Route-plan cards

A route-plan card is a simple method of recording the information gained about stages of the proposed trip. It can take some time to prepare and will give a great feel of what should be expected on the trip. If you have prepared route-plan cards for a trip properly, you will almost feel as if you have walked or skied the trip before you go. To be useful, route-plan cards should break your intended route into logical stages. These should avoid a change of navigated direction or track junction decisions within a stage. For each stage, list distance, estimate of required time, ascent and descent distances and brief information about the type of terrain likely to be encountered. Predict your walking time using the rule above, either by calculation or by use of the chart in Figure 3.1. Table 3.1 shows an example of a route-plan card. Route-plan card layout can be varied to suit the requirements of the trip.

Table 3.1 Route-plan card
StageObjectiveGrid referenceBearingKmHeight + & or -TerrainStage TimeE.T.A. & Remarks
PMAt Consett Stephen Pass220772     Lunch till 12.30pm
1To Mt Tate213758192° magnetic1.7 km+140mRough ground & snow grass1 hr1.30pm
2To Mt Anderson via Mann Bluff195740218° magnetic3 km+180m -240mPicks up old rough fire trail1 hr3.15pm
3To Mt Anton190725190° magnetic1.5km+120m -140mClearer old fire trail50 min4.05pm
4Camp in valley of Pounds Creek190720230° magnetic and 152° magnetic0.5km-100mInto saddle & to valley to choose a camp site15 min4.20pm
Totals   6.7km+440m -480m 3hr 50min