Golden Rule: Trail Guides must set a good example!

As a Trail Guide you are in a high visibility position. You are a role model for the rest of your group. Since Trail Guides are so important, there are many items that you need to be aware of:

  1. Give thought to your actions and words.
    1. You are the leader and role model for your group.
    2. Do your best to practice and teach all club guidelines and etiquette safely and professionally.
    3. Treat members of your group in a decent, fair and responsible manner.
    4. Watch your language.
    5. While humor and fun is a part of our hobby, try not to offend or ridicule anyone.
  2. Keep your vehicle and equipment in good working order.
  3. Safely follow all vehicle recovery procedures.
    1. Don’t take short cuts such as strapping when you should be winching.
  4. Have consideration for your group.
    1. When you park to spot at an obstacle, pull up far enough so there is room for the entire group – maybe they’ll get the hint, but if not, get on the radio and remind them to pull up.
    2. Show your group how to conquer an obstacle, but don’t be a cowboy about it. Know your limitations. Allow drivers (and yourself) three attempts or so, and then back off.
    3. Delays are frustrating for all. Stay in touch.
    4. Don’t forget lunch or wait until 1 or 2 PM before starting lunch. Hungry people get crabby.
    5. You are responsible, not only for getting people through the trail, but also for getting breakdowns off the trail if they cannot be fixed within the guidelines.
  5. You must be able to control individuals who choose not to follow guidelines or endanger others. You have the right to ask someone to straighten up or leave, but don’t be belligerent about it. Be polite and explain your reasons.
  6. You are responsible to landowners as well.
    1. Act within the guidelines of the property and respect any special rules they may have.
    2. Minimize unnecessary wheel spin and digging. If you’re not moving, stop churning. No excavating! If drivers see the Trail Guides do it, they will also.
    3. Keep an eye out to ensure minimal trail damage.
    4. Do not allow unnecessary tree cutting.
    5. Know your trail and the property owners.
  7. Try to make at least half the work weekends.
  8. If there is any doubt about who is in charge in case of a dispute or an emergency, here is the Two Rivers chain of authority:
    1. Board
    2. Trail Coordinator
    3. Trail Leader
    4. Trail Assistant

Keep a level head, stay cheerful and have FUN!