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.