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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.
- 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
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