August 2019 (Issue 461)
Fun In The Snow - Mount Terrible Snow Trip
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ABOUT THE CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 40 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in the exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities.
The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2019/20 year were ratified at the general meeting in April 2019 and are as follows:
Single: $85 (Senior card - $80) Joint/Family: $95 (Senior card - $90) One off joining fee of $15 ($30 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $52 These fees are based on an electronic newsletter distribution only. No levy or discount to be offered. Requests for a hard copy magazine will be considered by the Committee.
NON-MEMBER TRIP FEE
A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries
COMMITTEE President: Mark Tyssen firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President and FWDV Delegate: Tim Folliard email@example.com
Secretary: Martin Foot firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Angela Bombardieri email@example.com
Trip & Social: Tim Folliard firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Damian Stock email@example.com
Venue coordinator: Mark Tyssen firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership: Martin Foot email@example.com
Resources: Peter Landouris (OM) firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENT’S REPORT A month has come and gone again, and ‘what has happened?” you may well ask. Well a few things actually. At the June meeting we had the first Subaru crossing of the Simpson Desert video of Murray Gartner, which heralds just over 40 years since its occurrence. Beryl Gartner appreciated our showing of the video recapping their endeavours in the crossing. We had the intrepid groups of Peter & Kate, with Martin and Dot, and Peter D, all in Central Australia doing some of those same outback tracks (roads?). Almost like a tribute, also all in Subarus. Yes, there were mechanical failures, but all returned good and safe. Peter D had managed to return in time for the July meeting and gave a great oral trip report of his journey through the various towns he visited. Martin & Dot returning just before the second week of August, I am sure at the August meeting that he will also provide a brief commentary of his trip. We will probably hold a brief August General Meeting, like the July meeting was, as we have the 2019 Annual General Meeting following it. Unlike last year, we will be having snacks to eat which will be heating up during our General Meeting, so please be patient when you have to endure aromas coming from the kitchen (I am assuming that the oven works, otherwise a backup plan (Plan B) will be enacted. If you are not able to come, please present your apology by the Monday night, to either myself, email to President, or to Martin (Secretary), as it will assist me in determining the quantity of food and drink to bring for the meeting. I would like to see as many people as possible partake in the AGM, as it is our Club and it requires your involvement to continue. We welcome volunteers, to either continue on the Committee, or become a Committee Member. We also welcome volunteers to assist the Committee in a supporting position that does not require you to come to Committee meetings, as not everyone is able to spare the time. We appreciate your involvement. Involvement aids the feeling of “inclusivement”*, as it is our Club. We want the Club to not only survive, but continue to rebuild and grow, as it has over the last 12 months. The contribution of time and effort of all those concerned is appreciated. (* if this word is not in the dictionary, you all know what I mean.) Keep to the tracks, Mark Tyssen President, e: email@example.com
(The last time I wore a tie was at my son’s wedding in May, and at my GP’s 2nd wedding in March, both this year, and before that was about 18 years ago)
VICE-PRESIDENTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S REPORT Weighty Issues For those of you driving vehicles made in this century, have you checked the Takata airbag recall website? Subaru seem to be caught up in this and, while it has been mentioned at meetings before, the authorities are concerned a large number of owners are yet to have the parts replaced free of charge by their dealer. https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/compulsory-takata-airbag-recall/takata-airbag-recalls-list Tim Folliard Vice President, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
TREASURERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S REPORT AUGUST 2019 Description
Opening Balance at 1st July 2019 Income: 11/07/19 Membership fees (various) Total Income for month
Balance $3,291.08 $160.00
Expenses: 26/7/19 Optus Sat. phone mthly service fee $15.00 Total Expenses for July $15.00 Closing Balance at 30 July 2019 Opening Balance at 1st August 2019 Income: 14/08/19 Membership fees (various) Total Income for month Expenses: Closing Balance at 16 August 2019
) Previously ) ) reported ) )
$3,436.08 $3,436.08 $190.00 $190.00
NOTE: 1. Term Deposit of $8,076.12 (this includes interest accrued) matures on 10 October 2019. Angela Bombardieri Treasurer, e: email@example.com 6
VENUE REPORT AUGUST GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday, August 27th at 8pm VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. PRESENTATION: Apart from the normal general meeting activities we will be conducting the club AGM with a hot supper provided. Mark Tyssen Venue Coordinator
GENERAL MEETING NOTICE Welcome of members and visitors. Review and acceptance of previous general meeting’s minutes. Correspondence. Reports by various office bearers. Other business as mentioned below. General business raised by members. “Fines and Fun” – including brief summaries of recent trips. Guest speaker or presentation. Supper and networking. Details of the next few general meetings are as per the schedule below:
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE! Date
Tues 27 August Tues 24 September
South Camberwell Tennis Club South Camberwell Tennis Club
Recent Club Trip Videos
Annual General Meeting TBA
Tues 29 October
South Camberwell Tennis Club
Tues 26 November
South Camberwell Tennis Club
TRIP AND SOCIAL To put your name down for these trips or events you do not need to wait for a club meeting. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the trip leader directly. Strathfieldsaye Estate and Holey Plains State Park When: Friday - Sunday, September 20th - 22nd Location: Strathfieldsaye Estate, Perry Bridge, on the shores of Lake Wellington Contact: Damian Stock, e: email@example.com Details: A leisurely weekend exploring this historic homestead, and the 5000 acre property, on the shores of Lake Wellington. The return trip to Melbourne on Sunday will be via Holey Plains State Park, south of Sale, and surrounding areas.
Cup Day long weekend trip When: Saturday - Tuesday, November 2nd - 5th Location: Jamieson / Woods Point Contact: Peter Landouris, e: firstname.lastname@example.org Details: Available closer to the date of this re-scheduled trip.
Club Christmas Party BBQ When: Sunday, November 24th. Details: Available closer to the date.
Border Track (Vic/SA Border) When: Monday, April 6th., for five days. Contact: Tim Folliard, e: email@example.com Details: Sand dunes and desert camping in Victoria. Medium difficulty but Subarus have successfully completed this on earlier club trips. Camper trailers are not recommended in the sand.
North Flinders Ranges Touring When: Two weeks , tentatively 20 July - 2 August 2020. Contact: Martin Foot, e: firstname.lastname@example.org Details: Martin Foot is proposing a 2 week touring trip through the Northern Flinders Ranges in July 2020. Martin has extensive outback experience in Foresters and has just returned from a trip that included Birdsville and outback S.A. The committee is always looking for trip leaders and trip ideas. If you want to lead a trip, please contact me for support. Tim Folliard, Trip & Social Coordinator e: email@example.com 8
TRIP REPORTS The â&#x20AC;&#x153;NOTâ&#x20AC;? Mount Terrible Snow Trip By Rick Koster When the winter season approached there was the anticipation of being able to go and enjoy some fun 4WDing in the snow. As the days, weeks and months passed we waited for a favorable snow report to arrive so we could get out on the tracks. That opportunity finally came in August and, after some discussions, the feelers were put out for interested snow seekers and a convoy of three vehicles was formed. It was good to have one of our newer members, Nicholas, come along in his Outback. We arranged to meet at Warburton at 9.00ish to get away by 9.30. Once we had all arrived and got organized we hit the road heading through Warburton towards Reefton. At Reefton we turned left to begin the 20+ kilometres of windy Warburton/ Woods Point road up to Cumberland Junction. Within a few kilometres of driving up the road we were officially on a snow trip as there was the appearance of the fluffy white stuff. The further and higher we travelled the thicker the snow got. We decided to briefly pull over to get some photos of the picturesque scenery. Soon after we were mobile again and the snow kept getting thicker to the point of the bitumen disappearing out of sight below the snow. More and more sightseers began to appear and it was like driving through a school zone at 40 KPH with cars, kids and parents everywhere playing in the snow. We finally reached the Marysville/Woods Point road and made comment on not having seen this much snow there before. We turned right heading for Woods Point and, soon after, turned left leaving the black stuff heading for Big River road. For a short time the snow had all but disappeared. 9
TRIP REPORTS CONT. Shortly we came across the remnants of a fallen tree branch across the track that we had to negotiate but didn't prove to be a problem. We continued on past the campsites and eventually arrived at a small river crossing approx 2 km before our next turn off. After testing the waters for depth and debris it was fine to proceed through with no concerns. The snow was beginning to reappear and we were soon at the turnoff for Hope track which was a short, steep track to take us to Mt Terrible track. I checked with Nicholas to ensure he was happy to proceed up this track in the Outback and he was quite happy to continue on. As we travelled up this track the snow got thicker the higher we got. We were basically travelling on fresh untouched snow. Traction finally became a problem and brought the Outback to a stop. I was impressed with how far it had got given the conditions. The ''L'' series continued to claw its way up a bit further until getting to a narrow off camber part of the track and decided to try and go sightseeing over the edge of a cliff. Time to stop fast! After selecting reverse and trying to sneak back onto the centre of the track, it kept trying to slide toward the edge so it was time to drag out the shovel and dig the snow away from behind the rear wheels back to '' terra firma'' after which we were able to reverse back onto the track. I was within 1 km of Mt Terrible track, but given the hour of the day, and distance still to be travelled, the snow had beaten us from getting to the hut. After reversing to a wider section of track I did a U turn and drove back to the other vehicles where we all fed the worms and caffeine beetles. We spent some time there 10
TRIP REPORTS CONT. where snow balls were made and thrown and a snow man was built. Not sure who enjoyed the chance to throw things at each other more, Dave, or his boys! Sadly it was finally time to start heading home so we began retracing our steps out. We stopped at a couple of the campsites to check them out for future reference. After an afternoon tea break on the track we finally arrived at our original meeting place at Warburton where we ended the trip officially. It was a great day out in the snow! Attendees: David, Anthony and Justin Wilson
Rick and Josh Koster
EDITOR’S NOTE On the rare occasion that I was actually in Melbourne on the same day that a club trip was on, I headed along to Wallan last Sunday to meet up with other club members for the Mount Disappointment day trip. Despite only having a few hours out on the tracks (fines and fun will explain more) I enjoyed putting the turbo CVT through its paces and obtaining some great footage in the process. With a GoPro camera in the rear window, a cheaper SPORTS CAM in the front, and with an iPhone and an SLR in hand, I was kept pretty busy capturing video, and snapping photos, of the group as they traversed the challenging tracks we encountered. Watch out for photos in next month’s magazine and videos and photos on Facebook. This month we have a trip report on the recent snow trip to Mount Terrible, courtesy of Rick Koster, with additional photos contributed by Nicholas Leask. Thanks guys. If you have some good footage, or photos, from a club trip just email me and I will organise to get them from you. Large email attachments may not make it through to me but I will come up with a solution. After all, I’m in IT. With the AGM upon us next week I’d be happy to hand over the editorial reins to anyone who is keen to take on this important communications role for the club and has some spare time each month to undertake it. The social media component is optional as well, if this is not of interest. Damian Stock The deadline for submissions for the next edition is:
Friday, September 13th, 2019 Email editor: firstname.lastname@example.org 11
September 20 - 22
Social / Easy
Cup Day long weekend trip
November 2 - 5
Annual Christmas Party
Social / Easy
Border Track (Vic/SA Border)
April 6 - 10, 2020
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MINUTES Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. held on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 at the home of Angela Bombardieri and Julie Dyer, 16 Mercil Street, Alphington, starting at 7.45pm approximately. Proceedings 1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Tim Folliard, Angela Bombardieri 2. Apologies: Peter Landouris 3. Visitors: Nil. 4. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with 4 of 5 committee members present (section 63b). 5.0 Minutes of the Previous Meeting 5.1 Minutes of the committee meeting held 2 July 2019 were accepted without amendment. Moved Angela Bombardieri, seconded by Mark Tyssen. 5.2 Business Arising from the Minutes: There was no business arising from the Minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In FWDV: Alison Mclaughlin – Monthly Member Affiliation Tax Invoice Ian Fletcher – Jamieson – Licola Rd Mount Skene Permits Ian Fletcher – requesting club brochures for National 4x4 display Alison Mclaughlin – 2019-20 Vehicle stickers Wayne Hevey – Barmah NP Draft Mgt Plan - feedback requested General: Consumer Affairs Victoria – Annual Statement notification 13
