How to walk on an expedition
Ideas to help you enjoy a good expedition - safe and comfortable
Some hints …
Boots, socks, cut toenails, blisters
Speed – pace of slowest …
Take turns at front and back – not always same position in group
Keep to times on route card
Hills – shorten pace, walk at an angle across slope (traversing)
Contouring – but follow agreed route
Rocky ground, muddy ground, boggy ground
Rucksack: adjusting; loading; lifting; walking
Remember road safety including forestry vehicles: no earphones
Pay attention to what you are doing and what is around you: traffic? bikes? animals? holes in ground?
For cold – gloves, hat, layers …
For sun – sunblock (only what you need!)
For midges etc – net, repellent; keep tent door shut!
Lots of high energy, lightweight food:
Meals – breakfast & evening
Snacks – as you go, including lunch
Carry 2 litres per day.
To be safe, water must either be boiled for at least one minute or treated with water purifying tablets (Chlorine Dioxide is the most effective). It should be taken from a free-flowing stream/small river preferably not a pond or loch. Check upstream for 100/150m to make sure there is nothing in the water that could be harmful – dead animals, rubbish, chemicals etc. If in doubt, always treat with tablets rather than boil.
Use route card, map, compass and watch at all stages.
Don’t assume somebody else knows!
Keep your Assessor happy
Keep to your route.
Keep to time.
Shut gates if you open them.
Don’t block a gate, stile or path – be polite to other people.
Phones only for emergency, or as a camera. Don’t use social media!
Work on your project.
Chat to each other
Make decisions as a group
Don’t listen to music etc as you go!
Support each other – help to put rucksack on; get someone’s water bottle etc from pack …
Take photos and notes of what you see.