Best wishes to Chris Sewell

Chris SewellBSAR 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.

Search for Brumby Hunter near Davies Plain

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.

First Aid Subsidy

First Aid scenario during the October Training Weekend 2009BSAR 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]



Battery Review

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.

Search at Point Nepean

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.

Discounted Cactus Climbing Equipment and SPOT satellite messenger available

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:

Mobile: 0488 477 271

October issue of Behind the Log out now

 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.

Search for missing photographer near Cambarville

On Sunday 27th September, 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 Equipment Borrowing

Garmin Vista HCxGPSs 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 Jim Grelis on 0400 999 445.

Stephen Venables' "Himalayan Odyssey" Tour, Sept. 17th

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.

Venue: Elizabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Melbourne

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