Walking In The Sibillini Mountains
Routes in the Sibillini National Park are extremely mixed and varied from low level tree-lined strolls to exposed mountain ridge walks and scrambles; there is something to suit everyone’s ability.
In the case of emergencies the mountain rescue number is 118.
Maps for the national park area are widely available from many outlets i.e. tobacconists, book stores and the local tourist information center in the main towns. It is difficult to obtain local maps of the immediate areas outside of the national park so we have found the best map sources to be Google Maps, Google Earth and Open Street Map. Maps from these websites can be easily downloaded to a handheld GPS or mobile phone. If you are not running a GPS App on your phone we have found that the app View Ranger, available from Google Play, is by far the best and is totally free! Check the link:- http://my.viewranger.com
A small selection of maps and routes are available for guest use on-site.
Things To Remember
- Check the weather forecast – even though it may be warm and sunny the weather can change at an alarming rate in mountainous areas, storms/high wind/heavy rain can build up very quickly. 4-day forecast available in English on: – http://meteo.regione.marche.it/previsioni.aspx
- Try not to walk in the mountains alone, and if you choose to it is advisable to inform a reliable person of your plans and route and expected time of return. Remember also to let them know that you have returned.
- Be aware of and be realistic about your own ability and that of your walking partner(s) and know when to retreat for another day.
- We would advise to take out personal insurance cover that includes outdoor activities as mountain rescue in Italy could be expensive.
Things to be aware of when out and about
The nature of the mountain terrain is extremely diverse. Most of the animal life is friendly but be aware that there are also scorpions, small vipers, wolves and wild boar. Out advise is if you leave them along they will go out of their way to avoid you.
If you are planning a route please check for the latest updates on conditions of the walks.
A guide can be provided by prior arrangement.
- Stout shoes with adequate ankle support.
- Map of the area you are going to explore and compass (and the ability to use them.) even if using a walking guidebook, paths may become obscured.
- Day bag / rucksack.
- Sun cream / hat / sunglasses.
- Water – generally minimum 2 litres per person but this depends on the temperatures, planned length and your excursions and your personal needs. Water from local springs in general is good but be aware of farms and huts above you and only drink from flowing water.
Remember the refuges tend to be lower down.
- Clothing – temperatures can fluctuate greatly during the day and depending on the altitude so warm clothing for some stage in your adventure may be necessary.
- Food – you will not find refreshments in the mountains, take plenty with you.
- Watch / Mobile
- Walking Poles – can be a great aid on steep ground and invaluable when descending on stony descents where there may be loose rocks.