Steep snow and ice training 2011

Two separate training sessions for steep snow and ice rescue training were held this year – a dryland training day covering theory and some off-snow exercises, and a weekend at Mount Stirling where we focussed on steep snow and ice rescue skills in an alpine environment.

For the weekend at Mount Stirling, we departed from Green Street Northtcote on Friday night (8 July 2011) and camped at Mansfield overnight to get an early start on Saturday.  The Police bus dropped us at Telephone Box Junction on Mount Stirling, then we skied up to our campsite at Bluff Spur Hut.

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Interested in increasing your radio knowledge? Become a radio amateur

Amateur Radio Victoria, via Robert Bloomfield (a WIA trainer/assessor) at the Eastern & Mountain District Radio Club Inc, is offering Bush Search and Rescue members free training to become a Foundation class Radio Amateur.

This would significantly increase your radio skills and allow access to the wide world of amateur radio.  Efficient use of radios is an important part of searching.

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Steep snow and ice dryland training day, July 2010

Bush Search and Rescue members with steep snow and ice skills attended a “dryland” training day in Melbourne to learn some theory and practice steep snow and ice skills including using avalanche transceivers (in South Surrey Park), roping techniques, equipment review and stretcher rigging and hauling using a z-pulley system. Participants were also trained on our latest radio technology.

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2010 winter training including steep snow and ice

The BSAR Training Weekend is was held at Mt Hotham on 24-25 July. Melbourne members travelling to Bright on the Friday night, then met with members from Gippsland and the North East at JB Plain.

This year Steep Snow and Ice (SSI) training was concurrently with the Winter Search Training on the Saturday followed by combined training on the Sunday in the JB Plain area, which was also where we camped overnight.

The weekend was very successful with participants gaining new skills or reinforcing existing skills. At total of 51 participants attended, with 21 being new to BSAR.

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Steep snow and ice training Mount Hotham 2009

BSAR steep snow and ice training at Mount Hotham 2009

Bush Search and Rescue’s steep snow and ice training was conducted at Mount Hotham in good winter snow conditions on the 18-19 August 2009.  The focus this year was training with our new avalanche transceivers followed by recreational rescue techniques including z-pulleys and self arrest.  The weather was overcast and windy on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Brisbane Ranges training weekend, September 2008

Date: 6 and 7 September 2008

Fifty Bush Search and Rescue members and prospective members participated in the recent training weekend, an excellent response given the clash with a very good snow season and Father’s Day.

As is now “traditional” for our off-snow training, on Saturday we joined the VRA’s 12 hour rogaine. Rogaining is the ideal training for our members as it is such a close match to what is expected during a search; accurate off track navigation in a small group.

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Steep snow & ice training Mount Buller 2008

Bush Search and Rescue’s annual Steep Snow and Ice Practice was held on Mount Buller’s West Ridge on the 19 & 20 July 2008.

On Saturday we travelled in a Police bus to the base of the Mount Buller’s West Ridge.  We ascended followed the route to the West Ridge in overcast conditions to a high campsite in the snow on ridge, then spent the afternoon reviewing and practice skills including safe travel in steep snow and/or ice terrain.   We traversed under the frozen waterfalls on Mt Bullers North East face.

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