4WDrive - - Fea­ture -

times not. Record what worked and what could be im­proved upon. Re­fer to the eval­u­a­tion forms for valu­able in­sight.

In ad­di­tion to your main jour­nal, you should have an equip­ment list, emer­gency packet, tour nar­ra­tives and other re­sources. Up­date and re­plen­ish as needed. Use map­ping soft­ware to save your GPS tracks. Edit those files to re­move any way­ward turns you made. Once cleaned up, that in­for­ma­tion will be in­valu­able the next time.

If you had to get a per­mit to ac­cess the area, you may need to send a post­trip re­port to the ap­pro­pri­ate agency. Note any is­sues or prob­lems you en­coun­tered that of­fi­cials could rem­edy such as bro­ken signs, van­dal­ized rest area, land­slide and such.

Now that you’re ac­cu­mu­lat­ing notes and re­lated stuff, you need a fil­ing sys­tem.

5. Set up a fil­ing sys­tem

A fil­ing sys­tem is re­ally handy. Con­tain­ing both elec­tronic and pa­per doc­u­ments, it helps you make sense of all the in­for­ma­tion you’ve col­lected and gen­er­ated.

Store your maps, notes, check­lists, brochures and other pa­per items to help with the next trip.

Think through your elec­tronic stor­age, too. This con­tains nav­i­ga­tion in­for­ma­tion, emer­gency num­ber(s), hand­outs, tour nar­ra­tive and other doc­u­ments. Sim­ply print out what you need next time. Take ad­van­tage of what you’ve learned to make your next trip more en­joy­able.

Trail Leader du­ties don’t end at the de­par­ture point. There are sev­eral more steps you need to take to wrap up that four-wheel­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Do­ing so en­sures that your guests get on their way prop­erly and that you’re pre­pared for your next 4WD ad­ven­ture.

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