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Code of Conduct

All Mountain Backpackers' Club members are bound by the following Code of Conduct:

  1. Participation in a Club hike is a privilege rather than a right, the safety and wellbeing of participants is a priority and it is a leader's prerogative to accept, discourage or deny a hiker's participation on the grounds of poor or unknown fitness, poor health or inadequate / inappropriate equipment.
  2. Acceptance for participation in an official Club hike should be seen as a binding commitment unless exceptional circumstances (e.g. sudden ill-health) determine otherwise.
  3. The leader's instructions must be followed at all times, and the cheerful cooperation of members is expected. If instructions appear unclear or ambiguous, the leader should be asked to clarify them to avoid misunderstanding.
  4. For everybody's safety, NO-ONE may walk ahead of the leader or leave the main party except with the leader's express knowledge and permission. Members must take their cue from the leader at all times and not follow other members.
  5. The Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Mountain Register (where applicable) and the Club's own Hike Register, COVID-19 register and Indemnity Form must be properly completed by all participants with all the necessary information supplied, including any medical problems, in advance of the hike.
  6. The natural environment, including fauna and flora, is to be treated with the greatest respect at all times. Short-cuts that may cause or increase erosion must be avoided. Flowers may not be picked and nothing may be removed.
  7. Rock art can degrade and is damaged by even the slightest interference, including skin oils, and thus must not be touched, wetted or damaged in any way whatsoever.  Certain sites may only be visited in the presence of an Amafa-accredited Rock Art Custodian.
  8. Members must treat personal and private property of fellow hikers and land owners with respect. Any damage must be reported with a reparation plan immediately.
  9. Everyone's personal space must be respected. Members are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, considerate manner towards fellow hikers.
  10. All rubbish - including cigarette butts, matchsticks, candle wax, fruit peels, cans, empty gas cylinders and food wrappers - must be carried out of the hike area and disposed of properly. Rubbish may not be buried. Any item(s) that has been carried on a hike, must be brought back from the hike.
  11. Human waste and toilet paper must be properly buried, out in the open, away from paths, at least 50m from bodies of water, streams, caves and overhangs. The same applies to cooked left-overs where these cannot be carried out of the hike area.
  12. Campfires are not permitted anywhere in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site.
  13. The Club is represented by its members who are therefore expected to conduct themselves in a dignified, respectful and friendly manner at all times and especially in their dealings with third parties such as parks officials.

By clicking on the link to register on-line you are agreeing to abide by the Club rules and I understand that, should I not abide by the Mountain Backpackers' Club Code of Conduct, after being given a warning, the Executive Committee can cancel my membership with no refund of any fees paid by me.

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