Ensuring a safe tramp
Out of the trees wandered aman with a gashed arm clutching his chest, but when asked what had happened, the answerwas incoherent.
His pack contained dressings and bandage which were quickly applied, but what first aiders failed to notice was the medication he carried in his pocket for the more serious condition he was suffering.
Katikati Tramping Club members were being put through their paces by expert trainer, Anja Morris. Aseries of scenarios demonstrated to them that injuries such as a gash or twisted ankle can precipitate an attack of an underlying medical condition that can easily be overlooked by patient and first aider. In this case it was angina.
For almost two decades trampers from the club have received instruction from Anja in various aspects of tramping in the Kaimais. Following an initial training day in general bush skills they have followed up every two yearswith a refresher course in whatever is requested by members.
This year was a combination of first aid, groupmanagement and leadership, survival and what to do if lost as a group or separated.
The 18 participants practised crossing the middle reaches of the Tuapiro River in groups of four for maximum stability, holding each others’ pack straps.
Shown here from right to left is Anja upstream on the right with her stick about to steady her, directing Jan Beth, Maaike van Hoeflaken and Brian Haworth.
For some thiswas the highlight in a day that held many lessons for all.
Anja Morris is a skilled instructor and keen tramper with a background ofworking for the Mountain Safety Council and teaching workplace first aid.
She lives locally and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Katikati Tramping Club welcomes newmembers and tramping-fit visitors, and can be contacted by phoning (07) 552-0215.
LEARNING how to cross a river safely.