Read and follow our complete protocols – it’s important : Walking Protocols April 2022
Our Group does not have designated leaders which means that we walk to a schedule determined before each semester by our members. Each of the walks is described
in detail so those preparing for a walk can decide how to be safe on the walk. The designated walk is that sanctioned for the day but sometimes weather (heat or
winds), fire bans or track restrictions means that members may need to cancel or re-determine the day’s walk.
Your preparations for a walk are largely common sense. Choose a moderate (M) or easy (E) walk according to your abilities and wear clothing and shoes suitable
for the walk; sun protection may be required (hat and/or sunscreen). Rainwear may be needed in changeable weather. Carry nutrition and water sufficient for the
intended walk. Accidents may happen so a small first-aid kit can be useful and emergency contact details should be carried. Let others know at the start of the
walk if you have a medical condition that could be a problem.
All of us are expected to practice safe walking. Stay within sight of walkers ahead and behind you. At junctions stop until all members have caught up to the
group. If you need to leave the track temporarily for any reason, you must leave your backpack or other clearly visible and identifiable item on the track at
the point at which you left it. You must advise another walker that you are leaving the track. This person will ensure that you have re-joined the group, or
advise the others that you have failed to re-join and ask the group to wait. Sometimes we need to walk off-track to negotiate difficulties or hazards;
collectively we need to see that all walkers are safely across. Alert others if you become unwell or are struggling to keep up. You may need to call out to
those ahead or alert them using a whistle. It is important to let others know if you need to leave the walk at any time. If your departure is for medical
reasons you must be accompanied by at least two other walkers. If lost or injured, stay in one place and use your whistle (or mobile if there is mobile
Injuries sometimes occur. It may be that the walker can treat the injury and continue. Otherwise, first-aid should only be given by those with the required
training. In more serious cases and in an emergency, external assistance may be needed through advice from Emergency Services (000/112). It may be that up to
four people (minimum two) should go for assistance while at least one person remains with the injured party. If you are injured you must notify the Secretary
as soon as practicable, and complete our Incident Report form (on our web site)
Please read Walking Protocols April 2022 for further details.