Pioneers of Bushwalking Exhibition

The Pioneers of Bushwalking exhibition was officially launched on Monday, 24 October 2011 by Tim Holding MP, Shadow Treasurer during this year’s History Week celebrations. The exhibition is a collection of stunning images and artefacts that explore the fascinating history of the Melbourne Walking Club and some of the remarkable achievements of its members.

Past Bush Search and Rescue member Stuart Brookes features in one of the photographs.

The exhibition runs until Friday, 9 December 2011. Entry is free.

  • Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000
  • When: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
  • More details: [link]

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

A SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is specifically designed for remote area communcations and works in conjunction with a satellite communication system, for which an annual subscription (currently US$110 pa) is required.

Spot 3

SPOTS have the following functions:

  • SOS: For a life threatening or other critical emergency. Notifies emergency services of your GPS location and that you need assistance. It is equivalent to activating a Personal Locator Beacon (when there is a threat of grave or imminent danger).
  • Help: For a non-life threatening emergency, this function is used to notify your personal contacts that you need assistance using a preset message.
  • Check-in/OK: Let your friends and family know via email or SMS that all is OK with a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location. Messages are sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. 
  • Custom Message: Allows you to let your friends and family now receive a custom message along with your GPS location with a push of a button. 
  • Track Progress: Sends and saves your location and allow contacts to track your progress in near real time using Google Maps.  This feature requires an additional subscription fee to the annual subscription.

Behind The Log newsletter for October 2011 available

The October 2011 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf).  Articles include:

  • Searches at Tomahawk Hut and Mount Erica
  • Mt Feathertop fatal accident
  • Steep Snow and Ice training weekend
  • Notes for the upcoming November 19-20 BSAR Training Weekend 

Trip intentions website

A Trip Intentions website is now available for people who would like to submit their trip intentions online via email to designated contact people.  This site provides a quick and easy way to advise your nominated contacts about details of your trip - and when to "raise the alarm" if you don't return by your specified date.  

Some information on distress beacons and what do to do if you get lost is also provided.


Tomahawk Hut cold case search with dogs, October 2011

Four BSAR members assisted Police for three days from 17 to 19 October 2011 in the continuing search for David Prideaux around Tomahawk Hut.  PLO Merv Trease had received a request for four BSAR members, to act as navigators for a search effort utilising dog handlers with their dogs from the Department of Corrections and the Police Dog Squad.  Police selected some higher and flatter areas north of Tomahawk Hut as more likely deer stalking areas for more intensive searching.  Operating in three person search teams with a dog, these areas were swept at 50 to 100m intervals.  No trace of David Prideaux was found.

Duncan Brookes, Field Organiser

(Thanks to the Corrections Victoria personnel depicted, and VicPol for permission to publish these photos)

Sausage sizzle for BSAR by the Prideaux family

Joanne Prideaux with her family and friends kindly organised as sausage sizzle at Bunning Sunbury on 2 September 2011 to raise funds for Bush Search and Rescue.    Joanne organised this to thank BSAR for its recent efforts in the search for David Prideaux at Tomahawk Creek near Mt Stirling.

Battery packs for phones

Mobile phones can be very useful for communications on trips and on searches.  However, many phone batteries will go flat after a day or two of use.   Small battery packs are available that can be used to recharge a mobile phone using either AA or AAA batteries.  They can also double up as a charging device when connected via USB lead to a computer or USB wall charger.


Duncan Brookes

The BTL editor put some questions to Duncan Brookes, Field Organiser with Bush Search and Rescue.

What was your introduction to bushwalking?
I grew up in an environment of bushwalkers as both my parents were keen bushwalkers.  I can recall going on VMTC family base camps from a very young age.  My first VMTC day walk was when I was about 8yo, up Mt Riddell.
How did you get involved in BSAR?
My father Stuart was a founding member of “The Search and Rescue Section”, as it was then called, and he was an FO.  As a youngster I recall him going off to practice weekends and searches so I always knew of “search and rescue”.  I joined when I was 18 in 1972.  My first search was in 1974 at Stevensons Falls.  Stuart was my group leader.  Peter Dunbar the FO presumably thought that was a good idea at the time.

Skier's body found on Mount Feathertop - BSAR alert cancelled

A body of skier has been located on Mount Feathertop in the vicinity of Avalanche Gully on Wednesday 24 August 2011. 

The BSAR Alert for a possible Steep Snow and Ice call-out has now been cancelled.

A police helicopter recovered the man's body around 6.00pm.

Search for 13 year old girl at Mt Erica resolved

The missing girl has been found alive. The second callout has been cancelled. Thanks to all who have been involved or who had volunteered for the second callout.

Merv Trease, Police Liaison

Bush Search and Rescue teams with Police Search and Rescue located the missing girl on Sunday afternoon north west of Mt Erica, about 3 kilometers from Mushroom Rocks, after tracking her footprints though the snow for some time.  She was immediately evacuated by the Police Air Wing helicopter and is now recovering from her ordeal.

Peter Campbell, Field Organiser.

Bush Search and Rescue searchers at dawn after night searching

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