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"The Bushwalkers Code!"
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Follow these few tips for safe bushwalking.
The Southern Highlands Bushwalkers are quite willing to accept intentions (times/destinations) of private outings to all bushwalkers, members or not.
  • Give complete route details of WHERE you are going to close relatives or friends, police or a local club (an intentions form from a club is a good idea).
  • Tell them WHEN you are LEAVING and RETURNING and anyone's SPECIAL medical conditions eg diabetes, asthma, heart condition etc.
  • Notify them of your.SAFE RETURN.
  • Take the correct MAP and COMPASS and know how to use them.
  • Take appropriate clothing/footwear, always take a WINDPROOF or WATERPROOF jacket and clothing that can keep you WARM WHEN WET eg wool and definitely NOT jeans.
  • Take waterproof MATCHES and some SPARE cold food eg salami, sweets, nuts.
  • Over estimate your abilities and always ALLOW TIME for the unexpected eg thick scrub, cliff lines.
  • Go faster than the slowest member of your group. At regular intervals do a HEAD COUNT of your group.
  • SPLIT up your walking group (except for below) during the trip, there is SAFETY IN NUMBERS.
  • Leave an injured person ALONE in the bush. A walking group of THREE or more will allow one to look after the injured while the other goes for help.
  • KEEP MOVING WHEN LOST, find a campsite nearby with water that will be visible from a helicopter. Wave vigorously at any helicopters - they are probably looking for you!
  • Forget if you are OVERDUE to PHONE home from the FIRST phone box/police station you come to.

EXPERIENCE and the trip LEADERSHIP and EQUIPMENT. Every trip must include at least ONE experienced bush walker to every THREE inexperienced walkers.
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