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MTR 2019April 2, 2019
by David Kelly,
PNSP’s Mountain Travel and Rescue course this year was deemed highly successful! Despite the loss of the Pinecrest Community Center as our staging point (partial roof collapse due to snow), we rallied our resources and the students showed great flexibility in making the weekend work. Twenty one students from two Search and Rescue groups (TSAR and CALSAR), NSP patrollers, PNSP candidates and backcountry enthusiasts all pitched in together to make it a fun, educational time. Some of the most creative and interesting structures were constructed in Stan’s Bowl, including a full igloo. Mixed rain and snow Saturday morning turned to light snow showers Saturday afternoon and stopped just in time for the night search. Saturday night low was probably about 150 and the sun was out Sunday for the skills stations and it warmed up quite nicely. Everyone seemed quite positive about the event: learning new skills and enjoying the comradery of the group. Eleven PNSP patrollers took part under the great leadership of Jeff Gurrola. Thank you to all!
Hello 2019!January 3, 2019
by David Kelly,
Just a small note to let everyone know the website is still alive and sort of working...
Edited on 2019-01-03 by David Kelly
Avalanche 2013 SucccessJanuary 29, 2013
by Keith Gale,
We did a heck of a job this weekend assembling a stellar avalanche program.
Hat tips to Thijs, JK, Mike Nealon, Bill Keegan, Bill Lowell, Joe McPhearson, Jim Quinley, student/patroller Wade, Dave Kelly (AV support) and the irrepressible Larry Crawford (the most respected Reporting Party in the NSP-land) for all their incredible work. You had to see the avalanche scenario field to believe it-no photo will be able to capture the amount of work to complete the mock-rescue.
We had ten students with 3 paid (maybe 5) converts to our patrol.
The snow, though well consolidated (ECTN 30), Rutchscblock 7, did have some layers to observe. The quick tests were less interesting, but yielded good practice. Glad we did not have to patrol, as the snow surface was bomber crust (4 deg F gradient).
We were able to keep the audience from sleeping through 9.5 hours of lecture-in itself an amazing feat. Mike Nealon did a very nice job on the Tunnel Creek case study. JK worked his ICS magic. Thijs lead the beacon component. And Bill/Joe led in the probe techniques. Wade conducted recon the week before and was an excellent Accident Site Commander. Bill Lowell lent his able hand in the scenario. Dave overcame my technical challenges with google drive and youtube downloads to get a stable of videos prepared. The most compelling was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0RWLxOFGLY
Weather was mixed, but actually, just right if I was Goldilocks, with a bit of precipitation, sun and chill.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
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