Friday, May 2, 2014

Meet the Graduates

Two TrailRiders and 10 green-shirted sherpas - from the left:
 Kriss, Richard, Gilda, Chris, Joanne, Graeme, Kim, Rodney,
Letitia and Claire. Tammy at the end is a ranger.
As you will know the first ever sherpa training session took place at the Grampians last month. Read more in this post

This is my chance to tell you more about them - to see the kind of folk that have considered doing this and for to figure out if you too might don a green shirt one day.

All told there were 10 graduates, people who would now be registered officially as Parks Victoria volunteers and trained to push (or pull)

To confuse things Ros and I both wanted green shirts. Katherine Dyson on the left co-ordinates the volunteers and Tammy at the other end is a Grampians ranger. Naomi rode the second chair.

Kriss says "I am a really keen rock climber and the amazing environment of the Grampians/Gariwerd is the reason that my wife and I chose to move here a few years ago. The TrailRider gives me a unique opportunity to share this amazing place and the experience it offers with more people"

Gilda and Graeme are married Gilda is RuralAccess coordinator for Central Grampians, loves walking in the area and is very happy to share this experience as a Sherpa. Graeme has worked on rebuilding tracks in the Grampians and has extensive knowledge of the area, including fauna and flora.

Rodney and Joanne are also married.  Joanne became involved with the TrailRider in 2011 when Rodney and she went to the Grampians with Ros, Dave and their family and were part of an epic trip to Boronia Peak. They live at Burnbank (50km north west of Ballarat). Rodney is a mechanical engineer. Interests - Anything mechanic always had a desire to assist aged and disabled persons(both personally and  in employment capacity)- to share in the magical place where we live.   The TrailRiders are such a great innovative way to do this.

Claire loves being in the great out doors and experiencing beautiful places ... It gives her a sense of peace and perspective. It will be amazing to be part of a team to enable others to experience this too.
al, grape growing, wine growing / making, walking, motorcycling, sailing and snowboarding (!) 

Chris says "I am a retiree and a member of a bushwalking club and would be delighted to share my love of the outdoors with people who are unable to do so without assistance"

Kim lives next to the Grampians, Pomonal, and has


  1. My obligatory comment to change the computer screen "No comments" sign. if you are a phone user you get a much more helpful prompt

  2. Congrats to all the sherpas and thank you. Your lives will be changed as you change the lives of many who'll love you for it. Seeing the expressions on the riders faces is incredible..... for this reason we take videos because you can't always see this when sherpa-ing. Hearing the laughter gets us all going as does listening to the chatter and communication even of our non-verbal riders. Enjoy the experience and let the adventures begin :) CC

    1. I love the video idea. What a great momento for the rider to take home too.

      From the rider's point of view one of the pleasures too is to listen to the Sherpas as they work out how to tackle the track. Communication is such an important part of this team project.

  3. This is great!! wish i could be a volunteer too! x


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