Steep Snow and Ice alpine training was held on 29-30 July 2017 at Mount Buller.
The training included travelling in alpine environments, snow and ice safety, rescue techniques, using crampons and ice axes, holding falls when roped and a demonstration of haulage equipment for steep terrain.
Our thanks to Mount Buller CFA for allowing us to use their facility and dodge the very strong winds that came in on Saturday Night.
Thanks also to the Mount Buller Ski Patrol for their support and hospitality.
Steep Snow and Ice alpine training was held on 29-31 July 2016 at Bogong Village/Falls Creek in cold and wet conditions. The training included travelling in alpine environments, snow and ice safety, rescue techniques, using crampons and ice axes and sled haulage on steep terrain.
A Dryland Training Day on Sunday 19 July 2015 at Police SAR in Williamstown. Topics covered included steep snow and ice terrain awareness, roping up, stretcher setup and hauling and avalanche transceiver theory and practice
A Steep Snow and Ice training weekend at JB Plain on 24 – 26 July 2015. Exercises over the two days included self-arresting, setting up snow belays and a z-pulley haul using an MPD (which replaces a Jumar, pulley and abseil device used in the previous setup), rescues using avalanche transceivers and probing followed by digging out a simulated buried patient. A simulated search was also conducted near JB Plain. The simulated lost person was found and evacuated using a sked to haul them back to the camping site.
The weather was poor, snowing at times with occasional strong wind gusts.
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.
The 2013 steep snow and ice rescue training was conducted over two weekends, the first day on Sunday 18 August was a Dryland session at the Police SAR Williamstown compound. The second day, at Mount Buller on was Sunday 1 September, was on the snow training specific for Steep Snow and Ice (SSI) skills.
Note: Steep Snow and Ice rescue skills are not required for bush and normal Winter
Two events were held for Steep Snow and Ice training sessions this year; a dryland training day covering theory and some exercises at Williamstown on 22 July, followed by the steep snow and ice traiing in an alpine environment at Mount Buller on 28-29 July.
Two separate training sessions for steep snow and ice rescue training were held this year – a dryland training day covering theory and some off-snow exercises, and a weekend at Mount Stirling where we focussed on steep snow and ice rescue skills in an alpine environment.
For the weekend at Mount Stirling, we departed from Green Street Northcote on Friday night (8 July 2011) and camped at Mansfield overnight to get an early start on Saturday. The Police bus dropped us at Telephone Box Junction on Mount Stirling, then we skied up to our campsite at Bluff Spur Hut.