do I prepare for Easter Venture?
Ask others who have been before. Go on practice hikes - practise packing
your pack - prepare your menu - check your gear - practise map and compass
skills -increase your fitness through exercise and walking everywhere.
Wear in your walking boots always with two pairs of wool or wool blend
socks e.g. 'Éxplorers'
Cut your toenails properly a few days before you leave. It is imperative
that your team carries correct and sufficient equipment, food and clothing.
How far will we hike? And How hard is it?
E.V. teams plan their own hike route using the coordinates given. The
distance you walk and where your team goes is up to them.
What should I wear?
Theme gear + comfortable 'weather suitable' clothing. Always wear a hat
- sunhat during the day, even if it is cloudy and a warm beanie at night.Long
sleeved shirts/tops + shorts [nylon if the weather looks wet - they dry
easily not like cotton] +well worn in footwear.
What Gear Should I Take?
[at least 65l with internal frame]. Pack all your gear in smaller plastic
bags into your pack lined with a large garbag [orange garden type are
best] All your things will stay dry even if your pack is wet through!
weather gear/jacket [Japara/Goretex
plastic groundsheet Sleeping bag and inner sheet.
Kit with contents to help you treat personal injuries:-blisters, sprains,
Bandaids - antiseptic [Betadine
] - Panadol - blister dressing
- crepe bandage -personal medication
hike tent with sewn in floor with flysheet and lightweight pegs. Hutchies
or bivvy bags are not acceptable.
gear [small soap, comb, flannel, tooth brush & small toothpaste,
[sun protection-sunscreen 30+,lip balm] beanie
blend thick socks.
clothes [not too many changes!!]
paper and small lightweight trowel.
containers [at least 2 litres]
holder - compass -whistle on cord - pencil, paper
to prepare meals eating utensils K.F.S. mug small tea towel
do I sleep?
Venturer Overnight Camps are established by E.V. staff each night in a
different location. First aid, water, hot water at meal times, camp toilets
and entertainment are supplied.
Each sub-camp has leaders to help and advise you if you have problems.
Branch policy requires separate tents for male
and female Venturers. [This means no
For safety, on arrival at the Venturer overnight camp, you must report
to the campsite check-in point.
This is also the case at each lunchtime site. When you arrive at camp
your E.V. Passport will be collected and your team number recorded to
detect late or missing teams.
What about meals?
There are no shops near the E.V. site. Due to firebans there are no fires
and no stoves on E.V. Lightweight ingredients and meals able to be prepared
with only hot water are essential. We supply hot water at each campsite
for tea and breakfast. Your team needs 2 billies. We cater for teams not
individuals. Plan, purchase food, pack, carry, prepare and eat meals as
a team. Sunday's evening meal is supplied for you
Breakfasts: Weetbix muesli breakfast bars powdered milk milo Tang.
Lunches: cold pies / pasties sausage rolls / cut rolls from home
for the first day - Sardines/mussels/metwurst/cheese portions/sticks/
bread pita bread vegemite peanut butter hard boiled eggs Vitaweet biscuits
Margarine and peanut butter are excellent sources of energy.
Tea: soup/oxo Pasta meals/ tuna /deb and vegetables/ camp pie/
Instant pudding/ angel delight!! Cheese cake if you want a real carbohydrate
boost and want to impress the camping judges!!! [White Wings lemon is
Snacks: high energy muesli/energy bars scroggin/ dried fruit/ biscuits/fresh
Your team is expected to show your sub camp leaders what you eat so that
we know that you are eating well for the hike.
How Should Units Select Teams?
Compatibility - Experience - Attitude - Fitness - Training.
Who do you get along with and who you don't mind sharing gear/tent/decision
i.e. people with the same aim as yourself. Decide on your aim e.g. To
go for broke or just do your best or just go along for the ride.
It is best to select a team leader - probably the most experienced - who
will make the final decisions after consulting the other members.
We will put you with other incomplete teams if you cannot make groups
of 4 from your own Unit. Check with other Units to combine members before
you apply. Venturers hike in teams of 4.
What Are the Main Problems Encountered on E.V.?
Too much gear taken i.e. Several changes of clothing are not necessary
Heavy tents, pegs are all extra unnecessary equipment.
Your pack should weigh no more than 1/4 - 1/3 - of your body weight.
Too little gear taken: E.V. is not Rogaining! There is a certain
minimum gear that is essential for your safety. Adequate raingear [plastic
ponchos are not good enough for a 4 day hike] sleeping bag, tent with
fly and warm clothing [thermals are warm and light] for night time are
Dehydration: Keep up the fluids. Many small sips of water are best.
Beware of energy drinks.
Your body requires fluid replacement at increasing levels according to
activities and the weather.
