Departure: All trips depart from the car park behind the Katikati Memorial Hall at the stated time. Trips are subject to cancellation or change of day or venue if forecast conditions warrant. Note that leaders can notify of any changes only if you are on their list. (see below)
Transport: If private transport is used it is usual to make a donation towards the driver's costs. 15 cents per km. (total driving distance) is considered to be reasonable.
What To Take: Besides your lunch and drink always carry a waterproof parka and over-trousers, beanie, hat, warm top (preferably fleece), leggings or warm trousers in winter, snacks (chocolate, scroggin), any personal medication, whistle and a torch or headlamp (with spare batteries) A waterproof pack liner and/or cover are advisable. A lighter, map, compass and cell phone might be useful. Boots are best for most walks, but good trail shoes are OK on shorter walks. Walking poles are useful on difficult terrain and stream crossings. Bear in mind that in an emergency you could be out there for longer than planned.
First Aid Kit: A small first aid kit should always be carried: See the first aid tab above for the full list of items.
Personal Information Form. Print the form found under the Emergency tab above, fill it out and keep in your First Aid Kit.
Trip Grading: (2 or more of each criteria)
Easy - Minor climbs, good tracks, easy stream crossings.
Moderate - Moderate climbs, rough tracks, many stream crossings.
Hard - Long, steep climbs, very rough or off track, good navigational skills required, difficult stream crossings.
Contact the leader by 7.30pm on Friday before weekend day tramps.
Tramping involves some risks and KKTC follows reasonable safety procedures, however leaders or the club cannot be held liable. Participants are ultimately responsible for their own safety.
Participants must ensure that they bring all necessary medication (eg Asthma inhaler) in sufficient quantity to last twice the expected duration of the tramp. In a situation involving an injured member or other emergency, you can be out there much longer than originally intended.
Leaders Responsibilities: Before The Day
Check route - if necessary consult someone who is familiar with the route.
If possible, have a plan ‘B’. Watch the weather forecasts in case a change of day or cancellation is necessary.
Record contact details of intending participants, including Email A/D and phone number.
Ask newcomers if they have any medical condition you need to be aware of.
Ensure that participant’s experience, equipment and abilities match the expected terrain, time and grade of the tramp.
Arrange for a map and compass to be taken and collect the trip book and club medical kit from the previous leader. For tramps other than easy, the club PLB and a GPS, if available, should also be taken. Cellphones are a useful addition on any tramp.
On The Day
Organise transport and extra drivers if needed.
Organise a contact person and leave with them details of the intended trip, expected time of return and if possible, a list of participants. Agree on the procedure if delayed
Before starting, make sure everyone signs the trip book. Leave the book with the route and participants names visible in one of the cars
Arrange for someone to write a report for the club newsletter, and brief participants on the important features of the route to be followed (preferably on a map).
Appoint a Tail-End-Charley and maintain frequent contact, particularly at junctions and major obstacles like windfalls and stream crossings. Following a rest stop, ensure that slower members at the rear have time for a rest before continuing.