Just my experience about learning today, and some minor suggestions (as a new guy).
Good initial brief. Tons of relevant info. Straps and vehicle kit and recovery tips...tools. Really good to learn from guys who have done this for far longer than I have. In addition to that now I'm trolling Amazon and similar to pick up some gear that might be good for my rig. Super good group, tons of fun and wow we had a blast. In addition to all the new stuff I need I now want an RC crawler. Overall a very well planned out and great experience led by some seasoned folks, I felt very comfortable knowing if something went wrong folks with lots of institutional knowledge would be there to assist.
When I mention suggestions please take this in the best light possible. Or, shit can it as not necessary.
Initial brief was great. Maybe some suggestions
- Call signs for (minimum) trail leader and rear vehicle. Otherwise, this is Phil in the 4 Runner, I mean in a large group that's tough.
- ID the nearest medical facility, distance and direction or at least a route if a major incident occurs (also contact info via voice, sat, whatever for emergency services)
- I had a trauma kit in my rig (not to be confused with a boo boo first aid kit) but maybe ID who has that. Tourniquets, Quikclot, et al. You can bleed out in minutes, trauma kits are great to have. North American Rescue has good stuff.
- Identify Primary and Alternate comms freq or channel. We ran into some crossover, would have been good to drop to alternate freq which was previously identified. Also see who has Sat devices or Sat phones (I have both) in case we need to reach out to emergency services.
- Some form of accountability. Maybe it's taking a roll call prior to (which I did see folks counting vehicles) but also a text or some other form of comms to check out so everyone is accounted for even if they punch out early. Maybe it's over the top but just to ensure everyone is safe.
Take it or leave it. I'm low man on totem pole and had an EXCELLENT experience, but thought to toss out some ideas.