Lake Achensee mountain summer etiquette

MTB tour in Steinberg - behind the Rofan mountains ©Erwin Haiden

The mountain ranges surrounding Lake Achensee are amazing, and they will surely stay that way thanks to our very considerate guests and locals. No warning or prohibition signs are needed, and certainly no tutorials – we all know the proper behaviour in the mountains.

Here are six humorous common-sense tips to address serious topics which should be self-evident:

We are only guests on this planet.

1) Take your rubbish with you
During the mountain summer at Lake Achensee, it goes without saying that everyone takes their rubbish back with them so as not to annoy people or animals. A huge network of hiking trails runs through the mountain landscape and every hiker knows that unfortunately, there is no rubbish collection. The huge vehicles couldn’t be low enough in emission to be allowed into the natural world which deserves protection. This is the reason why there are no rubbish bins on the mountaintops. But we all know that!

2) Collect dog poo & keep your dog on a leash
Time and time again, our four-legged friends put us to the test. But such a moral authority is actually not bad. It is well known that many dogs get annoyed with their owners if they don’t clean up after them. How is a dog supposed to collect poo? Have you ever tried to use a dog poo bag without hands? Exactly. It is understandable that dogs are embarrassed if their droppings remain in the landscape – luckily there are some dog toilets (LINK) in the Achensee region. Also, the marmots are not amused when they find dog poo or that the entrance to their burrow has been dug up. That’s why they keep reminding us – friendly but pointedly – that dogs have to be kept on a leash at all times. But we all know that! LINK: https://maps.achensee.com/#overview,13108,13108

3) Be aware of the dangers around cattle
A loud “moo!” can be heard from the pasture. It’s okay to return the greeting, but please speak quietly and don’t wave. Cows can be skittish and sometimes they hit the wrong note. But we know this from our own perspective: We enjoy basking in the sun at the outdoor pool with our family and at regular intervals, one cow after the other walks over our towel, her lap dog in tow. And most of them try to pet us, how unpleasant! But we all know that!

4) Danger of forest fires
Summer in Tirol is not as hot as in the Sahara, and although the mountains at Lake Achensee are not made of sand, it can get quite dry. So dry that not only grill masters but also smokers have to stop their favourite hobbies because the heat can become unbearable. But there’s not really much to say about the danger of forest fires – we all know that!

5) Drones
Apps, smart watches & digital hiking pins – technology plays an increasingly important role in outdoor recreation. Drones are also becoming more and more popular, sweetening up the day of the pilots: At last, looking at the mountains from a bird’s eye view or peeking over the fence of the nudist area! Even if the legal situation still doesn’t seem to be quite clear to some pilots, one should have a little sense for privacy and avoid the airspace of such properties. Also, take-off and landing areas of paragliders are not suitable for extended drone flights. Having such an honourable occupation, pilots should be able to proudly claim: “We all know that!

6) Planning and preparing tours ahead is important
Last but not least, there is one more issue which we don’t have to point out anymore: proper tour planning. It goes without saying that you should start your hiking tour with enough water, food and time. And it’s also obvious that you should look up to the sky (or on your smartphone) from time to time to get informed about current weather conditions. And now we don’t want to strain all our time with reading – being outdoors in nature and on the mountains is much more fun. But we all know that!

We all need some fun, but…
Despite all the humour, of course, we don’t want to ignore the seriousness of the issues raised. Time and again, there have been incidents throughout the Alpine region where people have not prepared properly or didn’t get informed before venturing outdoors and into the mountains. Our aim is to give you tips to stay safe. Being in the outdoors entails risks, and while some issues can seem a bit trivial, like “forgetting” one’s rubbish on the mountain, the wrong behaviour can result in you or other humans getting injured. Above all, forest fires and aggressive cattle can present serious danger that should not be underestimated. We don’t want to lecture our visitors, but proper conduct in nature is essential. We believe in common sense and that by following certain rules everyone can have a great time. We wish everyone who is spending time outdoors a good time with many positive experiences!