TYPES OF WALKS
We have four types of walks Ė day walks, overnighters, base camps and through-walks.
DAY WALKS involve walks which depart on a Saturday or Sunday morning, and return late that day. They mostly visit areas which do not have the scope for weekend but which still provide an interesting walk. There is at least one daywalk per month, and little gear is required and is popular with new members, or people who cannot get away for the whole weekend.
OVERNIGHTERS are similar to daywalks except that an over night stay is required. These are held to provide the opportunity for walks located some distance from Brisbane, that normally could not be visited in a single day. They usually leave Brisbane on Saturday night/afternoon. Camp is set up on reaching the destination. Next morning, tents, sleeping bags etc are packed and walkers set out for the dayís walk, returning later in the day.
BASECAMPS are weekend trips, normally leaving on Friday night. Each day a separate day walk is undertaken. Base camps are not as difficult as through walks, because usually you camp near your transport. Note that all food, utensils, etc. must be taken by the walkers, and ensure you check with the leader for any additional items. Please donít try to bring "everything including the kitchen sink" with you, as there is usually limited vehicle room available.
THROUGHWALKS are also weekend trips, usually departing on Friday Night to arrive at the start of the walk. Saturday is usually a long walk, with camp set up at the end of each day. The through walk party carries full gear for the whole weekend (sometimes water as well) and returns on the Sunday afternoon/night. This is generally regarded as the ultimate in walking. There is a much wider scope as more remote areas can be penetrated and through walks can be generally more interesting walks.
GOING ON A WALK
Leaders are the "managers" of the walks concerned and are familiar with the area to be visited. Should you wish to go on a walk, you MUST NOMINATE IN ADVANCE TO THE LEADER PERSONALLY BY PHONE OR AT THE MEETING. Contacting someone other than the actual leader may lead to your nomination becoming "lost". Contact phone numbers are given in the Jilalan, or you can nominate at the meeting beforehand. Nominations should be made by at least the Wednesday prior to the walk to assist organisation. Contacting the leader is the best way to obtain further information regarding the walk.
Departure of walks is usually from St Brigidís Hall, Red Hill, although some leaders may find it more convenient to leave from another place. You will be notified if there is a different departure point. The Association will usually organise transport for the event, but you must nominate to the leader in advance. Walkers are responsible for their own travel to and from the chosen departure point. If you think you will have difficulty getting to the departure point, phone your leader and he may be able to arrange a lift for you. Due to transport or National Parks permit restrictions, numbers may be limited Ė then there is a case of "first in Ė first served".
Cancellation of walks does NOT occur due to inclement weather Ė if a walk is cancelled, the leader will contact you. If, within the hour prior to an outingís departure, you canít make it or are running late, phone the number shown in Jilalan for the Emergency Officer. If a trip is delayed getting home, your family etc. may ring this number, but only after 9pm please. The emergency Officer system is designed to co-ordinate the departure and return of members on walks. It provides the central point of contact for a walk from its departure, until its return.
Costs of trips vary according to the distance to be travelled. The cost of each trip will be detailed in Jilalan. Passengers do not pay drivers. The money is collected by the leader, on behalf of the Club, which then reimburses driverís costs as well as any administrative costs (permits etc).
Few bushwalking topics cause such a diversity of opinion as equipment. Personal equipment is largely a matter of individual preference. This is difficult to advise what is best for you as an individual. The association requires that certain minimal basic equipment should be carried by all walkers on all trips. THIS SHOULD COMPRISE OF THE FOLLOWING Ė A FIRST AID KIT, A TORCH, A PARKA/RAINCOAT, A HAT, SHIRT, 15+ SUNSCREEN, AND 2 LITRES OF WATER. Some equipment may be able to be borrowed.
The Club has some tents and through walk packs available for hire to visitors and newer members. Borrowers are responsible for collecting, and returning equipment, as well as making good any damage. Contact the Equipment Officer for details.
You may be able to share with/borrow from members. The leader may try to place you in contact with other walkers to facilitate this, but remember, YOU are responsible for your providing your own food, water, clothing, and equipment. Donít assume that other walkers will have what you require Ė they may not require such Ė or be making a similar assumption.
Many equipment questions can be solved without the torturous efforts involved in "learning by experience". A good source of advice is at the monthly meeting, where you can discuss such matters with more experienced members. Some handy hints from such can often make for an easier time on the first few trips (and can save a lot of money on wasted purchases) eg many camping stores provide a discount to bushwalking club members. Advice is always available from a trips leader, Committee members, and experienced members, but please remember that many things can be a case of "one personís meat, anotherís poison".
EQUIPMENT FOR DAY WALKS
As the first walk you will do will most likely be a day walk, the following is some basic advice for equipment. Many walkers prefer shorts and a loose shirt. Even in winter, it is surprising how quickly your body heats. If you are cold initially, have a jumper etc that you can remove and stow in your pack for when you warm up. Trousers/leggings are suitable only if they are loose and free moving. Jeans are usually out. In winter (or summer due to altitude/weather) warm clothing (jumper/tracksuit) is necessary Ė while your body may heat rapidly while walking, it will cool even quicker once you stop.
Enclosed shoes with good tread are a must. Running shoes or bushwalking boots are best, but expect that they can get very dirty, muddy and scuffed. You donít have to buy a new pair just for walking Ė if you need to, talk to the leader. Some of the cheapest "joggers" can be as suitable as the most expensive.
A day pack of some description is necessary. Once again donít rush out and buy one, if you donít have one, try to borrow one first. The leader may be able to provide some assistance.
Food is difficult to advise on. The best thing for lunch would seem to be sandwiches. Some walkers however, seem to like to stage their own "four course banquets". Nuts, dried fruit and lollies are good for snacks.
Hope to see you on the track soon!!!
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