Practical stuff

If you're thinking of going walking in Alpine countries, here's some practical detail to help get you started.

Mobiles

As in the UK, Mobile phones are widespread, and coverage is often good. You should not rely on coverage in the mountains though. Voice calls with the UK are generally expensive - texts are a sensible way of remaining in touch at reasonable cost. If you plan to spend a while in any one country, or you want to use your mobile to book the next hut, then consider unlocking your phone and buying a pay as you go SIM card locally. With modern phones, it is feasible to take good quality pictures and movies with your phone as you go. You can even send pictures home from your phone though charges are high.