Information for Participants

Registering for a walk

To meet Club requirements, all intending participants must book as detailed in the program summary for that activity. Please remember to check the grading prior to booking and if you have any doubts or a medical condition that may affect you ability, discuss with the Organiser. Phone the leader early rather than late, or you might miss out as some trips have a participant limit!

Minimum equipment

As a minimum it is expected that participants will carry sufficient water and food for the planned trip, basic first aid equipment and appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions likely to be met – bearing in mind that Tasmanian weather is changeable and may be cold, wet and windy even in summer. JEANS or similar are NOT considered appropriate for bushwalking. More details of recommended gear can be found in your Program.

Trip Gradings

Easy – a walk of up to 10 kilometres along a generally flat, well formed track or beach. These walks are often suitable for families with small children – enquire with the Organiser. The walking time is usually up to about 4 hours.

Easy - Medium – a walk that anyone of reasonable fitness would still find relatively easy bu may extend to about 12 kilometres distance in a day with some hills, although no sustained or steep climbs. The walking time is usually up to about 5 hours.

Medium – a reasonably solid day’s walk for most bushwalkers but not in the arduous category. Up to to a maximum of fifteen kilometres distance along a reasonably well formed track with individual climbs of no more than 250 metres along the way. Alternatively, the distance travelled may be only a few kilometres but the walking may involve a sustained climb, rough or scrubby terrain or snow covered ground. Usually 6 to 7 hours walking involved.

Medium - Hard – starting to get into the category of "for enthusiasts only"?. Usually will involve a significant distance (greater than 12 kilometres) combined with a sustained climb of up to 1000 metres and/or rough and scrubby terrain. May involve eight or nine hours walking in a day. Such trips can still be suitable for people of limited bushwalking experience provided they are well equipped and have a better than average level of fitness. If you think you fall into this category and want to go on a medium-hard graded trip discuss with the trip Organiser or another experienced Club member before committing yourself to it.

Hard – Remote and challenging walking. Will include off track or difficult terrain. Be prepared for thick scrub, rock scrambling, mud, uneven and undeveloped surfaces and steep sustained ascents and descents. Generally up to 10 hours walking in a day, at a sustained pace. (Not including breaks.) Only for experienced walkers and not suitable for beginners. Will also generally involve a long drive to the trail head. An overnight hard walk is only for strong fit walkers.

Transport

Where possible car pooling is arranged from the meeting place. Currently 30 cents per kilometre per car is recommended, divided equally among ALL occupants of the car (usually 4 people). This amount is a guide only and can be varied at the discretion of the driver depending on the condition of the roads, the number of passengers per car and other factors. Park admission and camping fees are additional costs which Organisers should list separately.

Notice to all Participants

Prospective participants should check with the Organiser that they are capable of completing the proposed trip based on their previous experience, fitness and personal capabilities. Participants should also ask the Organiser what the trip entails and what food, equipment or special skills are required. Conversely, Organisers will attempt to ensure these points are checked and may reject an applicant they consider unsuitable for the trip.

Check-in system

The Club has a check-in system in place where the Organiser must register all participants prior to the walk and confirm safe completion of the walk on return. The Club’s search and rescue procedures will be activated if there is no confirmation.

Equipment loans

The Club has a range of equipment for loan for those starting out or requiring it only occasionally. The equipment available is listed below. A bond of $50 is required at the time of hire and this will be refunded, unless items are returned damaged or dirty. Borrowers are responsible for collecting and returning the equipment.



Item Notes
2 person tent Several types
1 person tent Several types
Trangia Stove Several available
65/75 litre Pack Several types
Food dehydrator Weekly loans


Phone 62435759 or email equipmenthire@pandani.org.au
Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, it is the deepest lake in Australia, The photo above is of Ida Bay on the eastern side of the lake. [Photo: Terry Vince]