The route card is a key part of any expedition. It sets out the route the team is taking, the places they will travel through, times they will stop for breaks, distances covered, heights climbed, times taken as well as a description of features passed on route.
As well as providing the team with detailed instructions it lets your expedition supervisors and assessors know where you are. In an emergency it will help the emergency services to find you.
You must never leave the route set out on your route card. If you do get lost and are off route if you can get back onto your route as soon as possible. Always notify your expedition supervisor if this happens so they know you are off route.
- To envisage the route to be taken before the actual expedition, ie. distance to be walked and height climbed, and prepare for it
- To have a quick reference guide during the expedition, telling them if they are on time, what features they should be passing and what they can expect from different sections of the route etc.
- Actions to take in an emergencu
- To know if the groups are covering the correct distances in a sensible amount of time
- To know where the group should be at all times and to be able to meet them at the checkpoints to know if a group is late and take the appropriate actions