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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.