I have been spoiled where Sherpas are concerned. My young, fit, healthy and above all generous family have taken me to some extraordinary places. So this week in the Grampians, with total access to their TrailRider but only two "uprights" has been a novel experience. We have really, really needed to be able to tap into some kind of volunteer network.
|All dressed up and nowhere to go. Bellfield Reservoir|
with Sam,and Rachel taking the picture! For interesting
TrailRiding you need more than two Sherpas
In this region it turns out that Gilda McKechnie, the local Rural Access Worker has been putting up posters to solicit helpers but we didn't know in advance and there have only been three offers solicited anyway. We considered sneakily hijacking the crew who take Kelly out one a week (to her great delight!) and in the end have a generous offer from Blake at the Brambuk Cafe but it is all happenstance.
What is needed, statewide, is a network of fit outdoorsy types who love the idea of sometimes being a Sherpa, do it from time to time, learn the ropes, and who, above all can be contacted in advance by someone who is contemplating an outing.
This sounds like it needs a co-ordinator. Someone who would register volunteers, hook them up with some training and be a clearing house for Sherpa requests and availabilities. Is a day a week too little? Answering the phone or the email would be an always-open kind of thing.
Thoughts from readers on this topic would be incredibly valued