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CONDUCT GUIDELINES ON TRIPS
AND TRAMPERS’ CODE

  • While on Pukekohe Tramping Club Trips, all party members are expected to accept the guidance and direction of the Trip Leader. Individuals are however, ultimately responsible for their own decisions on the risks they are prepared to take and for ensuring that they have the fitness, level of skill and competence required to cope with those risks and undertake the trip they have signed on for.

  • It is the Trip Leader's right to refuse to take a person on a club trip if it is felt that they will not be able to cope with the day's activity, have inadequate clothing and equipment, inadequate food and water or if the safety of the rest of the party could be put in jeopardy if that person came along.

  • To lead and organise a group the leader or delegated leader requires the support of all members of the group.  The leader has the right to decide on party composition to ensure the success and harmony of the trip.

  • Party plans are generally discussed within the group but the final decision still lies with the leader as it is to this person that falls the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the party and for its harmonious operation.  While the leader must take into account what individuals may want to do the members must also respect the rights of the leader. 

  • The following Code outlines the Trip Leader's (and Club's) expectations of an individual's responsibilities on a trip.

  • Whilst on the tramping trip, as an individual, you are responsible for yourself and your own well-being. This means having enough food, drink and suitable clothing and footwear for the trip. You should also carry your own First Aid kit.

  • Arrive early at the meeting place for the trip. Share transport by offering your vehicle, do not make the leader have to ask.

  • The Trip Leader or designated First Aider should be made aware of any members who have a medical condition that could cause a problem during the trip. If this applies to you, please tell the leader or First Aider before starting the trip. Make sure you have your medication with you and tell the leader where in your pack you keep it.

  • The leader will appoint a suitable person for the front of the group and one at the back; they may take one of these positions themselves. Please make sure you do not race ahead of the appointed front person and do not fall behind the person at the tail end of the group.

  • The party should remain together and the pace set to suit the slowest member.  Where faster members find this difficult they can be sent on ahead to a designated point or time by the leader - please wait there as instructed.  Seek permission and don’t just assume you have the right to leave the party. 

  • If you need to disappear into the bushes make sure you leave your pack on the track. If you are last in the group let someone know.

  • Never go past a junction, always wait for the entire group to assemble at junctions so that you all go the same way.

  • If a party is becoming too spread out the leader will find it necessary to stop and regroup. A good guide is that you should always be able to hear the person behind you and see the person in front of you.

  • If you are in the leading group of a party, please be mindful that slower members and/or groups will still need to stop and have a rest when they catch up with the faster group.

  • At lunchtime everyone needs to have a decent break and a rest. Time allowed may depend on such factors as the type of group, trip length and weather conditions.

  • Listen to what the leader says. You may not be aware of all the factors they have to take into account on your trip.

  • Be considerate of others and their capabilities at all times. We want all people (including visitors), to enjoy their experience.

  • Be a responsible party member (stay with the party, walk and encourage slower members, assist the leader)

Enjoy your trips with Pukekohe Tramping Club. 

Do your part to make them enjoyable for all other members 

for the fun, friendship and the fitness they offer

in our beautiful outdoors!

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