Search for missing photographer near Cambarville

Call-outOn 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.



Search at Mount Feathertop on Monday 31 August 2009

BSAR members en route to Mount Feathertop search

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.

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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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Garmin Vista HCx tips and tricks


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:

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BSAR support for bushfire situation – message from Monica Chapman, Bush Search and Rescue Victoria Convenor

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.
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