Guidelines for SAFE walking or trekking
Guidelines for staying SAFE when Wild Walking or Trek Training:
THINK BEFORE YOU TREK
Wilderness by its very nature, has inherent risks.
Safety is YOUR responsibility.
- Never walk alone
- Know the grading of the terrain/track and your capabilities. Know your own limitations and those walking with you.
- Plan your route beforehand and give your itinerary to family/friends. Register your walking party at the local Parks office if walking in a National Park.
- Check the weather forecast and any other alerts such as fire danger warnings, adjust your plans accordingly. Don’t walk in severe weather, such as electrical storms/heavy rain/extreme heat/fog or any conditions that deem it unsafe or put you at undue risk.
- Before your trip, learn about the hazards you may encounter and take adequate precautions.
- Take a map and a charged mobile phone
- If you are going to be out of mobile phone range take an EPIRB
- Always tell someone where you are going and what time you are expected to finish
- Carry basic first aid including emergency blanket, strong strapping bandage, any personal meds/puffers, blister prevention kit etc
- Be prepared for ALL weather and pack a variety of good quality gear
- Be prepared to turn back or change your plan if conditions create a harsher than expected climate, or you are feeling unwell
- Pack food and water and electrolytes, min 2l of water but this amount will vary considerably according to weather/personal hydration needs/distance/type of terrain/hours spent out on trail
- Always carry a head torch and batteries and a whistle – be aware of how many daylight hours you have and always expect to run late
- Wear quality gear for the terrain – good gear can save your life! Test out your boots/trekking shoes before you wear them on a big day hike.
- Listen to your body – if you are feeling under the weather or some part of you hurts alot, don’t persist, STOP: get the professional help you need to address any injuries/niggles and adjust your training/walk accordingly.