How to organize your expedition #1
When, Why, How, Who
First of all, you need to know where you want to go and if you have the means. Going it alone or in a team, to the other end of the world or to a nearby region, climbing a mountain or crossing a continent, and how much time do you want to devote to this adventure: a month, a year? The list isn't exhaustive, that's why you must be able to define what you want to achieve, with whom, and why these particular people.
What is the purpose of the expedition? What will this expedition do for you on a personal level, and what impact will it have on the outside world? Remember to write it all down on paper and be aware that the longer the list is, the more difficult it will be to achieve your objectives. Do you want to get the word out about your adventure, if yes, how? Through photos, in a film or a book…Successfully defining the purpose of the expedition is essential to be able, in the end, to ask yourself, objectively and honestly: Are we capable of doing this? No purpose is served by imagining some sort of fantastic expedition if, after a couple of days, your body and/or your mind fail(s) you. Talk it up, with people who know you, or with others seasoned in the field in order to take stock. Whatever your objectives are, you have to prioritize them in such a way as to be able to ask yourself: what is the objective of my expedition ... so that, no matter what happens, you will always have this objective centrally in focus. Everything else is secondary. Consult the team members who will accompany you and do not hesitate to ask around.
Finally, you need to get down to the organization of your project as to its duration, participants and cost. There is always a tendency to idealize the organizational side, often forgetting that it takes more time than expected. Get on it as soon as possible; specifying precisely each individual's role is a priority. According to Phil Norris, an American adventures guide, "good organization facilitates the preparation and the cohesion of the group." Cohesion is important; good communication within the team enables the overcoming of difficulties once on site.
Source: ESCAPE / Free Press STP