Mountain Code:

  • Do not plan a long trip without training
  • Tell people where you're going or Leave word of your route
  • Show respect for the weather forecast
  • Be prepared and equipped against bad weather and cold, even on short trips
  • Listen to experienced mountaineers and learn from the locals
  • Use a map and a compass
  • Do not go alone
  • Turn around in time, there is no shame in returning
  • Conserve energy and build a snow shelter if necessary

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Recommended links for safety and mountain knowledge:

  • Wikipedia - Mountaineering: Information about the history of climbing, traveling technique, shelters, different hazards, locations, and more
  • UCD Mountaineering Club - Equipment List: List of necessary mountaineering equipment, including hiking and camping equipment list. Provides useful links as well as information about climbing, bouldering, hiking, mountaineering, camping tips, and alpinism
  • Norwegian Trekking Association: Detailed information about DNT tours, routes, cabins, Norwegian mountain terrain, the Norwegian Mountain Code, summer and winter gear and equipment, and others.
  • Nordic Experience: Information about Fjord sightseeing, fishing tours, kayak tours, glacier tours, adventure tours, sailing, and more
  • Leirvassbu, Juvasshytta and Krossbu: Information about mountain lodges in Leirvassbu, Juvasshytta, and Krossbu, as well as glacier walks, courses, summit hikes, travel guides, and more
  • Mountains on the Western Coastline: Information about the mountains in Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, and Møre og Romsdal
  • The Sea King Squadron of the Norwegian Air Force are responsible for providing helicopter support to mountain rescue operations in Norway along with the Norwegian Red Cross Air Ambulance. They are also
  • tasked in offshore SAR operations, and air ambulance operations. The Sea King crews are made up of 6 members including two pilots, an engineer, a navigator, a rescue swimmer, and an anesthetist.
  • The Norwegian Search and Rescue (SAR) Service is a fully integrated set of services directed by a joint coordinating organization responsible for all types of rescue operations (sea, land and air). These services are performed through a cooperative effort involving government agencies, voluntary organizations and private enterprise The Search and Rescue Corps is also one of two national competence centres of the Norwegian Red Cross for sea rescues. Besides its search and rescue services, it also conducts training and tests materials for the Norwegian Red Cross and other organisations,. The Corps received the material that Jo Engebrigtsen desired to test in March of2008. The tests were primarily carried out in connection with the Holiday Service of the Search and Rescue Corps. The distances were measured using a chartplotter and radar.
  • Norwegian Air Ambulance is the famous air service in all area of Norway.The air force squadron is operated about twelve Sea King Helicopters.
  • Kongsberg Red Cross Rescue Corps main activities are during the wintertime. Provide the Ski Patrol services in Kongsberg Skisenter, and we have two cabins or mountain rescue stations with snow mobiles and ambulance services in the mountains surrounding Kongsberg throughout the winter season.
  • The Norwegian Red Cross is a modern, nationwide organisation which, in recent years, has about 170.000 members. Provide mountain rescue service, working with Aids and an emergency telephone helpline for children and the young.


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