SA Treks 2022

18 – 23rd September 2022  

Next trek:
18th to 23rd September 2022 numbers permitting (we need 10-15 Trekkers to proceed)

Alpana Station in the North Flinders Ranges

For information, nomination, and completion of the admin required before arrival please contact:

POC SA: Paul Wilton
paul@trojanstrek.com
Mobile 0435 780 237

Please note: You will be required to gain a doctor’s clearance to attend.
If you are interested in attending you need to look at the following forms.

Personal and medical information  (Will download as a Word file)

General Instructions (Will download as a Word file)

GENERAL INSTRUCTION TROJAN’S TREK – SA SEPTEMBER 2022

Introduction

  1. A Trojan’s Trek will be conducted on Alpana station in the North Flinders Ranges, http://alpanastation.com/ from 18 to 23 Sep 2022. The trek is the start of a new journey of awareness through life; it is not a long walk in the bush.  The target group is first responders and military veterans, impacted by events resulting in stress illness.  Vacancies are limited so early indication is recommended. Attendance is free ex-Adelaide.
  2. A trek base will be established at Alpana Station shearers’ quarters from which the trekkers will be supplied and supported. The course is conducted in a remote environment and will present new ways of overcoming life’s challenges.  Three nights will be spent in the bush in relatively rough conditions sleeping in swags.

Aim

  1. The aim of Trojan’s Trek is to provide the setting and conditions under which participants will experience a lasting positive shift in personal values and interpersonal relationships.

Objectives

  1. The objectives of the trek are to develop in the participants through joint and individual challenge:
  • an understanding of how thoughts and feelings influence behaviour,
  • exposure to various strategies which will bring about positive change,
  • suggested individual responses which are effective in achieving that objective,
  • build a peer support group from those attending, and
  • enhance self-esteem.

General

5. The trek participants will be taken on a journey, both literally and figuratively to explore issues that affect their lives. Group dynamics will be utilised by sharing and discussing issues at team and individual levels.

6. The area in which the trek will be conducted is out of mobile phone range. The nearest town is Blinman which has limited facilities and is approximately 30 minutes drive away.  Participants are to ensure enough personal items are carried to last the duration of the trek.

Organisation

7. The Commander, Moose Dunlop OAM has overall responsibility for the conduct of the trek. Staff attending will be advised closer to the trek dates.

Attendance Requirements

8. Those attending from states other than SA must comply with cross-border travel requirements if reintroduced. Because of the implications of mandatory isolation resulting from COVID infection, the attendance of interstate trekkers will be re-assessed closer to the date. This is necessary because of potential isolation requirements if COVID is contracted while in SA.

9. Those wishing to attend are required to complete Annex A to this document by 2 nd September. If experiencing financial difficulties, nominees should contact the point of contact (POC) Paul, paul@trojanstrek.com soon as possible.  The course is not physically demanding; however, a basic standard of fitness is required.  NOTE. A clearance from a GP is required, refer Annex A. Those interested in attending are requested to contact Paul as soon as possible

10. Additionally, all staff and participants are required to

a. undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) three days before deployment date (Staff 13 Sep, participants 14 Sep) and results advised by email to paul@trojanstrek.com
b. ONLY if the test is negative is the member to continue to plan on attending.
c. undertake a RAT test on the day of departure for the bush, and
d. ONLY if the second test is negative is the member to attend.

Further information related to current health restrictions will be provided closer to the start date.

11. Reminder, all members coming from interstate, by any means, may be required to register by completing the Cross Border Travel Registration form (if reintroduced) at least 3 days before travel.  Please check relevant state health department requirements.

12. Participants are selected on the basis that:

• they will benefit from the program,
• a clearance from their GP is received
• each has volunteered to attend and has completed and submitted Annex A

Movement, Accommodation, and Deployment

  • All participants requiring accommodation will be met on arrival and accommodated at Keswick Barracks. Arrival details and Cross Border Travel registration number, if applicable, must be advised to the POC before travel.
  • Out of town staff. Out of town staff are to arrive on Friday 16 th September by 1200 hrs. Note some may have to draw hire vehicles. Accommodation is available at Keswick Barracks. Advise the POC of arrival details and requirements.
  • Out-of-town participants. Participants other than Adelaide-based should arrive on Sat 17 th September. Accommodation is available at Keswick Barracks. Advise the POC of arrival details and requirements. Vehicle parking is available
  • Local Participants. Local participants are to report to Keswick Barracks on Sunday 18 Sep by 0745 hrs to catch the bus. Participants accommodated under own arrangements or locally are requested to arrange their transport to the departure point at Keswick Barracks. Note: Personal vehicles may be left at the barracks for the trek duration but no responsibility for their safety is accepted by Trojan’s Trek.

14. Movement to Alpana will be as follows:

a) Field and Support Staff. Sat 17 Sep.  Under the control of the Commander and in accord with instructions issued separately, this group will depart Adelaide at 0800 hrs in 4WD vehicles.

b) Participants will depart from Keswick Barracks at 0800 hrs by bus.  Further information will be issued when numbers are confirmed.

          c) Contact number bus driver Wally, 0408 891 457 or Geoff 0422 005 0900.

15. The driving time from Adelaide to Alpana is approximately six hours. Once the participants have arrived at Alpana it will be difficult for individual participants to return to Adelaide earlier than Friday 23 Sep.

