En­sur­ing a safe tramp

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By MADE­LINE PYLE

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 an­jaout­doors@gmail.com

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.

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