SCA Hiking Club Local Hike Leader Orientation How to Lead Local Hikes BT Rev 3 09/17/2007
The Parking Lot • We always meet at the same location: We always Meet here Independence center
Responsibilities at theParking lot • Leader • Know the hike & how to get there (sometimes a driver map is good) • Announce $ for car pool • ($5 Red Rocks, $10 Charleston) • Arrange car pools (be sensitive to hiker levels in the same car) • Know Hike level, distance, elevation • Check for Water, Boots, Hat etc • Know number of hikers & # of cars • Sign in sheet
Stay on top of weather conditions • Cancel if snow or rain/lightning • Introduce yourself by name • New hikers? • (introduce them, assess level) • Take Bathroom / Water stops
On our web sitehttp://www.sunhikers.homestead.comClub forms, for hike leaders • Sign in sheet
On our web sitehttp://www.sunhikers.homestead.comClub forms, for hike leaders • Hike Leader Check List
On our web sitehttp://www.sunhikers.homestead.comClub forms, for hike leaders • Hike Leader Guidelines
On our web sitehttp://www.sunhikers.homestead.comClub forms, for hike leaders • Health Card
On our web sitehttp://www.sunhikers.homestead.comClub forms, for hike leaders • Emergency list Use with flexibility, as these numbers change often
Radios • Push to talk, delay, then talk • Un official Chnl 1 informal emergency • WX = weather • Lock button • Test with your sweeper Channel 4 and Sub Channel 4
Radio’s • 2 types FRS (.5w) & GMRS (5w), (sub chnls) • 1-7 = FRS & GMRS GMRS Hi & Lo • 8-14 = FRS & GMRS Lo • 15-22 = GMRS Hi • FRS can hear GMRS W/sub but GMRS can not hear FRS w/o sub • Good features = switches vs menu buttons, rechargable, GMRS >7 miles, You get what you pay for (Repeater capable)
Cell Phones • Before you call, know where you are • Who are you going to call? • Dispatchers can not tell location like Land Lines • Hoax = 112 diverts to Sat Phone via repeaters (Henderson Emerg)
Clubs Satellite Phone • 911 eff 02/05 • GPS Long/Lat location • Dial 1 before prefex • Charge the battery • Free minutes each month • (254) 381-5833 • How to use (Instructions) • Lets Utilize our Satellite Phone
Can a GPS Communicate 2 ways ? • They are starting to (Loc to Loc, Go To)
Whistle 3 blasts (Lost)
Navigation • North? Compass, Moss on a tree
Navigation • Topo map
Navigation • Look back from time to time & at intersections • Three Object Sighting:
Navigation • Blazing:This technique uses markers that are created along your route. Markers can either be the breaking of small branches, making a little pile of rocks, placing a branch on the ground, tying a little string to a branch, marking the branch or any little marking method that you can created that indicates that this is the way back to the beginning. Be careful to always point the marker that you created towards the direction that you should return. Be careful of the small branches that you are breaking so as not to endanger the plant or tree.
Navigation Blaze Carin
Lets assume you are hiking along as a leader • And……………………Then…………….
The Unexpected Happens • You determine you are lost, or are not confident of where you are • You look back & no one is following • Someone gets hurt or gets sick (or you) • Your flock scatters • Mutiny, some folks want to go another way • Weather changes • Out of water • One or more Hikers are over exerted
You are at the ¼ way point & someone wants to go back • Its getting dark & you still have hours to return
What is the 1st thing you should do? • IN ALL CASES exercise leadership 101 • Do Not make a snap judgment • Stop, and think, assess the situation & your surrounding & options • Take a water break, stop the group so you can think & maybe consult with capable others • Maintain leadership or you will have 20 leaders, and your flock can scatter • Decide how much you want to think outloud
Guidelines • If Someone goes back to the car • 2 or more go + communications • Sign out • If someone is in over his/her head • Assign a partner and/or decide on going back with a partner, + communications • If you loose someone • Develop a plan, do not allow everyone to search on their own
Discussion:People qualified or capable of a hike? • How far should the club go? • Should we set rules, or delegate to the leader?
Weather Issues, Cancel • Always keep an eye on weather
Always have an official sweeper & Large hikes have multiple leaders • Discussion:
Proper Equipment for a hike Discussion Leader or follower, might be different • Reading glasses, communications, medical card, 1st aid kit, Hiking Boots, Hat, sun glasses, Water, Salt, Snacks, Knowledge of where, Layers, sign in sheet on car is complete (why?) • What else ?
What should a hike leader have in his/her pack? • First aid kit • Communications (Whistle / Radio/ Cell Phone/ Sat Phone) • Extra bottle of water for those who run out • Phone numbers of emergency help • Reading glasses, pencil/paper • Compass
Open Discussion • Thoughts to add /update this presentation