Participating in a trip

Signing up to a trip

The ANUMC runs a variety of trips. Here are a few things to keep in mind before signing up:

  • Read the trip description carefully. Make sure your skills and experience suit the trip.
  • Signing up to the trip indicates that you are committed to the trip. It is not an Expression of Interest (unless specified as such).
  • Contact the Trip Leader as soon as possible if you can no longer make the trip. On most trips you can remove yourself from the trip. This will allow others to sign up to the trip, and give the Trip Leader time to rearrange logistics.
  • Remember that Trip Leaders are volunteers and run trips in their spare time. Most Trip Leaders are very flexible and can accommodate most things, however do not expect a Trip Leader to change plans to suit you.

Pre-trip meetings

Pre-trips are usually held on the Thursday before the trip at the gear store, but check the trip description. They usually cover:

  • Transport: including choosing drivers and working out meeting places
  • Gear: If you need anything (e.g. tents, stoves, climbing gear etc.) it can be hired from the gear store after the pre-trip.
  • Specifics of the trip, exactly you're doing and anything special you need to be aware of.

It is very important to attend Pre-trips. If you cannot make and don't notify the leader, then you probably won't be going.

Costs

Costs vary considerably from trip to trip. They can include things like :

  • petrol,
  • camping fees,
  • gear hire,
  • food (it's quite common to stop for a bite to eat while on the road) and
  • national park entry.

Petrol money is generally collected by the leader towards the end of a trip and distributed amongst the drivers on the basis. For some larger trips such as Huge Days Out and the Blue Mountains Extravaganza, petrol money is collected in advance at the pretrip and distributed to drivers by cheque.

What to pack

The trip leader will tell you what to bring. If they don't — ask. Exactly what you need will depend on the nature of the trip. The following essential items should be taken with you on all trips and outings:

  • Pack
  • Raincoat
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Warm jumper (wool or fleece)
  • Enough money to cover costs
  • Sunglasses, hat & sunscreen
  • Water bottle/s for at least 2 litres
  • Food (e.g. scroggin/trail mix, chocolate, fruit, muesli bars)
  • Headtorch/torch

Non-member participation

Club members have priority on club trips. However, non-members may participate in club trips if there is space available. To encourage people to join the club, non-members are asked to pay a small fee to participate in club trips. The maximum fee is $15. For a shorter trip, a reduced fee is suggested, e.g. $5 for a half day trip such as climbing at Wickerslack, or $10 for a day trip.

The non-member fee may be waived at the trip leader's discretion, if a non-member is contributing significantly to the trip. For example, if they provide a car, or if they provide ropes for a climbing trip, the leader may choose to waive the fee.  

Non-members cannot hire gear from the club in their own name. Members may hire gear on behalf of a non-member in some instances. For more information see the gear hire rules.