Teamjackets.net – promoting “premium club jackets” Precise Auto – re “UltraGauge” scanner Optima Batteries – re “Optima Ultimate Street Car Festival” Bendigo Bank – Statement available Various – enquiries regarding membership 6.2 Out: Club members (MF) – reminder re AGM/elections + nomination form Club members (MT) – July magazine Club members (TF) – notice re Snow Trip Various – acknowledgements regarding membership enquiries 7. Reports 7.1 Resources No report (in Peter’s absence). [carried over] Stocktake will be needed as at 30 June. Sat phone now with Tim. Martin provided the SIM card. It was confirmed that the club’s sat phone is not available for private loan. 7.2 Trip and Social Snow Trip was held on Sunday 11 August, led by Ric Koster, in the Mt. Terrible area. Mt. Disappointment Day Trip. Scheduled for Sunday 18 August, to be led by Tim. Five vehicles currently registered. Woods Point – Jamieson Trip. This trip has been rescheduled for the Cup Day long weekend or as advised by Peter. Tim will cover as TL if Peter is not available. Strathfieldsaye Homestead, Lake Wellington. Following Damian’s presentation at the June GM, a proposal for a standing camp based there and day trips, possibly in September, is expected. Could be combined with a visit to Holey Plains SP. More information required. Social event: Proposed dinner and cinema evening to be rescheduled, TLs Martin and Dot. Annual Christmas Party - date set for 24 November, possibly at Bundoora Park. Proposed Cobaw State Forest Trip. Tim to investigate. Proposed Easter 2020 Trip: Border Track. Tim to investigate. Proposed Northern Flinders Ranges Trip in July 2020. Two weeks duration following the SA school holidays, focussed on Blinman, Arcaroola, Strezlecki Track, Parachilna and Wilpena Pound areas. TL Martin and Dot. More social trips also needed in between the above. 7.3 Venue 14
.July General Meeting – there was a demonstration of basics of snatch recovery in the carpark following the meeting. August General Meeting – no presentation due to the AGM. Catering for the AGM to involve hot food e.g. party pies, sausage rolls and mini-pizzas. Mark to organise. [carried over] Discussion on alternative venues. David Wilson is open to hosting an event at Ringwood. Fulcrum Suspension of Pakenham have contacted clubs offering to host a session. ACTION: Mark to investigate. [carried over] Door prizes – tyre deflators? Items needed to boost stocks [carried over] Possible future presentation at a meeting by Rudi Poeletti on the Walhallla/Woods Point district? Martin to enquire. 7.4 Membership Membership Applications: Michael Bauer: Moved Tim Folliard, seconded Mark Tyssen. CARRIED. Approved but still pending payment: Simeon Buckley. Several enquiries received, including former member Daryl Lynch. Membership register updated, with removal of non-financials. Current membership numbers: 27, including 6 Life members. 7.5 Editor Submission deadline: 16 August. Distribution: Thanks to Mark for sending out the magazine in July in Martin’s absence. The print versions of the magazine were sent to members on 13 August, as was the public e-mailing and posting on the website of the public version. [carried over] Advertising: An invoice is yet to be raised for Volksbaru. The last issued and paid was in 2017. The year in between is to be written off. ACTION: Peter L (who is a customer) to raise with proprietor John Bailey and advise Angela. Martin yet to discuss advertising with Subaxtreme. Mark yet to investigate possible advertising with wreckers: Subaru Heaven, Subabits, SubaRoos Burwood. 7.6 Treasurer Reporting: Angela proposed and it was agreed that financial reports to members be calculated as of the first of the month, rather than on odd days to suit the magazine deadline or meeting date. Bank Balance: (as of 1 August 2019): $3,436.08 [Secretary’s note] 7.7 Secretary Annual Report: Individual reports needed for Martin by 20 August. Annual report to be circulated to members on Sunday, 25 August, following the August magazine. Service Certificates: To be available for presentation at the AGM. Minutes for the July GM: Thanks to Mark for taking the Minutes of the July General
Meeting. To be forwarded to Martin for recording. 7.8 Vice-President No report. 7.9 President No report.
8 Priorities and Planning 8.1 By-Laws: Drafting of By-Laws not yet complete. ACTIONS: Tim to contact Peter Devine for update of convoy procedures. Martin to draft Code of Conduct section Mark to draft Roles and Responsibilities section. Work on By-Laws to be referred to the next Committee, following the AGM. 9. General Business: 9.1 [carried over] Fundraising chocolates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; still seeking a sales volunteer from the general membership. Mark has offered to draft an order form in due course.
