How to

Information for Walkers

  • Going on a Walk
  • Walk Gradings
  • Equipment Hire


Activities are usually limited to 16 participants, unless a smaller number is advertised in the program. Leaders are encouraged to set an appropiate limit based on the conservation values of the area to be visited, and the safety of the party for the expected conditions.

Please be specific if the leader asks about your walking experience. Check with the leader about the need to carry water, tents/flys, appropriate clothing, suitable foot-wear, purchasing maps, etc. Ask questions especially if you are new to club walking.


On most walks there is a car pooling system with transport costs shared amongst all participants including drivers. This cost covers not only fuel but running costs of the vehicle as well. The current transport rate is 38c per kilometre. There may also be national park entry fees and camping fees as applicable. The leader is responsible for making transport arrangements. He/she will need your address and contact details so you can be included in the car pool. You will be contacted in regard to transport arrangements a few days before the walk. If you have a suitable car, you should be prepared to offer your vehicle once you know how the car pooling system works. For more details please see the Transport Pooling Guidelines.


Every person taking part in a CBC activity must acknowledge that in participating in Club activities they do so voluntarily and may be exposed to risks that could lead to injury, illness or death or to loss of or damage to theiry property.

Prospective participants should check with the leader that they are capable of completing the proposed trip based on their previous experience, fitness and personal capabilities. Participants should also ask the leader what the trip entails and what food, equipment or special skills are required. Conversely, leaders should also ensure these points are checked and may reject an applicant they consider unsuitable for the trip.


There is a Check-in /Contact Officer for the Club. S/he (not the Police or other bodies) should be the first point of contact for worried relatives if you are late in returning from a trip. Leaders must also report the safe return OR cancellation of their trip to the Check-in Officer.

An (E) for easy walk



(S) Short - under 12km/day.
(M) Medium - 12-20km/day.
(L) Long - over 20km/day.

NB: In calculating distance, 1 km is added for every 100 metres climbed.


(E) Easy - firetrail, tracks, beaches etc.
(M) Medium - bush tracks, alpine areas, some scrub.
(R) Rough - much scrub, steep climbs, rock scrambles.
(W) Wet - compulsory swims, many river crossings.
(X) eXploratory - unknown to walk leader.
     (Click here to see examples of terrain gradings)

Ask questions especially if you are new to club walking.



Skiing the high country


(E) Easy - flat or gently undulating open areas, groomed trails.
(M) Medium - rolling terrain, some manoeuvring through treed areas, traverses on steep slopes.
(R) Rough - steep descents, long descents on narrow trails, limited choice of route because of rock outcrops or trees, exposed routes, high risk of icy conditions




(C) Complete Beginner - limited or no skills, requires instruction.
(B) Beginner - can snowplough, herringbone and traverse on gentle slopes.
(I) Intermediate - can step turn, traverse on any slope, do 180° turns, side slip and side step.
(A) Advanced - can stem christie, telemark or parallel, and ski the fall line on moderate or steeper slopes


Take advantage of the excellent gear that the Club has available for hire before lashing out on your own equipment. The equipment available and current rates per weekend / week are as follows. Hirers are responsible for collecting and returning the equipment. A deposit of $20 is required and part or all of this will be refunded, depending on the condition of the items upon return or whether they are returned damaged, dirty or late.

Olympus two person tent
Macpac Microlight one person tent
Snow tent
3 season bag, mat and liner
Assorted packs
Trangia and fuel bottle
Snow shoes/poles
Snow sleeping bag, mat and liner
Long bed compass
no charge - just a $5 deposit

Check you have ALL the bits and pieces you need when collecting gear.

A set of photos of the equipment to be included


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