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.
|Stage||Objective||Grid reference||Bearing||Km||Height + & or -||Terrain||Stage Time||E.T.A. & Remarks|
|PM||At Consett Stephen Pass||220772||Lunch till 12.30pm|
|1||To Mt Tate||213758||192° magnetic||1.7 km||+140m||Rough ground & snow grass||1 hr||1.30pm|
|2||To Mt Anderson via Mann Bluff||195740||218° magnetic||3 km||+180m -240m||Picks up old rough fire trail||1 hr||3.15pm|
|3||To Mt Anton||190725||190° magnetic||1.5km||+120m -140m||Clearer old fire trail||50 min||4.05pm|
|4||Camp in valley of Pounds Creek||190720||230° magnetic and 152° magnetic||0.5km||-100m||Into saddle & to valley to choose a camp site||15 min||4.20pm|
|Totals||6.7km||+440m -480m||3hr 50min|