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Back country safety

If you're planning an adventure in the back country, remember to think about safety before you head out. 

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What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag appropriate to the conditions
  • A waterproof jacket with a hood and waterproof overpants
  • A warm hat
  • Plenty of food and drink
  • A first aid kit and a bivouac bag or space blanket

Back country tips

  • Take a topographic map and a compass, and make sure you feel confident with their use
  • Ensure that everyone has researched the trip and planned ahead. Each must be confident with the itinerary and his or her individual ability.
  • Check directional, warning and advisory signs
  • Know how to stay in control - you should be experienced as ungroomed surfaces can be unpredictable
  • Know how to check for unstable layers before skiing or boarding
  • Stay away from overhanging cornices and edges
  • Travel with at least three people in your group – if there is an emergency one person can go for help, while the other stays with the injured or ill person. At least one person in your group should be experienced and able to guide and help others.
  • Give complete route details of where you are going to close relatives or friends, or the police. We advise you to tell them your destination and intended route, alternative destination in case of bad weather, equipment list and any special medical conditions of group members.
  • Remember to contact your friend and/or relative when you return or phone them from the first phone box or police station you come to if you are delayed

Snow covered mountain, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer