What our Trip Leaders Do
Pre/Post Run Tasks
Schedule the trip: Day/Time and Meeting Location
Provide Trip details to CFW Web Admin and Secretary for posting on the Website and Facebook
Determine Trail Conditions (this may include but is not limited to verifying maps, contacting local rangers and talking with folks who have run the trail recently)
Download/Print Trip Report Form from our website
Download/Print Guest Liability Form from our website
Evaluate expected weather for day of the run
Return Trip Report Form to CFW V.P. at the next club meeting
Provide trip overview (with pictures, if possible) to CFW Web Admin and Secretary for posting to website and/or Facebook
Trip Day Tasks
At meeting location, greet/welcome attendees
Check-in attendees (complete trip report form) and guests and do introductions
Ensure Guests have read and signed the Liability Form
Note any special needs of any attendees and verify the vehicles have proper equipment for the difficulty level of the trail
Before departure have a meeting to review the driving, trail and lunch plans
Discuss expected difficulty of trail including known obstacles and rig expectations for the trail
Insure that the Trip Leader and the tail gunner both have working radios
On the Trail
Monitor group to ensure we all 'stay the trail' and 'tread lightly'
Manage breakdowns or emergencies
Remember no one should be left behind or alone
Trip Participant Information
--Insure your rig is properly maintained before embarking, and properly equipped for the difficulty level of the trail
--Fill your gas tank before arriving at the trip meeting location
--Bring your lunch/snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Most of our trips with travel and trail time are 5+ hours so the trip leader will plan a lunch stop.
--Follow the leader: stay a close but safe distance from the rig in front of you
--Monitor the rig behind you. Slow down or stop if they fall out of your view
--At hard turns, ensure the rig behind you follows the turn off
--Assist with breakdowns or emergencies
--Assist with obstacles or trail conditions
--Remember we all 'stay the trail' and 'tread lightly'
Depending on difficulty, some trail runs may have additional requirements, but the following are the minimum requirements for any vehicle participating in a club sponsored trail run.
4-Wheel Drive: high clearance and low-range capability with proper seat belts and roll bar for soft top vehicles
Tow Hooks: Front and Rear tow points are required on all vehicles
Spare Tire: A Full size spare of the proper size/bolt pattern is required on all vehicles.
Repair/Recovery Kit: Spare Tire (proper size and bolt pattern) , Hi Lift Jack/Lug Wrench, Tow Strap, Fire Extinguisher and and appropriate tools for making basically trail repairs on your rig should your vehicle breakdown or get damaged
Emergency Kit: Include things like extra food, water, First Aid, fire/warmth, maps, etc
Radio: While not mandatory, we encourage every rig to have a CB radio, installed or handheld, for communication on the trail
Air Compressor: While a few trails have places nearby to refill tires, more often than not an air-compressor (or Nitrox tank) is needed to refill tires before hitting the highway