due to emergency signs
Mountain hiking is usually a pretty safe sport and emergency cases are highly rare. But still, you can not preclude happenings such as sudden health problems or getting into bad weather or thunder storms, where you might need immidiate help. As the first and also only vacation region in the alps, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis has introduced a complete SOS-geolocating on its hiking trails.
The SOS-system for mountain hikers in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis rests on two columns. Column number one is the hiking map, which you can find inside of the hiking guide. In this map you will find all important signposts with the related numbers. The second column is the SOS-signpost in the terrain itself, on which emergency signs got affixed this spring.
The whole region contains about 500 of these signs, which are provided with green-white labels. These signs show the number of the signposts, the telephone number of the mountain rescue service and the telephone number of the international rescue service, the map datum, the GPScoordinates and the current height above the sea level.
If an emergency situation appears, you can dial the emergency number with your cellphone and give out information about the GPS-coordinates and the map datum (for example: WGS 84). This allows them to find your current position with centimetre precision and the rescue service does not loose any time by searching for an inaccurate declared position.
Another benefit is the exact specification of the trails in this hiking guide. You will find on the following pages at every trail the signposts number of the important junctions. These are a combination of the beginning letters of the actual village and a three-digit number. This allows us to make hiking in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis more comfortable and safe.