The October 2009 edition of our newsletter Behind the Log is out now. This edition contains details on the Feathertop search, the winter steep snow and ice practice earlier this year and our upcoming October training event.
On Sunday 27th September 2009, a 60 year old amateur photographer from Warburton was reported missing after going for a walk near Cambarville, in the hills behind Warburton.
During the night, VicPol SAR requested the assistance of Bush Search and Rescue. A team of 17 searchers departed Northcote early Monday morning but was turned around when the missing man reported to search organisers at Cambarville. According to media sources, he became lost while taking a shortcut through forest and found his own way out shortly after first light.
GPS and Avalanche Transceivers can be borrowed by BSAR members for up to two weeks at a time. This allows members to become familiar with the equipment in their own time.
To borrow a GPS unit, please contact and equipment officer.
The New Zealand Alpine Club, with the help of the Melbourne Melbourne University Mountaineering Club and Bogong Equipment, will host one of the world’s most distinguished mountaineers when it welcomes British climber and author Stephen Venables to Australia in September.
Minister found. A search for Victorian Water Minister, Tim Holding MLA in the vicinity of Mount Feathertop concluded successfully when a news helicopter located Minister Holding on Tuesday morning (1/9).
The Police helicopter winched him out and flew him to search base at Bright where he arrived at 10:55am.
Bush Search and Rescue Victoria assisted Police Search and Rescue with the search. Ten BSAR members departed Melbourne 9am Monday morning and traveled to Bright to join the search. The searchers from Melbourne joined fifteen local BSAR members already at the search location, bringing total BSAR members active in this search to 25.
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.
31 May 2009
BSAR attended the search for a young boy at Gormandale on the weekend. Gormandale is south of Traralgon. The 3 year old went missing late on Saturday afternoon. Overnight, the Police, SES and CFA volunteers searched for the boy.
April 11, 2009 – 10:32AM
Police Search and Rescue teams and the Air Wing combed Victoria’s Alpine National Park for a 38-year-old missing woman. Friends said the woman, from Lara, southwest of Melbourne, was reported missing at about 7pm on April 10 after she failed to meet up with a walking group.
Continue reading “Missing Victorian walker in the North East found, April 2009”
Here’s some tips provided by Frank Zgoznik for using the Garmin Vista HCx
Map Limits on the GPS
The garmin units have a limit of 2024 maps. So not all the OZ topo maps will fit on the GPS.
I found that I could install all the City Navigator maps (MetroGuide is your equivalent), all the Tracks4Australia 1.20 maps but only the eastern half of Australia using the OZTopoMaps10m.
Technical details here: http://freegeographytools.com/2007/garmin-microsd-card-tricks
It is indeed a tragic time for those affected by these bushfires. The Board of Bushwalking Victoria have already agreed to make an immediate donation on behalf of its members as a start. Further support is still under discussion.
In the meantime, I contacted Police Search and Rescue on Monday Feb 9 to offer BSAR’s support to fire relief efforts.
Continue reading “BSAR support for bushfire situation – message from Monica Chapman, Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Convenor”