There are a number of reasons to become a Trip Leader:
- Respect. The majority of participants appreciate the opportunity to go to the mountains. Any skills taught, knowledge shared and encouragement given does not often go unnoticed.
- Trip Coordinators were once novices and got to where they are with the help of other individuals that can roughly be categorized as Trip Leaders. Organizing a trip is a way of returning the favour
- All the trips on the Calendar generally fill quickly. Better to lead a trip than stay at home watching TV.
- The Trip Leader can define the trip. The Trip Leader chooses the destination, the pace and the style. For example, the Trip Leader can choose fast and light, or slower with better food and more time to take pictures. The Trip Leader selects the participants and should select the participants based on making the trip a success. This means that a Trip Leader needs to define a minimum allowable skill level and is in no way required to select novices. In fact, there is no reason the Trip Leader must be the most skilled individual on the trip and can recruit more skilled participants than themselves. This strategy combines all of the above benefits in addition to giving themselves the opportunity to gain greater knowledge through interacting with more experienced members.
June 9, 2015