Trips run by the Auckland Tramping Club involve a wide variety of locations, terrain, and conditions - from close to home to throughout the length of New Zealand.
No matter where a trip goes, or how "hard" or "easy" it is, thee is always a chance that something unexpected will happen - to your whole party, to you, or to another member of your party.
This page provides some guidance to you on what to expect when there is a delay to the completion of a trip, whether from unexpected trip conditions, or as a result of one of your party having a significant accident.
Before You Start A Trip
- If you are new to tramping in NZ, or have not been out tramping for a while, be conservative on which party you decide to join
- Ensure that you are personally well prepared, and capable of completing the trip
- Ensure your trip leader knows about any medical issues you have, and that you bring ALL required medications with you
- For all trips you must supply emergency contact information - that person will be called in the event of a delay or emergency
- Make sure that your emergency contact / immediate family knows about out Trips Returning Late contact information
- And provide them with some information about the trip location - preferably send them an email link to the trip information on the ATC website
- Occasionally a trip returns a lot later than expected - ensure your emergency contact knows how to contact essential people, such as your employer
If The Unexpected Happens
- Cooperate fully with the person assigned to take charge of the situation - normally it is the trip leader
- Find out how you can help - be calm, contribute ideas, listen to others, give the leader time to think
- Help look after everyone in the party - shelter, food, drink, stress management
- As soon as you have time and mobile coverage, contact your emergency contact to brief them on the situation
Rescue Assistance Required
- Multi day trips normally carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and a Mountain Radio. One or both of these will be used to contact Rescue Services
- On Day Trips the party's resources and location will determine how Rescue Services are contacted
- Messages will be regularly passed through to the ATC Search and Resuce Officer or other Home Contact person
- While waiting for assistance, there is a lot to do to look after the injured person - and the rest of the party too - and to prepare for an evacuation