TROUBLE seems to follow the Bendigo Bushwalking and Outdoor Club wherever they walk.
But the group, which formed in 2008 out of the Bendigo Alpine and Bendigo Outdoor clubs, are more than prepared to deal with emergency situations.
The club has been involved in a number of life-saving incidents in the past five years.
The first was a helicopter rescue in 2009, after one of the group broke his ankle in the rugged Western Arthurs in south west Tasmania.
A few years later, a couple returning from a club-organised trip to Cape Liptrap stopped off at Venus Bay and were caught up in a rescue of a swimmer from the surf.
They helped administer CPR to the man, saving his life.
The person just happened to be from Bendigo as well, and a good friendship has developed as a consequence.
Then, late last year, club members were hiking at Mount Bogong when a person needed to be winched to safety by helicopter after suffering a broken ankle while skiing.
"It’s quite exciting," Bendigo Bushwalking and Outdoor Club president Bev Omerod said.
"At times it offers its challenges.
"People from the group have experienced everything from the sublime to the ridiculous at times with this group."
The club has about 60 active members.
Activities range from one-day hikes around Victoria, to kayaking, cycling, white water rafting, and longer camping hiking tours.
Bev's husband just returned from an 18-day trip to the Flinders Ranges.
"It was a bit like Burke and Wills," Bev said.
"They drove to certain places, dug a hole and buried food and water, then went to a further point and walked back to it.
"It's one of those groups that you only get involved if you have the time to.
"We make opportunities for people to come and enjoy the bush and there's no pressure to come on any trip.
"But people can if they have the time and the fitness levels."
Bev said, for obvious reasons, first aid is a high priority for club members.
"On the walks, we several people to be trained in first aid so lots of help is available if needed."
Club member Garry Brannan said the group offered more than just bushwalking.
He particularly loved getting away from the city for a couple of days.
"I prefer multi-day stuff were you go somewhere really remote and set up camp," he said.
"It's magical to listen to rain on tent, see the stars at night, or get up with torch and find a sugar glider in the trees."
He said he loved the diverse of club members, which often led to excellent campfire conversations.
"The club itself is an eclectic bunch of people," he said.
"It doesn't matter what the topic, somebody will know a lot about it.
"We have people from all walks of life and a lot of life experience.
"There have been some fantastic discussions around a campfire in the middle of nowhere.
"It's very amicable and a great bunch of people."
Mr Brannan said his most memorable walk actually hadn't involved a rescue of some sort.
He said walking across the main range of Mount Kosciuszko and standing at the highest point of Australia was a moment he will cherish.
"It was great to stand at the top of Australia and look around with nothing else higher than you," he said.