Project - Plan a Day Trip

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Project: Plan a Day Trip

Author/Instructor: Wentworth

Description:
Plan and complete a day trip into the bush

Tools Required:
Map
Compass
pen
paper

TIP:
Leave your detailed trip plan with at least one responsible person

Skills required:
  • ability to read maps and give grid references
  • ability to estimate travelling time
  • ability to determine water needs
  • ability to pack suitable clothing and gear for conditions
Time needed: a Day

Learning Outcomes:
You will be able to successfully plan and carry out a day trip safely (and maybe even enjoy yourself!)

Assessment Criteria:
To successfully complete this project you must
  • Present a trip plan
  • Report the weather forecast
  • List the equipment being taken
  • Include the date on which the task took place
Instructions :
1.) Pick a topographic map of an area you would like to do your day trip in

2.) Determine the type of activity you want to undertake ie. bushwalk, birdwatching, carving. This will influence the route you decide on. If your main focus is carving, you might only want to walk a few km before stopping to begin your carving. If you're birdwatching specifically for rainforest birds, you will want to pick a route that takes you into that rainforest.

3.) Estimate the time it will take to complete the trip. Walking times can be estimated using Naismith's rule:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naismith's_rule
remember that people are all different so the formula will not be absolutely accurate for everyone. Better to overestimate travel time than to underestimate and risk being unable to get back on time.

4.) Write a trip plan and leave it with at least one responsible adult who will notice if you don't return.
Trip plan must include
  • star and finish date/ time
  • Reason for trip (bushwalk, bird watching, carving)
  • Names of people in the party
  • Car rego and description if driving to the starting point (can be fictitious rego)
  • Details of map used
  • details of the route taken (grid references if applicable)
  • List of essential equipment carried ie. "we are carrying correct maps, compasses, GPS, PLB, Spot Tracker"
5.) Check a reliable weather forecast. Forecasts on the Bureau of Meteorology website are the most accurate.

6.)Plan your equipment and clothing based on the forecast. If the forecast is for 45 degrees and 98% humidity, you won't be packing beanies and fleece jackets.
Determine your water needs for the trip. Know how much water you personally need during a day of activity in the forecasted conditions. Can you collect and treat reliable water along the trip or do you need to pack it all in with you?

7.) Pack up, leave your trip plan with the responsible parties and make sure they understand what is required of them ie. " we should be back by 4pm today. If we're not back by 6pm, call the police and give them our trip plan"

8.) Take your trip and snap a photo while you're out there.

9.) Make sure you let people know when you return!

Cleanup :
- Leave no trace.
 
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Sample Assessment:

Trip Plan:

Date: 29/05/13

Start time: 9am

Finish time: 3pm

Who: Wentworth and Bushchef

Transport: motorised tandem bicycle (rego ABC-123)

Reason for trip: bushwalk

map used: 1:25000 Mawson Station topographic map

Route taken:
  • Start walk at Mawson Station, Grid Reference: 204678
  • Take the Amundsen walking track to Husky Hill (Grid Reference: 205670)
  • Follow the Husky Hill walking track to Shackleton Point (Grid Reference: 204567)
  • Take the Penguin Pass track back to Mawson Station (Grid Reference: 204678)

We are carrying the relevant topographic map, compass and a Personal Locator Beacon.
If we are not back by 5pm, contact the police with our trip report.


Weather Forecast: Forecast is for clear skies and a temperature of 30 degrees.

Equipment list:
First Aid Kit
2L water
Spongebob Backpack
Raincoat
Beanie
Lunch and Snacks
Stove and Billy
Camera

Photo from trip:
trip.jpg

Date trip was taken: 29/05/13
 

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Assessment Template:

Trip Plan:

Date:

Start time:

Finish time:

Who:

Transport:

Reason for trip:

Map used:

Route taken:

Weather Forecast:

Equipment list:

Photo from trip:

Date trip was taken:
 
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