Linda, a current and active BSAR member, and her husband Rob Rigato successfully skied to the North Pole in April this year after a strenuous 55 days. At the North Pole they were helicopered out to the Russian Barneo Station and from there on to Svalbard, Norway by the last plane for the season. Linda becomes the first Australian woman to have skied from the edge of the land to the North Pole, and the first to have done the same trip to the north and south poles.
With the recent good snow falls and the upcoming training weekend, here's a good article that covers efficient snow removal when finding persons after an avalanche.
The June 2010 issue of our newsletter Behind the Log is out now. This edition contains details on our recent searches as well as our upcoming training event.
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.
BSAR extends their best wishes to Chris Sewell for a full recovery from a recent car accident. Chris, a current member and a former Field Organiser, sustained serious neck injuries in a car accident on his way back to Melbourne from an exploratory trip in the far north.
A brumby hunter, reported missing and last seen on Friday 20 Nov 09 at 7pm near Davies Plain in the high plains near the Vic NSW border, has now been found. BSAR searchers searched in the area after arriving on Sunday afternoon.
Field Organiser Rik Head advised that 12 BSAR searchers stayed out in the bush on Sunday night. Some of the search terrain in this very remote area was difficult due to vegetation regrowth after the 2003 alpine bushfires.
The search command post was 8 kms from the search area. Travel between the two locations was provided by 4WDs fitted with chains due to wet slippery tracks.
A second callout on Sundary for BSAR searchers resulted in an addtional 23 searchers arriving on Monday morning at search base.
BSAR offers a $40 subsidy members for completing a Level 2 first aid course or higher.
This is in addition to the $25 subsidy offered by Bushwalking Victoria.
You can apply for a first aid subsidy using [this form]
A number of batteries commonly found on supermarket shelves and hardware stores in Australia were recently put to the test in the Garmin Vista HCx GPS units commonly used by BSAR. Fresh batteries were purchased in packs of 4 and the standard price noted per battery. Batteries were placed in a GPS unit. The unit was turned on and operated such that it displayed the Main Menu screen. The GPS unit was placed on a shelf at room temperature.
A 42 year old female has been reported missing at Point Nepean National Park. BSAR is assisting with this search. A limited numbers callout was conducted via SMS and email. BSAR searchers departed Northcote 06.00 Thurs 29 Oct 09.
Update: This search was successfully concluded the same day. The person was found in the nearby town. The photo below shows the BSAR team that attended on the day.
Andy Reynolds, an active BSAR member, is now stocking Cactus Climbing Equipment clothing and gear. He is also an authorised seller of SPOT satellite messenger. Andy is offering BSAR and BSAR members this gear at discounted prices. The range of cactus rucksacks and gear is particularly suitable to searching needs.
You can contact him as follows: