*** NOTE: Unfortunately this year’s Backcountry Festival is unable to be held at Mount Hotham due to extended COVID-19 restrictions.
The Mansfield Emergency Service Expo on Sunday 13 October 2019 provided an opportunity to meet local Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, SES and BSAR members.
Where: Botanic Park, Mansfield
BSAR provided three skill shares at the Backcountry Festival at Mount Hotham on September 7 and 8 2019.
The festival is a grassroots, volunteer run event which aims to provide a safe place for new skiers and riders to explore beyond the ski runs while also providing a gathering for the backcountry tribe.
The program had 28 sessions on offer covering everything from cross country and tele skiing, split boarding, alpine touring, to avalanche safety, snow shoeing and fat tyre bikes.
It will be 2 years since Jim Grelis passed away on 7th June 2017. His loss is still felt deeply by family members and friends but he still lives on in our hearts. To honour his memory, join us on one of Jim’s favourite events: The Albert Parkrun, Melbourne.
I will be representing BSAR at the Backcountry Ski Festival at Falls Creek this weekend 1 – 2 September.
BSAR members participating are free to wear BSAR safety clothing if they wish.
The program on Saturday includes intros to telemarking, backcountry snow shoe tours, snow camping, navigation and beacon searching with tours in the afternoon
The program on Sunday includes resort skiing (you’ll need a lift ticket) and 4-5 hour backcountry tours.
I hope to see you there!
Regards, Peter Campbell
Convener, Bush Search and Rescue Victoria
BSAR searchers and other emergency services workers directly involved in the search for Luke Shambrook over Easter were thanked in State Parliament on Wednesday 22 April by Premier Daniel Andrews, the Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett and Luke’s parents. The thanks for our efforts was warmly appreciated.