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MINUTES General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm approximately. 1. Present Mark Tyssen, Tim Folliard, Peter Devine, Matt Chaplin, Les Ralph, Damian Stock, Andrew Jantke, Nick and Deb Leask, Rick Koster, Dave Wilson 2. Apologies Martin Foot & Dot Greiveson, Angela Bombardieri, Peter Landouris, Peter and Jean Bellis, Lisa Jantke, Phil and Elaine Milkins, Peter Kakalias, Des Lehmann, Angela Stock 3. Visitors Levi Ralph, Nathan Redden, Bear Redden. 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1 The Minutes of the June 2019 General Meeting were accepted without amendment. Moved by Damian Stock, and seconded by Tim Folliard. 5.2 There was no Business Arising. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In General: Membership enquiry from former members Daryl & Rose Lynch (full list at Committee Meeting 13 August 2019) 6.2 Out Membership enquiries (2) responses. 7. Reports 7.1 Resources 17
No report , in the absence of Peter Landouris. Club Uniform. shirt – put forward your order of size 7.2 Editor Magazine: Magazine sent out on early Monday morning by Mark. In this issue, report from 1995, Martin’s dual battery setup. We need more photos, stories on you vehicles. Social Media: Will attempt to create snippets out of tonight’s video. Reminder: Could Trip leaders and all participants on trips please send through photos, etc to the editor’s mailbox as a matter of course. 7.3 Trip and Social Snow Trip: Rick Koster – Mt Terrible as alternative, main track relatively easy, day out. Participants to register with TL Peter Landouris who will contact when weather conditions are favourable. Mt Disappointment – day run, 18th August; TL Tim Folliard; meet at Wallan 9:00am, make way back from 3:30pm; most easy-medium, can go around “ladder” – considered difficult. Meal and Movie Night: Martin previously advised that this social event has been postponed indefinitely, due to preparations for their outback trip with the Mynards. Cup Day long weekend: Woods Point / Jamieson Trip. Mt. Terrible / Mt. Skene western approaches, southern areas below Woods Point including Jericho, Donnelly’s Creek and other gold-rush locations. TL Peter Landouris. Carry over: Holey Plains State Park: Damian proposed a trip to Holey Plains State Park later in the year. Anyone interested in accompanying him on a pre-trip to Holey Plains please contact him directly. Strathfieldsaye Homestead: (a heritage property adjacent Lake Wellington). Damian proposed a standing camp to be held at Strathfieldsaye, with trips to surrounding areas. The Holey Plains trip (above) could be an activity based from Strathfieldsaye. There is also an opportunity for community service work assisting with maintenance of the property. Social Trips needed during the period of track closure. Contact Tim with ideas / proposals. 7.4 Venue AGM following August meeting. Meeting at RTTF with David Wilson, potentially Sept or October – yet to be arranged. Door Prize: Matt Chaplin 7.5 Membership Two enquiries – fees reduced from previous years, explanation of fee basis including 4WD Insurance. 18
7.6 Treasurer Statement as per the magazine. Sat phone account set up as a monthly direct debit. 7.7 Secretary – absent 7.8 Vice-President - FWDV ; no correspondence. 7.9 President – no report, other than what has already been said. 8.
General Business 8.1 Peter - Central Australia Trip – Five weeks and one day, 7430km, 2007 SG Forester. No problems, people everywhere, provided highlights of trip route taken, including conducted tour taken, bitumen to Maree, onto Lake Eyre, Colbra, visited actual geographic centre of Australia, onto Alice Springs, Glen Helen, Kings Canyon, Uluru (walked around it), onto Cooper Pedy, Woomera, Peterborough, Pinnaroo and then home. 8.2 Martin’s – progress: Birdsville – reminised; door not shutting on camper, stones to window; Peter& Kate Mynard: suspension support problem. 8.3 Beryl Gartner expressed thanks that we were showing trip on just over 40years of the trip. 8.4 Fundraising – the Committee is looking for a member to volunteer to assist with the chocolates sales. Mark will provide an order form template. 8.5 Bashplates – new members were reminded that David Wilson can assist them with bash plates – see his advertisement in the magazine.
Fines and Fun 9.1
Nametags: New members yet to receive nametags. No fines for others.
Last to Meeting: Dave Wilson.
Nick Leask - Came to venue on the 23rd, a week early. Blamed Google calendar.
10. Presentation. A video was played of the Simpson Desert crossing by club members 40 years ago. This video was taken by the late Murray Gartner. 11. Meeting closed at 9:50 pm approximately and was followed by supper and the video. 12. Next meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 August 2019, commencing at 8pm, followed by the club AGM. Minutes taken by President, Mark Tyssen, in the absence of Secretary, Martin Foot.
TRIP AND RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items or equipment on every trip:
Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader
Two rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t)
Rated snatch strap
Recovery points, front & rear; plus, optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design;
UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio. Ideally in car but hand held are ok provided sufficient battery(s) to last the trip.
Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver
Spare tyre (full size)
Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent
Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)
Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays
A tyre pressure gauge; compressor (according to the trip)
An axe, bow or chain saw;
A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good)
Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)
A tool kit
Personal first aid kit
Your vehicle manual
Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All non-emergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.