Track 5 - How be a 4x4 Trip Leader
Every weekend hundreds of people all over Australia set out as leaders of a 4WD Trip. Whether it is just you and a couple of mates or an organised trip with 10 newbies, we discuss with NickJ the things that you should think about before, during and after your big trip out.
Being a great trip leader is really important because it helps people get out and explore the great outdoors that we have and also introduces new people to 4 wheel driving. NickJ was the trip leader for the first 4x4earth trip in Victoria all those years ago, so sit back and listen to all of Nicks awesome experiences as a trip leader so we can all go out this weekend and have a great 4WD trip.
Discuss in our community
Latest Posts about Track 5 - How be a 4x4 Trip Leader
There is good information in the podcast for not just the budding TL but for those that think they know it all as well............ but I doubt that they would take any notice anyway :rolleyes:
However , if someone is designated as the official trip leader say at an Annual Meet, then I reckon it does need that leader to know the area, familiarize themselves with each individual's experience, their vehicle, their equipment, etc. and make a decision as to the suitability of that person.
I personally have seen some individuals head out on a trip, some with no real experience or understanding as to what they are getting into and unfairly expect that the trip leader will "lead them and save them, no matter what".
I reckon these type of people would not have much of their own recovery equipment , let alone be able to help someone else.
I call that, jumping in the deep end.
When I was traveling through Robe S.A. recently, I spoke with one of the local caravan park owners. He told me that a tourist from his park had driven his 4wd onto the beach, down onto rocks, (about a meter or so drop) to the ocean, When he called for help he said, "I was told when I hired this 4wd it would go anywhere":eek:.