|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Top of the Hill||by Tony Gaier , President|
Congratulations to the eleven people that passed the August land navigation evaluation. This month's evaluation is on September 23rd, at 9:00AM. It will be a litter handling evaluation at Three Gun Springs Trailhead, please see the website calendar entry for detailed directions to the location. The October evaluation is currently scheduled for the 22nd at 9:00AM. It will be a search techniques evaluation, the location is still to be determined. If you plan to attend an evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline as soon as possible. The end of the year is drawing near and 60 percent of the team still needs one or more evaluations. There is only one scheduled search techniques and land navigation evaluation remaining for this year. Here are the remaining dates and events (not mentioned above): Land navigation evaluation, November 18th and December 17th, a litter handling evaluation.
Wow, it's September already, can you believe it! Fall is just around the corner and you can start to feel the cooler temperatures in the night and early morning now. This seasonal change is a good opportunity for you to go through your pack and change out expired food and first aid items. Think about changing out the lighter middle or inner layers with heavier weight ones. Throwing a sleeping bag or cooking stove in the pack may not be a bad idea either.
Thanks to everyone who turned out for the August 30th litter haul mission! Almost 50 percent of our team showed up for this challenging mission.
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
We had two training opportunities again in August. On August 12-13, we had our summer bivy in the Pecos Wilderness. Although the forecast was for rain all weekend, three hardy souls headed out anyway on Saturday morning. We arrived at the Iron Gate trailhead and were on the trail by about 2:00 pm. A rather late start considering our ambitious goal - to hike to Pecos Falls, about 9 miles in. After about 7 miles, and up and down a couple of mesas, we decided to camp for the night. It was a beautiful hike, with more wildflowers than I have ever seen up there, and knee-high grass. Nothing but a few flashes of very distant lightning after dark and not a drop of rain the whole trip. The Pecos and Mora rivers were flowing high, and provided plenty of cool, clean water. We purified of course, but we were never far from all the water we wanted. Ironically, it started pouring rain about the time I pulled into my driveway Sunday afternoon.
The second training opportunity was a hike of the month led by Tony Gaier up Fourth of July Canyon in the Manzanos, on Saturday August 26. This wasn't actually a training after all since only Tony and I showed up. We had a great hike anyway. If you don't think fall is on the way, hike up this trail and check out the leaves that are already starting to drop. Leaves are still on the maple trees, though, so fall colors will probably be great as usual.
The regularly-scheduled training for September will be litter packaging and hauling on the 16th at 9:00 AM, Three Gun Springs Trialhead. Given the number of missions we've had so far this year, the extra practice couldn't hurt, and there are many members who still need to work with our new strapping system. Time permitting, we may also rig up a low angle raise and lower system so our members can see how that works.
Tony Gaier is planning a navigation/geocaching exercise on Saturday, Sept. 30, 9:00 am at Fourth of July Trailhead. This will be a combination of training and a friendly competition, with some door prizes.
Finally, I want to start getting the word out about an event that is almost two years away. I am referring to the Annual Conference of the National Association for Search and Rescue, or NASAR, which will be in Albuquerque in 2008. James Newberry, the NM SAR Resource Officer, is largely responsible for arranging to have the meeting in our own town in 2008. As the only (I'm pretty sure) affiliate team in New Mexico, it would be great if we could get involved in the preparations for this event. In addition, having the conference here will present some opportunities for us to become certified with NASAR at various levels. I propose that we help out with conference planning. Tom Russo has also suggested, and I think it is a great idea, to use the next year to prepare for certification courses in 2008. Expect to hear more about this in the coming months. To kick this off, I have invited James Newberry to our September meeting to talk about the event and what we can do to plan.
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Alex Fischer, Secretary|
Pre-business meeting training: Meeting minutes read by Alex Fischer, Bob Baker motioned to pass seconded by Tom Rinck, 7 for 0 against.
