© Photo: Steyr and the National Park Region/Sieghartsleitner: Anlaufalm
Cows lie in the green meadow, in the background the Anlaufalm, popular destination for hikers and cyclists

Sicherheit und Eigenverantwortung

In order to fully enjoy a tour, it is important to carry out an honest self-assessment and planning in advance. Consider whether your current fitness level is sufficient for the planned tour and pay attention to your body during the tour and possible warning signs such as overexertion, hunger, thirst and lack of concentration. Risks should be avoided and external factors such as weather conditions and visibility should be taken into account. This is the only way to create the best possible basis for enjoying the tour safely and without any unpleasant surprises. Don't forget that the fun at the end also depends on safe and responsible planning.

© Photo: Cow with distant view (c) TVB Steyr + National Park Region/T-Man
[Translate to Englisch:] Cow decorated with flowers for the Almabtrieb, looking into the distance of the Steyr Valley
© Foto OEBB/Philipp Horak: Cityjet
Frau mit Rucksack vor einam Zug am Bahnhof

Respectful treatment of nature

When trail running, it is particularly important to treat nature with respect. This includes staying on the trails and not leaving them in order to protect sensitive ecosystems. Taking rubbish with you is also a must in order to keep nature clean.

Behaviour with grazing animals: You should ensure you keep as much distance as possible from grazing animals and slow down so as not to frighten them. Stay on the hiking trails and use the gates provided so as not to disturb the animals. Avoid making unnecessary noise so as not to stress and panic grazing animals. Pay particular attention to mother cows, as they protect their calves well. It is important not to stroke calves and young animals, as mother cows often see this as a threat. If you are out and about with your dog, keep him on a short lead and immediately unleash him if things get dicey. If grazing animals approach you, keep calm, avoid them and don't turn your back on them.

Travelling by public transport

For us, the accessibility of our trail tours by public transport is a decisive factor in terms of sustainability. We want to make a contribution to environmental protection and avoid unnecessary traffic on our roads. We therefore encourage our trail runners to use public transport or carpool and thus contribute to environmentally conscious behaviour.

© Photo: Salzkammergut/Katrin Kerschbaumer: Cyclist's Equipment Recommendation
There is a backpack with a first aid kit and some cycling equipment on a bench. The cyclist is standing next to the bench.


The equipment required always depends on the tour and the weather conditions. With regard to catering: This is very individual and it is advisable to carry too much rather than too little when it comes to equipment and food.
Less is needed for a 5 km tour in the valley than for a demanding tour in the mountains. The weather can change quickly and if you are not constantly on the move or need to take a break, for example, warm clothing is very important.

We have a general checklist for you here:

  • Weather-appropriate running gear for the season - weather forecast - region - altitude. This includes, among other things

    * a waterproof rain jacket
    * waterproof rain trousers that are suitable for running
    * Gloves and warm headgear (hat/headband/tube scarf)
    + Sunglasses + sun cream + headgear for very warm days

  • Trail running shoes
  • Drinking bottles, soft flasks or a hydration bladder with enough liquid for the respective tour (possibly also salt tablets/magnesium)
  • Snacks for an energy boost in between: Energy bars, gels, chocolate, trail mix,
  • Running rucksack: ideally a trail running waistcoat / trail running rucksack or a waist belt for short tours.
  • Drypack: to keep your valuables or change of clothes dry (optionally a small rubbish bag)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Small first aid pack. In my opinion, an Israeli bandage is highly recommended: this is a wound and pressure bandage that can be used with one hand. You can find details here.
  • Emergency whistle (often integrated into the trail rucksack)
  • Mobile phone
  • Maps (online and/or offline)
  • E-card or insurance card
  • Some cash
  • Grödeln/spikes: these can be a great advantage in winter and in icy conditions.
  • Folding poles for trail running
  • Headlamp