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Recruit Training Flight. Lesson 6 Part 1 Initial Expedition Training. Aims of the Lesson. To introduce you to planning considerations necessary before undertaking any camping or expedition; To introduce kit requirements for both day hikes and longer expeditions;

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recruit training flight

Recruit Training Flight

Lesson 6

Part 1

Initial Expedition Training

aims of the lesson
Aims of the Lesson
  • To introduce you to planning considerations necessary before undertaking any camping or expedition;
  • To introduce kit requirements for both day hikes and longer expeditions;
  • To look at first aid on the hills and they kind of illnesses to look out for related to expeditions;
  • To prepare you for the DofE.
by the end of the lesson
By the End of the Lesson
  • You will be able to plan an expedition including route, route card, kit requirements and safety;
  • Be able to recognise and treat expedition related illness and injury;
  • You will have an understanding of the kit required for a day hike and an expedition;
  • You will be safe when travelling on the hills.
planning an expedition
Planning An Expedition
  • Before you begin to plan your expedition, the most important thing you need to know is…..
  • Who is going?
  • The expedition will have to be planned around the capabilities of the team members, or even just yourself.
  • Physical fitness and navigational ability will play a large part when you decide to go on expedition.
  • Everything else can be planned for!
  • Watch the Essentials video from the squadron website:
  • LINK
summary of video
Summary of Video
  • We saw in the video the need to prepare before going on any kind of expedition, even in an area we know well and even if it is only for the day.
  • Some of the things to take into account before and during the expedition were:
    • Preparation of a route card and leaving a copy with a friend / relative in case you get lost.
    • Carrying the correct equipment – including spare clothes, head torch, emergency rations, survival bag etc
    • Not relying on modern technologies. Always walk with a map and compass as well as any GPS or Mobile Phone.
choosing a route
Choosing A Route
  • When selecting your route you will need to think about the following:
    • The interest of the group – do they (or just you) want a relaxing walk in the hills, or a scramble up the side of a mountain?
    • How to get there – the shortest route may not always be the best or quickest.
    • The Terrain – what is the land like where you are going?
    • The Hills – it may be frustrating if you climb up and over a hill only to find there is a path round the hill which would have taken much less effort.
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Choosing A Route
  • One you have taken all the above factors into account it would be wise to produce a route card.
  • You may also consider why you are doing the expedition….
creating a route card
Creating A Route Card
  • A route card has several uses:
    • A guide to completing the route;
    • A list of emergency procedures, for example possible escape route you can take to get off the hill quickly and safely;
    • A safety precaution – you can leave the route card with someone at home or at the hostel or campsite you are staying at. If you haven’t returned by the time stated on the route card, they can send out a search party for you.
  • This is why route cards should be planned in advance, be accurate and be FOLLOWED when in the hills.
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Creating A Route Card
  • Your route card should contain the following:
    • Grid References for your journey – try to split the journey into legs to aid navigation. The start and end of each leg will be your CHECKPOINT.
    • Bearings from one checkpoint to the next.
    • Any height climbed or descended (this will add time to your route).
    • The approximate time from one checkpoint to the next.
    • Any breaks you intend to have. In general, a 5-10min break would be taken for every 1hr-2hrs walked.
    • An approximate finish time for the journey.
    • Escape routes to allow you to get safety off the hills or out of danger if required.
  • Before embarking on any expedition planning, you should know the general weather conditions for the area.
  • This will be based on the location and the time of year.
  • You will also need to know what time it is expected to go dark.
  • Nearer the date of the expedition, check weather forecasts for the actual weather conditions. Most areas of the UK have a 5 day or 7 day forecast, but check again the day before and if possible on the day of the expedition.
sources of weather forecast
Sources of Weather Forecast
  • Where can we get weather forecasts?
    • Newspapers
    • TV
    • BBC Website
    • Met Office
    • Local papers
    • Mobile Phones
    • Radio
    • Fixed Webcams
    • Internet