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Fjellvettreglene

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Offline marufo

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Fjellvettreglene
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:03:05 AM »
An interesting article and a fun new word.
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Fjellvettreglene, known as Norway’s ‘mountain code’, was introduced after a several accidents occurred during Easter of 1950. After 15 people died in the elements during another Easter of 1967, the Norwegian Trekking Association and The Red Cross announced their campaign ‘Welcome to the mountains, but be responsible’. Fjellvettreglene, which encourages people to have a healthy and respectful relationship with nature, has since become a crucial part of Norwegian culture. It includes points such as planning your trip and reporting wherever you go, bringing necessary equipment to assist yourself and others, always knowing where you are, seeking shelter if necessary and feeling no shame in turning around.

“Fjellvettreglene taught us nature doesn’t care about our egos. We should show as much respect and take as much caution as possible..."

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171015-why-norway-is-teaching-travellers-to-travel

And here's some more on the subject including the pronunciation...
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Hiking in the Norwegian fjell [fyell] (mountains) can be a dangerous enterprise, especially when it’s late høst (autumn, fall), vinter and early vår [vor] (spring), and været (the weather) can’t make up its mind… All of a sudden, you can be trapped by a snøstorm (snowstorm, blizzard), or forced to climb on rocks that are treachorously slippery in the heavy rain…

With the intention of making hikers more aware of the dangers, and teach them how to avoid them, DNT (Den Norske Turistforening, the Norwegian Tourist Board) launched fjellvettreglene [FYELL-vet-reg-leh-neh] a few decades ago. The name rougly means ”rules of mountain intelligence”.

The nine rules are as follow:

    Legg ikke ut på langtur uten trening.
    Meld fra hvor du går.
    Vis respekt for været og værmeldingen.
    Vær rustet mot uvær og kulde selv på korte turer. Ta alltid med ryggsekk og det utstyret som fjellet krever.
    Lytt til erfarne fjellfolk.
    Bruk kart og kompass.
    Gå ikke alene.
    Vend i tide. Det er ingen skam å snu.
    Spar på kreftene og grav deg inn i snøen om nødvendig.

In English, that is:

    Don’t embark on a langtur (long trip, literally ’longtrip’) without training [beforehand].
    Report where you’re heading.
    Show respect for the weather and værmeldingen (the weather forecast, literally ’the weather message’).
    Be prepared for uvær (storm, bad weather, literally ’unweather’) and cold even on shorter trips. Always bring a ryggsekk (rucksack, literally ’back-bag’) and the equipment that the mountain requires.
    Listen to experienced fjellfolk (mountain people, hikers).
    Use a map and a compass.
    Don’t walk alone.
    Turn back in time. Turning back is no skam (shame).
    Save your energy and dig yourself into the snow if need be.

Notice the verb å snu [oh snoo], which is a really nice Norwegian word for ”to turn back”. Take care, and happy hiking! 🙂

https://blogs.transparent.com/norwegian/fjellvettreglene/

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Re: Fjellvettreglene
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 12:12:24 PM »
Excellent advice. Wonderful cultural response. We might add a tenth command to the Fjellvettreglene when applying it to Big Bend: always take a Norwegian with you.

Sadly, as an inveterate solo hiker (and non-Norwegian), I'm always in violation of that one. But I do pretty darn well on the others.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline dprather

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Re: Fjellvettreglene
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2017, 11:49:00 PM »
Outstanding!

But I read the thread because I thought it might have something to do with scooping and pooping.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Fjellvettreglene
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2017, 11:57:56 PM »
Outstanding!

But I read the thread because I thought it might have something to do with scooping and pooping.

 :eusa_naughty:
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

 


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