Faulty Packs: Check yours well before Easter.[internal framed packs
Blisters: Wear in your footware well before EV - wear two pair
of socks and wearing a pack on your practice hikes. Your feet should be
firm in your boots but not tight - be prepared to add or change the ratio
of thick/thin socks. Wool/synthetic blends. Treatment: apply second skin
or elasto-plast or bandaids as soon as a sore spot is felt [heel, toe.
Not enough sleep Gung Ho Hikers always seem to get enough sleep
except on the Sunday night!!!
Getting lost: The map is not often wrong. Stop, study the map and
terrain. Try to work out when you last knew where you were-look for prominent
features. Wait for help- another E.V. team. Getting lost can be avoided.
Take note of road or track directions before setting out from each activity
site and at each change of direction or major feature.
After dark set up your tents - shine your torch - look for other lights.
Be prepared to camp where you are for the night - you should have enough
water with you at all times for this.
The E.V. Hike Team searches for lost teams and does not give up until
all teams are in camp!!!!!
Insufficient good food: See the menu and snack suggestions included
on this page.
lack of planning beforehand.
This web site should set you on the right track.
What Happens If A Team Member Gets Hurt or Sick?
Protect them from further danger/injury - stay with your team mate - apply
first aid and make them comfortable - send 2 people for help to the nearest
activity checkpoint or road. Roads in the E.V. area are patrolled during
If the weather is cold and wet pitch your tent and get in it and in your
sleeping bag if you have to wait for help.
You are expected to treat your own minor injuries but a qualified Ist.Aid
person will be at each lunch spot and at the night camps if you need help.
If you are not feeling well, tell someone about it early. Viruses are
travel bugs and get around in droplets spread by coughing or sneezing.
E.V. does not have a doctor so if necessary you will be taken to a hospital.
If you cannot continue hiking with your team you go home. We are not able
to transport you from campsite to campsite.
Specific Skills for Easter Venture:
sense of fun!
willingness to join in all activities.
Reading - All team members need to be proficient in map and compass
skills plus route planning.
At the beginning of the hike each team will be issued with a colour
1:50 000 map and the coordinates of the checkpoints for the first section
until lunch. After lunch you will be given the coordinates for the afternoon
section of the hike.Check points and activity sites have different values
i.e. bronze - silver - gold.
up camp quickly and efficiently.
meals using hot water supplied at each campsite.
tasks and working well together.
take a waterproof jacket even if the weather forecast is for fine weather.
may be very cold. If you get lost or hurt a wind proof and water proof
jacket is good protection.
Venture is a hike. The main reason for Venturers going home from E.V.
At the first sign of sore feet [heel. toe. ankle] STOP!!!!
Put a strip of plaster over the red skin to protect the sore area and
hold the skin together before a blister develops. The best cover for a
raw blister is your natural skin pulled gently back in place and protected
by adhesive plaster. Using 'Second Skin' is another method.
take a waterproof jacket, have a good breakfast and eat regular snacks.
If you get very cold for a long time without exercise, energy foods, protection
from the cold your body starts to close down some functions resulting
in exposure.[wind, rain and cold together are potentially lethal] Having
a good breakfast plus regular extra energy food throughout the day besides
your meals is essential.
Other factors which may predispose hypothermia are:- poor food, a poor
mental attitude, inactivity, recent illness and lack of fitness. Small,
thin people are at risk because they have less natural insulation.
The signs of hypothermia include general slowing down, slurred speech,
stumbling or clumsiness, lack of interest or awareness, out of character
behaviour, excessive shivering.
Treatment: Stop and rest. Protect the cold person from the wind,
using a space blanket, and cold ground using a groundsheet. Give energy
food- energy bars, sweets, biscuits. If it is wet pitch your tent remove
excessive wet clothing and warm the patient gradually in a sleeping bag.
if you get too hot and can't cool down. A sun hat plus loose fitting,
light coloured, long sleeved tops are ideal with 30+ sun protection. Water
is the best drink with frequent sips. The tube water systems are a good
idea but don't share yours!! Too many germs are spread this way.
Drink often in small amounts to prevent dehydration - feeling thirsty,
decreasing urine output of a darker colour are some indicators.
So if you or members of your team feel very hot, dizzy, very thirsty:
sit down in the nearest shady spot, sip small amounts of water, cool down
-remove any excess clothing, sponge with a damp flannel/handkerchief,
fan each other, lie with your feet higher than your body.
Everyone smells on hikes so deodorants are not necessary. Having a sponge
- in tent - wash is a good idea.
Wash your hands using soap after toilet use and before food preparation
and eating. Washing your feet each day prevents blisters
Toilet Training! Use minimal impact techniques: At least 100m from a water
source or potential watercourse, dig a hole 15cm deep [no deeper so that
the micro organisms can speedily decompose your faeces] cover well and
stamp earth down on top then cover with leaves... Wash your hands.