Make sure you are familiar with your hike by pre-hiking before June 2 or insuring that one of your hikers knows the trail. Check theÂ Trail Condition NoticesÂ on the website for your section now, and just before the hike for information about closures, reroutes, etc.
Explain the car shuttle to everyone at the meeting place. If you meet at the ending place of the hike, take only the minimum number of cars needed to get everyone to the starting place. Some will have to wait at the end after the hike while drivers go back to the start to get the cars. On the other hand, if you meet at the starting place, some will have to wait there before the hike while you shuttle cars to the end. Either way, make sure that the meeting place and time are correct on your hike listing. Make sure that everyone has a ride at the end of the hike.
Carry a map, whistle, and first aid kit with you.
Bring a few extra bottles of water, a few extra energy bars, some sun screen, and some insect repellant to the meeting place in case any of your hikers are unprepared.
Make sure all hikers are prepared for the hike and weather conditions before you leave the meeting place. As hike leader, you have the right to discourage anyone you believe will have trouble on the hike.
Keep your group together. Appoint someone as sweep. Wait for slower hikers at every trail junction, ambiguous turn, obstacle, or difficult section.
Plan your lunch break in a pretty spot. Donâ€™t forget â€śnature breaks.â€ť
Take a moment on your hike to honor the memory of Gerry Benedict, of Newark, NY, who died following a freak accident while clearing downed trees on the FLT on May 10. Gerry was one of the many volunteers who have built and maintain the Finger Lakes Trail for the enjoyment of all. Find more information about GerryÂ hereGerard_P.pdf. To the best of our knowledge, Gerry is the only fatality in the 50 year history of trail maintenance on the Finger Lakes Trail. This hike, and indeed, the entire trail, would not exist without the efforts of people like Gerry.
Say a few words about the Finger Lakes Trail and the FLT Conference. Invite non-members to join us in using and supporting the trail. If you need a few brochures or sample newsletters, contact the office.