2008. Joint exercise with Torridon MRT. This year we invited
Torridon MRT train in our area where we practiced winter skills, some
of which involved first aid scenarios within an avalanche site and confidence
roping a walking casualty down snow slopes.
a break in Coire nan Eirecheanach, Glensheil
2008. Many members took advantage of the opportunity of a winter
trip to Canada. We based ourselves in the Alpine Club of Canada's clubhouse
at Canmore, Alberta, where the conditions were ideal to practice our
climbing techniques with the help of instructors Stuart Johnston and
A walk-in involving a trek along a frozen river
We also had
a day practicing our probe and transceiver work as well as avalanche
awareness with the aid of Steve Blagbrough from Yamnuska Mountain Adventures.
Searching with probes
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2008. This years helicopter exercise gave an opportunity to familiarize
ourselves with Stornoway Coastguards new Sikorski S-92 helicopter. There
was a winching session for the whole team which allowed the trainees
to learn the protocols of working with a helicopter.
Coastguard 100 trying out our new landing site at Morvich.
Coming in to hover before starting winching practice.
May 2008. Navigation. A course was laid out below Sgurr Mhic
Bhrarraich south of Shiel bridge where groups were sent along differing
routes. This involved finding points firstly by map only, then map and
compass and lastly by GPS.
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June 2008. Crag Work. A rigging for rescue exercise was set up
on the cylinder head crags above the A87. This meant searching for and
the placing of good anchor points, the setting up of the rope and communication
while lowering and hoisting of a stretcher.
The lowering of a barrow-boy and stretcher to a casualty.
2008. First-Aid. This 2 day course was run by the British Association
of Ski Patrollers (BASP) which is certificated to the level of Emergency
first aid and is tailored towards the mountain environment. The team
requires every member to be proficient to at least this level.
2008. An invitation from Torridon MRT to join them for a long weekend
on the Isle of Skye was taken up by several members. Staying at the
SMC memorial hut in Glen Brittle, different parts of the Cuillin ridge
were visited despite the poor weather.
A clearing in the weather, Bealach na Lice - Bruach na Frithe
2008. Night Navigation. Two teams navigated to markers laid out
below Am Fraoch Choire, south of the Glensheil battle site. The heavy
rain helped to make this exercise more realistic but a photo opportunity
was lost when the para flares failed to deploy.
December 2008. Ice Factor. A trip to the Ice Factor at Kinlochleven
gave the team a chance to use the the ice and climbing wall.
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