|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Top of the Hill||by Tony Gaier , President|
This month's evaluation is on March 18th, at 9:00AM. It will be a litter handling evaluation at Three Gun Spring Trailhead. The April evaluation will be on the 30th at 9:00AM. It will be a search techniques evaluation, the location is still to be determined. If you plan to attend this evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline by Sunday, April 16th.
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
Last month's winter skills training and bivy was held at Capilla Peak in the Manzanos on February 11-12. Five members showed up for the training near the campground on the peak. Unlike previous years, there was no snow available to help in constructing an insulating shelter. It also turned out to be a very cold, windy afternoon and evening, adding an additional challenge to this training. The main principles of winter shelters still apply, however. That is, create some protection from the wind, insulate yourself from the ground, and get it together quickly without expending too much energy. There were plenty of small trees near the peak, so most members made use of these to tie up tarps to create wind blocks. A popular theme was a short A-frame created with the tarp, and either tied down to the ground at the foot or closed off with packs. It also helps to buddy-up with a team mate in creating a shelter, to get more warm bodies in a small space and to make the most efficient use of limited shelter materials. Roger Campbell and I made an A-frame that was open at the head and tied off to the ground at the foot, and then tied another tarp between two trees in front of the head to block off that opening. This created a shelter that was big enough for two bags, and kept the wind off of us. The latter turned out to be quite important, because the wind blew hard for most of the night. It was cold too - the thermometer on my pack read 10 degrees F before bed.
Two members joined the winter bivy in the evening, so seven members spent the night on the mountain. It warmed up significantly by morning and was 20 degrees F just after sunrise. A couple of members tried their luck at a local fishing spot near the town of Manzano, so it will be interesting to hear how they did. I learned an important lesson about winter camping without snow - it is easy to stay dry! While it was nice not being cold AND wet, I'll still take the snow any day.
The training for March will be a practice session with our litter and technical gear on Sunday, March 12 at Embudo trailhead. This will provide an opportunity for members to see and work with some low-angle technical rigging, such as a 3:1 raise system and a lowering system using an alpine brake tube. It will also be an opportunity to work with our new litter tie-in system, which should get patient packaging times down to something like five minutes.
April's scheduled training is a four-wheel drive class with New Mexico 4-Wheelers. Details are still being worked out, so stay tuned.
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Alex Fischer, Secretary|
Training: Winter Bivy at Capilla Peak March training is low angle litter training. April training 4X4 training.
Treasurer: reported income, expenses and balance.
Membership: 3 new PACE Graduates
Gear: 1 Team Radio
Medical: FR training available at EMS academy
Tom Russo proposed we try to track down missing Mission reports. There was a discussion regarding the state of mission logs, and it is not clear how many missions are missing.
Old Business: none
New Business: Budget, The biggest expenses were $3200 for a new litter and 2 new radios. Also expenditure for Team AV equipment and maintenance for team laptops. Mike Dugger motioned to pass the budget. It was seconded by Aaron Hall, and the motion passed with a vote of nine in favor, zero against.
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