Lead a Hike in Non-Technical Terrain
Lead and safely manage a group in a given polar environment
2.1 Effective management of the group.
Range: pacing, stepping, rest stops, disclosure and explanation of potential dangers, route selection with regards to geography and movement around wildlife, keeping the group together, a system for accounting for everyone, establishing rapport, use of a leadership style appropriate to the group and support staff accompanying, situational management of hazards and wildlife encounters.
2.2 Efficient and confident personal movement in a range of different polar terrain.
Range may include but are not limited to: slippery beach rocks, snow, glacial white ice, mud, talus, tussock, rocky and broken ground.
2.3 Demonstrate the use of, and can describe the advantages and limitations of different methods of communication suitable for use on a polar environment hike.
Range: radio, cellphone, GPS tracker, PLB and SAT phone, intentions form.
2.4 Demonstrate the useand/or construction of an emergency shelter.
Range: suitable for surviving a night in adverse weather conditions (wind and rain), group shelter, snow cave, wind wall.
2.4 Demonstrate and explain safe practices in and around polar waterways.
Range: alpine streams open or snow covered, glacial streams and gutters, outwash plains, undercut ice edges on coastline.
2.5 Demonstrate strategies to collect local condition information.
Range: real-time weather information for a given area, snow and/or avalanche conditions, crack and crevasse status, tide conditions.
2.6 Demonstrate knowledge of, and role model, accepted tour operator practices.
Range: IAATO/AECO site guidelines, local area rules and laws including access issues and protocols, Leave No Trace.
Lead a Hike in Non-Technical Terrain is for field staff/guides who may be in charge of leading polar day hikes (a day is anything inside 12 hours) hours in terrain that may include, dry glacial areas, outwash plains, beach and sub tidal zones, mountains and passes. Such hikes shall not require the use of a rope or other technical alpine equipment in order to safely manage them. Hikes may include snow or ice travel where a fall will not result in an uncontrollable slide. It may include areas where known and manageable cracks and crevasses are present. It is a minimum requirement for longer hikes outside a landing zone or field camp area.
Logged experience > 50 hikes led (at least 25 in a polar environment), current 1st Aid certificate, PTQ Radio and Comms, PTQ Navigation/GPS Skills.
Logged experience and endorsement, Currency in any recognised international award scheme that covers this material (UIAA, AAGM, MLTU, NZOIA etc). See RCC and Cross-Credit matrices.
- Lectures 4
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Self