general / group

personal & equipment

  1. transport

    as of June 2018, we are looking into sourcing a 12 or 15 seat passenger van to ferry all participants in. Until that is completed, trips will be in either a hire vehicle or using participants transport

  2. terrain

    this varies depending on the trip. The majority of the “essentials” trips are on well maintained mountain trails or road sides. Occassional excursions through light brush maybe needed. The other pre-built trips tend to involve more time off the beaten trail. Walking BOOTS are strongly recomended. The mapping and landform trips have significant above treeline and/or off trail components. Custom trips can be made as physically easy or challenging as requested, though for both extremes the geological content may be compromised

  3. clothing:
    • sturdy footwear

    • jacket/shell (recommended to carry even in summer)

    • jumper/fleece (recommended to carry even in summer)

  4. restrooms/toilets/personal hygiene

    the “essentials” trips, are rarely more than 1 hour from a forestry service “long drop” lattrine or better. The other pre-built trips typically have one or two locations where basic or better toilets are available

  1. food and hydration

    • min 1l (1qt) water per person

    • small snacks (nuts, lozenges, mints etc.)

    • snack/energy bars

    • lunch

    • fruit

  2. first aid

    • basic personal kit
    • hand sanitiser
    • personal medications as necessary
  3. hardware

    • camera (strongly recomended)

    • note book / pad of paper and pencil/pens

      • a photo doesn’t replace the understanding that comes from a field sketch. Much of the explanation will be via sketches of both the geology you see and the concepts they reflect.

    • a complimentary field guide maybe available for your trip, please ask

    • hand lens (loupe). A few are available to borrow for the day

    • mapping normally requires additional equipment such as mapping board, wider range of drawing equipment, compass-clinometer
    • binoculars can be useful

a hammer is rarely if ever necessary. Their use is strongly discouraged.

the trip leader carries one for situations where useful samples cannot be picked up from the ground