*** NOTE: Unfortunately this year’s Backcountry Festival is unable to be held at Mount Hotham due to extended COVID-19 restrictions.
Bush Search and Rescue members with steep snow and ice skills attended a “dryland” training day in Melbourne to learn some theory and practice steep snow and ice skills including using avalanche transceivers (in South Surrey Park), roping techniques, equipment review and stretcher rigging and hauling using a z-pulley system. Participants were also trained on our latest radio technology.
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.
Bush Search and Rescue’s steep snow and ice training was conducted at Mount Hotham in good winter snow conditions on the 18-19 August 2009. The focus this year was training with our new avalanche transceivers followed by recreational rescue techniques including z-pulleys and self arrest. The weather was overcast and windy on both Saturday and Sunday.Continue reading “Steep snow and ice training Mount Hotham 2009”
Bush Search and Rescue’s annual Steep Snow and Ice training was held on Mount Buller’s West Ridge on the 19 & 20 July 2008.
On Saturday we ascended the ridge in overcast conditions to a high campsite in the snow, then spent the afternoon reviewing and practicing skills including safe travel in steep snow and/or ice terrain. We traversed Mt Buller’s north east flank.