“Groupcheck” Checkpoint

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“Groupcheck!”

No I am not yelling at you in a foreign language. I am telling you to check yourself off on the roster.

Nobody wants to be forgotten on the trail.

If you are trail driving for a large group it is nearly impossible to remember who you have seen and when was the last time you saw them. That is why we create a “groupcheck” point. If you are moving with a new team, remind them the night before that they will need to check in for their own safety. As they are running, and you will literally be yelling at them and pointing towards the clipboard “groupcheck,” I often remind people it’s spelled as one word because every ONE needs to do it in the group.

There are no exceptions – everyone in the group has to check in on a tally board before they sit down. This is usually a pre-made roster on a clipboard that also has the check point number on it. If I have 10 checkpoints I will make 10 rosters.

I will frequently set a watch or some other time mechanism so they can see the time that they passed on that checkpoint. If you have a specifically spirited crew it will also let them know how far ahead or behind they are of another team member.  At the end of the day that team will want to look at their checkpoint times because it is also a fairly rudimentary way to track their time. And we all know athletes have a specifically intimate relationship with time.

If you have teams that are large you will also need a Lag Driver that works the rear of the athletes to make sure that no one is left behind.

If you are lucky enough to be able to have your team all together, you will get to have more time on the trail, and less time searching and managing the trail.

By the way “groupcheck” is best yelled, and even better when it’s yelled in a foreign dialect.

Trail well.

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