Trip Leaders are not professional guides, but rather experienced members who organize mountain-related trips. These trips happen both in town and in the mountains. A basic level of competency is required to become a Trip Leader, but there is no standard for technical skills outside of standard first aid. However, Trip Leaders are initially vetted by the Chair of the related trip committee, e.g. ski Leaders are vetted by the Ski Committee Chair, etc. Occasionally, as a result of a significant lapse in a Trip Leader’s technical experience their ability to post trips may be removed until they are again vetted by an event committee chairperson. Committee chairs endeavour to monitor trips to assess the trip’s level of difficulty v.s. his assessment of the Leader’s skill level. Trip Leaders technical ability varies widely, as does the level of trips posted to the Event Calendar. Therefore, the Trip Leader is expected to only lead trips within their current ability. In short, anyone who has the ability to safely lead intended trips can become a Trip Leader. Please see also 3.3 below.
June 9, 2015