Guidance for Leaders

Beinn Each 2011

Beinn Each 2011

Walk Leader’s Checklist

BEFORE THE WALK
Choose the Route

  • area, length/timing, circular/linear, consider terrain/elevation/ascent/season/strength of party
  • from map or guidebook or combination, research points of interest
  • transport options, check timings, lunch options, rest stops, bad weather alternative/escape routes
  • write route card

Recce (preferably with backmarker)

  • walk full route, note critical navigation points and bearings, assess risks, adjust route/escape routes if necessary, check timigs, check rest and toilet stops
  • describe in Group programme, following its usual formats

THE DAY BEFORE

  • check and assess weather forecast, review alternative routes if necessary
  • check personal gear and first aid kit
  • check public transport, warn pub

ON THE DAY – AT THE START

  • be early, be welcoming, especially to newcomers
  • check fitness and equipment of party, identify anyone with special needs
  • appoint a backmarker
  • look after people new to the Group, give membership joining details to non-members
  • advise dog owners of Group policy
  • introduction: welcome, yourself, walk details, points of special interest, refreshment and rest stops, estimated return time
  • circulate Walkers Name Sheet (available from Downloads Section of this website)and get each member of the walk toi enter their name on the sheet
  • count party, note numbers, check that it agress with the number of names on the Walkers Name Sheet and signal the start

ON THE DAY – THE WALK

  • Take the Walkers Name Sheet with you on the walk
  • stay at or near the front, check often that you can see your backmarker
  • set a reasonable pace, watch for stragglers
  • concentrate on navigation, check timing against route card
  • manage flow of party/regrouping/passage past gates and stiles/impact on countryside/rest stops
  • be alert to problems (individual, weather, road walking, etc,), involve others in party as necessary
  • enjoy the walk!

AT THE END OF THE WALK

  • check everyone has returned and can get home
  • report any incidents and obstructons to Group officers
  • Return completed Walkers Name Sheet to the Secretary