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Q: What is the difference between a practice journey and a qualifying journey?
A: It is a requirement of the award to undertake at least one practice journey before the qualifying journey. The aim of the practice journey is to provide you with enough experience to enable you to plan and undertake your qualifying journey safely and with confidence.
Practice journeys cannot travel over the same route as the planned qualifying journey, but should be must be similar to the planned qualifying journey in:
Q: I would like complete Cradle Mountain's Overland track but it's organised through an adventure tour company. Does this meet the requirements? Also, for my practice journey can I complete a trail on Mount Dandenong?
A: You may lose some of the organisational and leadership aspects of the requirements if the trip has mostly been organised for you. To meet the requirements, you could add an 'exploration' component by completing a national parklands survey, or a flora and fauna study. Your practice journey needs to practice the skills you will need for the qualifying journey, so the same type and length of journey is required as practice.
Q: It's hard for me to organise an expedition type activity.
A: Exploration activities are an alternative consideration for people who have trouble accessing the wilderness for the expedition type activities. In an exploration, the main focus is to observe and collect information relevant to the purpose. Example exploration activities: a cultural or historical trip, archaeological expedition, orienteering, a scientific survey.
Q: Who can be my hiking assessor?
A: Below are 3 suggestions:
Q: There is a conference I would like to attend but it's only for 2 nights.
A: You can use this as part of the activity and add a further 2 nights from another event. However the second event must be linked to the initial event in some way. For example the second event could be with the same organisation and/or it could be the same subject matter, such as leadership skills, conservation awareness, etc.