Meeting Began: 1915
Vice President's Report: Mike touched on previous trainings, discussed further trainings. Sept. Eval Litter at 3 gun springs. Oct. 22 last search tech eval. Be prepared for Officer nominations coming up. Mike mentioned bringing pager handler info to meetings to pass off to other pager handlers. Training this month is the Bivy, Pecos on Saturday midday at the Irongate area. Next month technical training with strapping system and low angle.
Secretary Report: Passed out pager form for people to sign up. Paperwork all turned in.
Treasurer Report: Report of current team finances. Please turn in fuel receipts for recent missions.
Membership: Some membership forms have been added to the website for download.
Old Business: Suggestions have been made to remove sections of the member guide that refer to pager callout procedures. Discussion about the problems we've had in regards to the new procedures by Adam.
New Business: Mike passed out the changes to the Member Guide with the proposed removal of the callout procedures. Tom Russo motioned changes be made, Bob Baker second, passed 9 for 0 against. Roger motioned that $290.00 be reimbursed to Medical providers who went to the Taos refresher, Adam seconded the motion. Discussion followed, motions stands at $290.00 ea. with a proof of payment or certification given to the treasurer. Passed For- 6 Against- 0, votes were taken by paper ballet and counted by Mark Espelien and Roger Campbell. Bob Baker has asked that everyone reserve Sept. 29th on their calendars to attend his retirement party from the Air Force.
060107 Cochiti Pueblo, everyone on our team got turned back before they could make it to basecamp. 57yr old wood gatherer.
Meeting Adjourned at 2022.
|What do you carry for survival?||by Tony Gaier|
What do you carry in your survival kit or on your person for survival? I don't know about you, but what I carry depends on the environment. Where are you going? Are you going to Wal-Mart or the desert? Ok, you may think I'm joking about Wal-Mart, but I'm not. You never know when something unexpected may happen, power outage, tornado, terrorist attack, etc. Almost anywhere I go I carry the following items on my person: cellular phone, flashlight, multi-tool, lighter, pen, paper, and money/credit card. In my vehicle I have water, food, extra clothing, safety flares, fire extinguisher, matches, first aid kit, and basic tools (screwdriver, pliers, etc.).
What I carry for a hike in the Sandia Mountains is different than what I carry for a hike in the desert. There are four or five items that almost everyone who has been in a survival situation will always have on their list of items. Here are the five "don't leave home without" items on my list: matches (or another fire producing source), water, food, garbage bag (or tarp), and a multi-tool. If there is a potential to get lost or injured (high risk activity, i.e. climbing, rafting, etc.), I would also add the following items to my list: Whistle, mirror, compass/GPS, and first aid kit. The two lists above are my "Minimum Equipment List" for all outdoor activities.
I always try to carry a flashlight, about 20 feet of military grade parachute cord (also know as 550 cord), 5 to 10 feet of duct tape, and water purification tablets. If traveling in an environment with lots of fishing opportunities, I recommend throwing in 3 or 4 fishing hooks, 2 lead sinkers, 1 small bobber, and 30 feet of 20-pound fishing line.
If you have the money to burn and want to lighten your load to only seven things to carry, buy a satellite phone! The list would be: satellite phone, matches, water, food, garbage bag, multi-tool, and first aid kit. Current going price is about 700 dollars for the phone (new) and about 40 dollars a month for 60 minutes of airtime. If you get lucky, you could pickup a used phone cheap on ebay. With rescue only hours away, there is no reason to carry all that other stuff!
There is one other "thing" I always try to bring on an excursion, it is a "little common sense". What I mean is always be aware of your environment (weather, terrain, etc.) and use "risk assessment" every step of the way. Always have situational awareness! Don't just plow across the creek! First, stop and look at your environment. Evaluate the environment (how fast is the water moving, how cold is the water, is the creek bed slippery, is there a narrower area to cross, etc.). Weigh the risk (If I slip, can I get back up? If you slip is hypothermia a likely result?) and plan your crossing (place all water sensitive items in the center of my pack, secure all loose items, enter here, angle my body this way, use my walking poles to maintain balance, exit there, build fire on bank, and dry out prior to continuing).
A key success factor to any trip is "Survival!"
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