Sunday, January 2, 2011

SAR practice anyone?

This was how I spent Thursday night...
We had a great night out last night. We started in Grove Creek Canyon at 6pm. Starting temps were 18 degrees w/ slight breeze. Perfect conditions for an evening run. A 2.25 mile loop of tracks of a "lost" trail runner were put down to follow. Like usual, Troy busted a move on all. All but 1 made it back in the required 40 minute cut-off time. A quick knot review was done while waiting for Shaun to arrive. Shaun then spent 45 minutes teaching avalanche skills. An introduction to beacon use was done. We then headed to the Manilla Pond for some ice rescue training by PGFD. We used their inflatable boat and exposure suits to rescue a couple of victims not quite prepared for their 34 degree swim in the pond. Next, we headed to PGFD for a 30 minute lesson about hypothermia.
I am glad we got a few pictures of that night. That survival suit I am wearing was incredible. I am not to sure about the one size fits all but it worked for me and was so fun! It was about 13 degrees at this point but with the wind chill it felt like 0.
I get my pager, rope, webbing, and lots of other goodies Thursday night at the team meeting. Let the adventures start. I was bummed to not have my pager over the Holiday's. They had so many call outs I wish I could have gone on. They even got called out on the couple that went out Christmas day and didn't return. I am sure you heard about it on the news. It was a tragic story. Wish I could have participated though.

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