Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, walks are often limited in numbers, particularly in wilderness areas and often book out early.
You must book in with the Walk Leader to obtain details of the walk and ensure you are accepted onto the walk.
If you need to cancel your booking please ensure you inform the Walk Leader at least a day before - so they can allow another member to participate as there is often a waiting list for walks.
Remember there are over 200 members in the club and each program has only 40-50 walks on it.
No you don't. The Club uses Railway Stations as meeting places to accomodate Members that don't have cars. The meeting time is usually just after the train gets in.
We travel to and from the walk in private cars. Passengers share the costs of the trip with the driver.
Even though it is quite rare to need a first aid kit on a bushwalk, the Club requires each participant to carry their own well equipped first aid kit on a walk. It is not the walk leader's role or responsibility to carry a large first aid kit just in case it is needed. If a serious incident occurs on a walk the contents of each member's kit can be combined.
Our walks are graded using the Bushwalking NSW guidleines and described in our Grading Guide.
We grade our walks so walkers know what to expect on a walk.
The Club encourages Club Members to lead Activities. Without Leaders there wouldn't be an Activities Program.
All Walk Leaders must have read the Club's Guidelines for Walk Leaders and apply those guidelines before, during and after a walk.
Club Members who lead walks must Register as a Walk Leader on the Club Website as a Walk Leader.
Our experienced Leaders are more than happy to help New Walk Leaders with all aspects of Walk Leadership.
Club Members have to be logged onto the Website to see the Walk Leader's Name and Contact Details.
The Walk Leader's Name is shown on the List View of the Activity Program.
The Walk Leader's Name and Contact Details are shown on the Detail Page of the Activity Program.
Membership Fees can be paid by Bank Transfer OR by PayPal.
Please make sure you pay your Membership Fees before completing the Membership Form. You will need your Payment Reference when you complete the Form.
Pay by Direct Deposit to UBMBC Inc at the NAB Katoomba Branch. Account details are:
- Account No
Make the Payment Reference your Name (Surname,Intial) and the Date (Day Month) eg DoeJ-1601.
Click the PayPal Button. Your payment will be collected securely by the PayPal Web Site.
Note the Receipt Number. You will need to enter the Receipt Number as a Payment Reference when you complete the Membership Form.
Walk lengths vary. The program will indicate if the walk is a short half day walk or whether it will be a really long day.
Usually participants meet the walk leader at a convenient meeting place at the nominated meeting time. Walks usually start around 9:00am and finish by 4:00pm.
The meeting time will depend on how long it takes to travel to the walk location. Walks in more remote areas will require an earlier meeting time.
The Club Committee are all volunteers - many with full time occupations.
It can take up to 10 days for the process to be completed, depending on commitments of the Treasurer and Secretary.
If you wish to join a walk in the meantime you may come along as a Temporary Member. You would need to download and complete the Temporary Members Form Form and give it to the Walk Leader on the day of the walk.
Membership Fees are:
- Adult Membership
- $25 each Calendar Year
- Junior Membership
- There is no charge for Junior Members. Members must be under 18 years of Age when Membership Fees are due to qualify as Junior Members. Junior Members must be accompanied by their Parent or Guardian on any Club Activity they attend
All communication between your Web Browser and the UBMBC Web Site is private.
Data travelling between your Web Browser and the Web Site is encrypted using an SSL Certificate. You can confirm your connection with the UBMBC Web Site is private by clicking on the Padlock in the Browser Address Bar and viewing the Site Information.
A walk leader is a member, just like any other member, who has volunteered to lead a walk and share with others the places and experiences they find enjoyable. The club can only provide walks if members volunteer to lead walks.
A walk leader is not a tour guide and is not responsible for your safety and enjoyment on a walk. The club has Guidelines for Walkers and Guidelines for Walk Leaders which clearly explain what is expected of walkers and leaders.
The club is happy to mentor and assist anyone wishing to lead a walk and we strongly encourage all regular walkers to consider putting at least one walk in each program.
Standard equipment for any bushwalk should include:
- sensible, comfortable footwear
- water bottle
- first aid supplies
- personal medication
- back pack
- a torch (in case the walk finishes late)
- wet weather gear
Always carry at least 1 litre of water, 2 litres or more on hot days.
Our Club Walks usually go ahead even if it is raining.
Walks may be modified or even cancelled if the leader thinks the conditions are unsafe.
Check with the walk leader if you are concerned about the weather.
A Junior Member is an individual under the age of 18 who is registered on an Adult Membership.