16. Drivers of vehicles going bush are to ensure that spare tyres, wheel brace, and the like are present and serviceable before departure.  This includes the trailers.  Separate instructions will be issued to drivers.

17. All roads in the trek area are unsealed.  Due care must be exercised by all drivers and supervising staff.  Normal speed limits apply, and particular care must be exercised when driving off roads.  Further instructions concerning driving standards will be issued prior to departure and after arrival at Alpana

Dress and Equipment

18. All participants are to bring the following items packed in a duffle bag or similar:

  • personal toilet items
  • camera
  • towel
  • sleeping bag and nightwear
  • swag (swags are available from Trojan’s Trek if required, refer to Annex A for indication of requirement)
  • insect repellent and/or fly net
  • comfortable sturdy boots suitable for the bush
  • good quality socks
  • long-sleeved shirt and long trousers for bush wear
  • waterproof jacket, warm jacket, or pullover for nightwear
  • compass, GPS, binoculars (if available not mandatory)
  • matches/source of fire
  • torch
  • cash as required and driver’s licence
  • water bottle and brew mug
  • prescription medicines
  • a wide-brimmed hat, and
  • pen or pencil19. Day temperatures are expected to be in the mid to low 20s with evening temperatures dropping to below 10 degrees. Rain is unlikely, but the carriage of some form of wet weather gear is advisable.

Stores and Equipment

20. Rations, stores, and equipment will be carried to Alpana with the advance party and staff in the 4 WD vehicles.

Medical

21. A medic will be present for the duration of the trek.  Participants are requested to carry their own personal medication.  The nearest hospital is located at Hawker approximately one hour and thirty minutes away.

Rations and Quarters

22. Rations will be provided for the duration of the trek. Stops en-route to and from Alpana will allow the purchase of snacks at members’ expense.  Participants will spend at least three nights in the bush in a swag.   Any special dietary requirements should be indicated at Annex A.

23. Alcohol and drugs (other than prescription) are NOT to be taken to or consumed during the trek.

Use of Private Property

24. The trek will be conducted on private property. All participants are reminded of the common courtesies demanded in the bush.  They are:

  • gates are to be left as found
  • remove all litter
  • do not cut vegetation
  • respect flora, fauna, and stock, and
  • extinguish unattended fires.

Fuel and Repairs

25. Fuel and repairs including repair of punctures are available from the Angorichina Village on a debit card held by the Commanderp or the Camp Commandant.

Post Trek De-briefing

26. A post trek de-briefing for staff and participants will be held on the last night of the trek at Alpana shearers’ quarters.

Communications

27. Communication to and from Alpana shearers’ quarters is by land line telephone. The number is listed below.  This is to be used for incoming calls in an emergency only.  Mobile phones do not operate in the trek area.  Channel 3 CB through the local repeater station may be utilized for communications when in the bush or by simplex channels on CB radio.

Contact Numbers

28. The contact details are listed below:

  • Moose Dunlop OAM 0408 088 886  moose@trojanstrek.com
  • Phil Quin 0456 650 576   pquin66@gmail.com
  • Paul Wilton POC 0435 780 237   paul@trojanstrek.com
  • Alpana Homestead; Sally 86484626
  • Leigh Creek Police 86752004or 131444 for police assistance
  • Hawker Hospital 84684007
  • Angorichina Village 86484842
  • RFDS Pt Augusta 86422044  24 hour medical advice

    Media/Publicity
    29. A media release will be issued prior to the commencement of the Trek. Enquiries will be handled in the first instance by the Commander, Moose Dunlop.

    Public Liability
    30. The Trek is covered by the Trojan’s Trek public liability policy

    Post-Trek report
    31. the report on Trojan’s Trek 200 will be available by 21 Oct 2022.

    Return
    32. All participants will return to Keswick Barracks Café on Friday 23 Sep at approximately 1530 hrs. Post trek nibbles and drinks will be available, partners are encouraged to attend.  Members will be free to depart from that location to link with transport.  Interstate members should aim to depart from the airport that evening, but not before 1800 hrs.  Those unable to link with transport on Friday will be accommodated at Keswick Barracks. Please advise the POC Paul, if accommodation is required.

  • 33. Visitors intending to visit the project are requested to seek approval from the Operations Director, Moose Dunlop on 0408 088 886 prior to 9 Sep 22Conclusion
    34. Trekkers are encouraged to attend the trek with an open mind. The opportunity to meet and share experiences with other individuals in a similar position is unique.  For a small-time investment, trekkers have the opportunity to make a new start in life and enhance relationships.

    Further information
    If you have any questions, please call Paul or Moose :

    Paul Wilton
    paul@trojanstrek.com
    Mobile 0435 780 237

    Moose Dunlop
    moose@trojanstrek.com
    Mobile: 0408 088 886

    Moose, signature

    Moose Dunlop OAM
    Operations Director
    20 Jan 2022

    Distribution List:
    Web
    Board Members
    Staff
    Graham Parks
    Alpana Station

    For Information:
    Veterans SA
    SA Police Association
    SA Ambulance Employees Association
    CFS Volunteer Associaton
    Nicoli Ackland CFS

    Annex A.
    Personal and Medical Information

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