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Safety is our number one priority when tramping. It is essential to have respect for the outdoors and the dangers it represents and to equip yourself accordingly. To this end we follow a fairly rigourous safety protocol as follows.

[Briefing Document][Intentions Form][Correct Gear][Navigation][PLB][First Aid][Weather][Leadership]
[Emergency Kits][Risk Management][Water Purification][Other]

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 in.

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 topo maps installed.

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 Certificate.

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 Mountain 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.