The adult on whose membership they are registered must be their legal parent and/or guardian and be permitted by law to sign the risk waiver allowing the child to participate in club activities.
Club rules (and our insurance) require that any Junior Members must be accompanied on a walk by a Member who is their parent or legal guardian or a second-degree relative (eg grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother or sister or cousin).
The Walk Leader must be informed that the intending walker is under the age of 18 and who will be accompanying them on the walk and their relationship to the child.
What is the Club Directory?
The Club Directory is a secure, private list of current Club Members showing their Name, Phone Number and Email Address.
The Directory is available to Members who have 'Opted In' to the Club Directory but only when logged onto the UBMBC Website.
Listing your contact details in the Club Directory is optional. You choose whether your Contact Details are published.
How do I publish my Name in the Club Directory?
By default your Details are not listed in the Directory. The default option is 'Opt Out'.
You can 'Opt In' or 'Opt Out' of the Club Directory via the Directory Tab in your Member Profile.
Opt In to list your Contact Details or 'Opt Out' to remove them when you no longer want your Contact Detail to be published.
Why have a Club Directory
There are lots of reasons why you might want to contact another Club Member and you may not have their Contact Details. The Club Directory is a quick, secure way to get that information.
Maybe you're wanting to car pool or check transport arrangements or maybe someone left something in your car. Perhaps you're a Walk Leader and a walker didn't leave their phone number when they called. There are lots of reasons why you might use the Club Directory.
And remember, you can always Opt Out.
Everyone will have their own idea about what should be in their first aid kit. At a minimum, your first aid kit should contain:
- A Compression Bandage for sprains or snakebite
- A Triangular Bandage
- Sterile Pads and Dressings
- Band Aids and Sticking Plaster
- Personal Pain Relief
- Personal Medications
- Antiseptic for cuts
- Emergency Blanket
- Tweezers or Splinter Probe
- Emergency Contact Details and Medical Information
If you joined the club prior to 2017, our club record's may only have reflected the first year of payment or a first walk or receipt of forms.
We have endeavored to update this information based on the year recorded in our membership database. Where an exact date is not known the Joining Date in the Online Membership Database will 1 March of the year you joined.
We apologise for any omission, however the information is for historical purposes only and will not affect your ongoing membership.
Club Walks are usually in the Blue Mountains, Gardens of Stone, Kanangra or Wollemi National Parks or in adjacent areas.
Sometimes Club Walks are much further away. In the past the Club has walked in Nepal, New Zealand and Tasmania.
We invite enthusiastic walkers to come along and enjoy the wonderful Blue Mountains with us.
The club has walks suitable for all levels from beginners to explorers.
For your own safety and the safety of the group, if you are a new member, the Walk Leader will ask you about your experience before accepting you on a walk.
We recommend any walker who has not walked in the bush before participate in a Grade 1/2 or easy Grade 3 walk as a first walk.
Walk leaders also place a detailed description of the walk on the program to assist with walk selection.
The Website requires you to logon using your own individual User Name allocated to you when you join the Club.
When you renew your membership, add a walk or manage a walk you are leading, your details are pre-filled, making life easy for everyone.
You must have your own individual email address associated with your Club Account. This email address will be used to send you a link to reset your Password should you forget. If you are a Walk Leader your email address will be used to allow Club Members to contact you about the Walk.
The only exception to this is Junior Members who must be registered on an adult membership and do not have individual access to the website.
Email addresses are available freely from gmail and other providers and are easily obtained and transportable across IT platforms.
When you join our Club we subscribe you to our Google Group, a private email based discussion group for Club Members.
It enables the Club and Activity Leaders to keep you informed about activities including:
- Information about an Activity
- Changes to an Activity
- Short Notice Activities
- Challenges on particular Activities
- Activity reports
- Photos from previous walks in the area
- Club Information
Members should use this forum and the UBMBC website to ensure they are prepared to face the risks inherent in any activity.
N.B. New members are automatically subscribed to receive all emails from the Google Group.
Members who wish to limit the number of emails they receive can opt for one of the following:
- Abridged emails
- a daily summary of new emails submitted to the Google Group
- Digest emails
- a summary sent when 25 emails have been submitted to the Google Group
- No emails
- you visit the Google Group website to read the emails
To choose one of these options please email the Club Secretary, Ruth East, and request the option you wish to use.
A second Google Group exists for Members interested in canyons and abseiling. Contact Ruth if you wish to be added to this Group.