|On Fyans Loop - seven of the green-shirted trainee sherpas|
and Ros in a TrailRider for the first time ever
There were 17 people in the room when John handed out the folders and the special green T shirts and hats and spoke about the responsibilities of a Parks Victoria volunteer. I am not quite clear how many became registered volunteers - six were from the community, one even from Melbourne, but quite a number of Parks Rangers were also learning to sherpa.
The vital centre of the session was the practical try out.There were two TrailRiders - the Grampians chair and the one we brought from Ballarat - and two very experienced sherpas - John Kenwright and Rodney Brooke.This meant that all the trainees got some close and expert practical education as we did the short version of the Fyans Trail loop.
For me the highlight was Ros' first ever time as a rider! We can't believe that neither of us has thought of this before but I imagine that having two chairs and such a fantastic sherpa team has something to do with it! Check her out in this short video
I want to introduce you to the Graduates but that will be a second post. In the meantime the important thing to say is that there will be a second session in the September time frame and that Katherine Dyson is co-ordinating the register of sherpas.