- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Plan a Group Expedition
Expedition is the word used to describe a trip with a purpose
Here are some tips on how to make sure any expedition you and your team embark upon is well planned and goes without a hitch:
The first thing to do when planning an expedition is to come up with a mission statement. This is a couple of sentences that clearly describe where you are going on the trip,why you are going, and what you want to achieve. Here is a sample mission statement: "I plan to lead my team through the Atlas mountains in Morocco. We will observe the hill tribes living there, and take some fantastic photos of the people and the landscape."
Use a map to plan your route to and from your destination. Work out how far your team will travel each day and plan where you will camp each night. Plan at least one alternative route both there and back in case you come across any obstacles in your journey.
Study books about previous expeditions to the area. Read and compare the accounts of at least three different people.
Decide on a start date and an end date for your expedition. Investigate the type of weather you can expect in the area at that time of year, as this will affect the clothing and camping equipment you will need to take.
What type of ground will you be covering? Is the terrain flat or mountainous? Do you need to take ropes and climbing gear, or would it be wiser to take cross-country skis?
Are there any natural sources of food or water along your planned route? How many days will you need to travel before you reach them? This will affect your calculations of how many days' food and drink rations you need to carry at the beginning of your journey. Remember that a lot of water is not potable(safe to drink) so you may have to take water purification equipment, Iodine crystals whilst not the nicest tasting, is one of the quickest, easiest and lightest per litre of water purified.
Are there any deadly creatures you should watch out for along the way, such as snakes or poisonous spiders? This will influence the medical supplies you pack.
Make a list of everything that could go wrong on the expedition. What if someone gets sick from food poisoning or breaks a leg? Make a list of the supplies and equipment you'll need to deal with each situation.
Assign each member of your team an essential duty. These duties might include map reading, shelter building, monitoring rations, fetching water, cooking, gathering wood and building fires, keeping the camp clean, and watching out for dangerous animals.
Use all the information you have gathered to write up a trip plan. Give a copy of the plan to everyone who will be going on the expedition. Leave a copy with someone who is not. This person can alert the authorities if you don't return on time.