Steep snow and ice training Mount Hotham 2009

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.

Searching using avalanche transceivers
Searching using avalanche transceivers
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Brisbane Ranges training weekend, September 2008

Date: 6 and 7 September 2008

Fifty Bush Search and Rescue members and prospective members participated in the recent training weekend, an excellent response given the clash with a very good snow season and Father’s Day.

As is now “traditional” for our off-snow training, on Saturday we joined the VRA’s 12 hour rogaine. Rogaining is the ideal training for our members as it is such a close match to what is expected during a search; accurate off track navigation in a small group.

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Steep snow & ice training Mount Buller 2008

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 travelled in a Police bus to the base of the Mount Buller’s West Ridge.  We ascended followed the route to the West Ridge in overcast conditions to a high campsite in the snow on ridge, then spent the afternoon reviewing and practice skills including safe travel in steep snow and/or ice terrain.   We traversed under the frozen waterfalls on Mt Bullers North East face.

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