planning-a-hike

It doesn’t matter if you are going for a half hour stroll or a multi-day trek, the principles are still the same.

Plan your hike

  • Will this be a solo or group hike?
  • Research your trip using a current map and advice from experience walkers and local authorities.
  • Understand the environment you are entering and risks associated with it, plan for the unexpected.
  • Emergency response / rescue can take time always have an emergency plan factored into your trip.
  • Know how to access local emergency response via phone and/or radio.
  • Leave a hard copy of your plan in your vehicle and with a reliable contact person.
  • Fill out trip intentions books at the start of trips and in huts if available.
  • Notify your contact person(s) if you change your plans.
  • Submit your trip intentions by downloading and completing this form.
  • If you own a PLB ensure that is is registered and on every remote trip register your intentions here.

Your fitness and experience (or that of your groups weakest link)

  • Consider your physical condition, medical knowledge, experience and skills for the area and type of trip.
  • Travel within your ability and knowledge of area.
  • Consider what navigation skills may be required?.

What are the forecast weather conditions?

  • Always check a current weather report but do not rely on it, plan for worst-case scenario by carrying extra food, water, clothing and equipment.
  • Consider aborting your trip if dangerous weather is forecast. This could include conditions like heatwaves, fires, floods, extreme winds or extreme cold.

What equipment should you take?

  • Always carry maps and a compass, and know how to use them for navigation.
  • GPS and mobile phones can help but they do not replace experience.
  • Clubs can be a good way to advance your experience and knowledge.

Food and water requirements

  • Always carry sufficient water for trip – day and overnight trips
  • Carry more water than you’ll need, plan for emergencies.
  • Stay hydrated and do not rely on creeks unless you have reliable information.
  • As with water carry sufficient food for the trip and pack extra in case of emergencies.

Shelter and clothing requirements

  • Dress for conditions, bring extra and have wet weather clothing available.
  • Always have enough to cover you for the worst-case scenario.
  • Weather conditions in wilderness environments are sometime unpredictable.

Let someone know before you go 

  • You should always plan for the unplanned.
  • Always leave trip intention forms with someone who can raise the alarm if you do not make it back in time.
  • Always pack extra food, water and clothes for inclement conditions.
  • You never know when the weather might change.

While this list is not conclusive I hope it gives you the general idea that planning is the single most important aspect of anything you do.

 

 

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  1. Planning is half the fun 😊

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