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

Muddy boots, South Coast Track, Tasmania
South Coast Track, Tasmania

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
Pelion Hut, Overland Track, Tasmania
Overland Track, Tasmania