Have you heard about the “Think Before You TREK” bush safety initiative?
Set up between the NSW Police Force and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, this initiative aims to provide bushwalkers with advice and equipment within a number of National Parks across the state.
Every year around 130 bushwalkers get lost or require rescuing. Most walkers are found within 24 hours, but occasionally a weekend adventure can turn to tragedy.
'Think before you TREK' promotes the benefits of planning ahead for your bushwalking trip by using an easy to remember acronym:
T – Take adequate supplies of food, water, navigation and first aid equipment.
R – Register your planned route and tell friends/family when you expect to return.
E – Emergency beacon (PLB’s) are available free of charge from NPWS at certain locations across the state. (Blue Mountains and Kosciusko National Park Offices)
K - Keep to your planned route and follow the map and walking trails.
Contact the park office or local visitor centre to ask about local conditions, tracks, creek or river water levels and fire danger. National Parks offices and visitor centers have experienced staff who have a wide knowledge of the local area.
Leave full details of your planned walk with a responsible person. Include details about where you will be going, who is with you, what equipment you have, and when you expect to return.
Allow plenty of time to finish the activity in daylight, and pack extra food and water in case of unexpected delays.
Weather can sometimes change quickly so walkers should be prepared for heat, rain and cold. Check the Bureau of Meteorology website for the latest weather forecast.
At the very least, we advise that you carry: matches, topographic map(s), a compass, a space blanket, a first aid kit, raincoats for everyone in the group, and plenty of water.
Check out the online trip intention form - visit the NSW National Parks page to find more.