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Training 2003

February 2003. Held in Coire Na Cadha, below Sgurr an Fhuarail and Aonach Meadhoin at the eastern end of the "Three Brothers".

We took advantage of the good snow cover to practice ice-axe braking and snow belays of varying types. Jamie Kean tested the latest version of his "Live Man" snow anchor with encouraging results. The team then took advantage of the good weather to climb up to the summit of Aonach Meadhoin.

We descended the ridge to the west of the coire and investigated a huge avalanche site. It was one of the biggest we have seen in the area and a potent reminder of the dangers inherent in winter walking in Scotland.




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March 2003. A joint exercise with the Coastguard and the Kyle Lifeboat. The object was to find the best methods for rescuing a casualty who had fallen from the bridge or had a boating accident and had managed to clamber on to one of the bridge caissons. The exercise proved of great benefit to all the emergency services involved. Team members also had an opportunity to abseil from the bridge into the Kyle Lifeboat: an experience not missed by anyone!



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June 2003. The annual helicopter brief and practice took place on what began as a hazy and damp June day.

Deiseal.

 

Winching practice on the summit plateau of Beinn Fhada.

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Winching practice using the highline.

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Glen Lichd looking east.

 

Strath Croe looking extremely lush.

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