Preserving the beauty of the Blue Mountains
1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimise campfire impacts
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of other visitors
Research is essential to ensure familiarity with your planned route. Overestimating your fitness and skill level is dangerous, as is underestimating the difficulty of the terrain.
Here is a recommened checklist we follow before heading out.
1. Download copies of all maps before you leave.
2. Do not rely on your phone having reception where you are going.
3. Check the weather forecast and fire hazard advice and be aware that conditions can change unexpectedly.
4. Tell someone where you are going and your expected return time. Give them instructions on what to do if you are overdue, such as contacting the Police.
5. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear to keep you warm, dry and protected from the weather. Shoes should be comfortable, well worn-in and provide adequate protection.
6. Sun and insect protection is a must.
7. Bring enough water for the full duration of the walk. We recommend at least one litre per person for every two hours. (Purification tablets or Life Straws allow drinking from natural sources in an emergency).
8. Carry everything you may need including maps, a compass, matches, a fully charged electric torch, and a comprehensive first aid kid. A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is recommended if entering remote areas or attempting difficult terrain. Local adventure shops like Summit gear can provide all your bushwalking needs. The local Police station loan PLBs for free.
9. Walk in groups, so that during an emergency one walker can seek help while another can assist and attend to any injuries.
10. Respect all barriers and signs.
11. Stay on the trail, as some tracks may not be clearly marked or signposted. Leaving the trail in any way could result in becoming disorientated or losing the trail completely.
12. Leave No Trace and keep our National Park beautiful for everyone, see our Leave No Trace section to establish the Seven Principles.