After the trip

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There are some tasks that need to be done immediately after every trip. There are a range of other tasks that may or may not be required depending on the nature of the trip.  An extended or remote area trip usually warrants a get-together.

Essential Tasks

  • Ensure the Trip Contact has been notified of the group’s safe return.
  • Return any borrowed or shared gear to its owner clean and dry.
  • Reconcile expenses.
  • Notify the land manager of any issues that require urgent attention

Gear and Equipment

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After each trip, whether day, overnight or extended the following should be done:

  • Clean, dry and inspect thoroughly all items of gear.
  • Ensure soil is removed from boots, gaiters, walking poles, tent floors and pegs. This is particularly important as it helps prevent the spread of plant fungal diseases.
  • Sleeping bags must be thoroughly aired and loosely stored rather than left in their stuff sacks.
  • Stoves should be checked for leaks, damage and loose parts, and stored appropriately along with the fuel.
  • Repair or replace any damaged equipment. Overlooking this point will lead to frustration when packing for the next trip.

Social and Sharing

To round off a trip for those involved there are a range of options.

Holding a social gathering can be worthwhile especially after an extended trip to provide an opportunity to share experiences and view photos/videos and perhaps reflect on lessons learnt.

Other options include:

  • Posting photos and trip information on social media
  • Writing an article for a club newsletter or magazine
  • Sharing photos
  • Sharing GPS track logs
  • Providing feedback to land managers on track or infrastructure conditions
  • Completing a trip report for a club.

If there was a problem

Accidents or other serious incidents happen rarely when bushwalking. However, if an adverse event has occurred, further action will most likely be required after the trip that may include:

  • Continued liaison with emergency services
  • Follow up with club office bearers
  • A report for the club, noting any lessons to be learnt, both for group members and the club
  • Paperwork for the insurer, if necessary.
  • Most importantly, debriefing and support for participants and family members