Leave a map

Are you planning a hike, going somewhere remote or where the weather can be extreme and terrain challenging? It’s important to tell other people about your trip and leave a map, so they can contact Police if something goes wrong.

As part of your hike planning I recommend you prepare a route map that includes details of your group and emergency contacts. In addition to sending this map to your emergency contact, leave a map or a copy of these documents in your vehicle at the trail head so that rescuers know your intended route and will have greater success at locating you if something goes wrong. Reminder again, a copy of these documents should also be left with your reliable emergency contact.

In addition to registering my trip intentions, the information I generally include on my map are:

  • Dates of hike
  • Summary of hike including distance, duration, grade, direction of travel, group size and experience, equipment
  • Start and end point
  • Intended campsites
  • Known or potential water sources
  • Possibly emergency extraction/evacuation points
  • Summary of group members including name, age and mobile phone number

Leave a Map


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21 thoughts on “Leave a map”

  1. Yes nice stuff. Sometimes maps don’t work if you do exploratory stuff. So sometimes rough notes of where your heading and when you are due back to the car plus carrying a PLB and GPS work OK. Good for me as I do a lots of site searching in the Snowy Mtns and don’t always follow any trail. Actually have been looking for old trails. PS I am 69. Real old bugger eh!

    • So true Darren. Means you know how painful the planned trip will be. And those legs don’t seem to go as fast as they used to. And you know just how cranky the missus will be when you get home !!!

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