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Training 2008

January 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.

Taking a break in Coire nan Eirecheanach, Glensheil


February/March 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 Di Gilbert.

A walk-in involving a trek along a frozen river


Practicing ice techniques.

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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April 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.

September 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.

October 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

November 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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