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