|1. Briefing Document - A full briefing
document is prepared for each trip outlining where and when the tramp is
to take place. It notes the gear, food, hut passes and costs required. It
includes a map, outlines the route to be taken, gives an outline of each
day's expected schedule and lastly has a permission slip for parents to fill
2. Intentions Form - There is also an intentions form
available for each trip on this website under Future
Trips. The intentions form includes the expected date and time of return,
description of trip and trip schedule inlcuding huts, routes, tracks and
alternatives, a list of group members, their contact details and any
important medical information, the emergency contact for the trip, a list
of the safety equipment we are taking, and lastly a description of how we
are travelling and the details of the vehicles we are using.
3. Correct gear - We make certain every member of
the party has the correct gear as per the briefing document. We can also
make available for borrowing a limited amount of other gear.
4. Navigation - We take with us a Topo50 map (1:50,000
) of the area, a compass and a Garmin GPS 60Csx with spare batteries and
5. PLB - We have a
GME MT410 emergency Personal
Locator Beacon with GPS enabled on 406MHz.
6. First Aid - We carry a comprehensive Trail Adventure
Medical Kit , first aid kit (Click
here for a list of included items) as well as another kit which includes
suncream, insect repellant etc. One person will have a current First Aid
7. Weather - We never go if the weather conditions
have the potential to make the trip unsafe through rising rivers, snow etc.
We check the extended
forcast for the duration of the tramp and at least one day afterwards.
8. Leadership - We will always have two experienced
adults, one the designated leader and travel at the pace of the slowest member.
Our ratio for leaders to trampers is 2 leaders up to a maximum of 6 other
trampers and thereafter one extra leader for up to seven other trampers.
9. Emergency Kits - For emergencies situations where
for various reasons we don't reach our designated destination or for where
someone begins to experience exposure every person carries an Emergency Kit
which we provide. These include a survival bag made of reflective polyester
material. They cover head and legs to conserve body heat and provide warmth
more quickly and effectively than a survival blanket, for increased safety
in adverse conditions. Waterproof and Windproof. The kit also includes a
whistle for attracting attention, a LED torch and a box of matches.
10. Risk Management Plan - We are currently in the
process of developing a comprehensive
Risk Management Plan for our tramping
activities. Which will in time be able to be accessed here.
11. Water Purification - We have access to a Pur
Water Filter and take Potable Aqua water purification tablets with us whenever
we cannot guarantee the water quality on the tramp.
12. Other - We are aware of the advice of
Safety Council of NZ, have many of their manuals on safe practice and
are looking in the future at attending training courses for both the youth
and the tramp leaders. We take tents for backup accommodation where appropriate,
have an extra day's food for each person, emergency fire starting equipment
and so on.