BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training at The Razorback, September 2014

We held our Steep Snow and Ice training this year amidst spectacular scenery on The Razorback on 5 to 7 September 2014.

The training covered roping up, travelling roped, using a z-pulley with the new MPD, avalanche rescue using transceivers, shovels and probes, climbing with ice axe and crampons, low angle haul of the sked and some skiing and snow shoeing.  Twenty 23 members attended.

We had a wonderful view of the sunset from our camp near Diamantina Hut.

We thank Victoria Police Search and Rescue and Transport Branch and Mount Hotham Resort Management for their support of this training event.

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Ideal training conditions

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Setting up a seat belay

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Self arrest

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Ice climbing with crampons

Ice climbing with crampons

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

On top of the ice climb

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Hauling the z-pulley

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

The new Multi  Purpose Device (MPD)

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Sunset and our snow kitchen

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Setting up the sked

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Low angle haul

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Digging out using the “V shaped shovelling pattern”

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Using avalanche probes

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Booting out

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

Skiing the Razorback with the Fainters and Mt Bogong in the background

2014 BSAR Steep Snow and Ice training on the Razorback

The crew

Training organisers: Eric Krista, Peter Campbell