|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Who's Who and New|
|Feature Article||Special Notes||Disclaimer/Copyright|
|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez , President|
Also, I would like to remind the team that evaluations for the month of April will be Saturday, April 21. I would like everyone to try and call the hot line saying you will attend. This is to make sure that there are enough members there to provide a good eval. Litter eval was canceled last month because only four people left messages on the hot line. A litter eval is much easier when we have more than four people.
We are also looking at having a hike up to TWA canyon. Probably, April 28 or 29. We will determine the date at the next meeting. It will be a good chance to stretch our legs and get some GPS training in. I would like to welcome friends and family to this event, but will put a 12 yo requirement on this. This hike is approximately 3 hours up, for a total of 5-6 hours. If you bring a friend please make them aware that this is a pretty good hike. Since, I personally haven't been to this site I would like a volunteer to help lead this hike, please contact me.
Also, I realize that missions have been down, for this time of year. I cannot do anything about this, but would like to recommend that people try to stay in shape and keep training. I personally carried around a 10 pound day pack, while on vacation this last week. And at times I lugged my 50 pound daughter on my shoulders. This is probably the most weight my shoulders have had in the last few months. So, train as usual and remember that when we do get called out, our packs are from 30-50 pounds and we are out all night.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tony Gaier, Training Officer|
Please take a few minutes to look at your training currency. A majority of the team is still lacking one or more trainings. You need two trainings every six months (Jan - Jun and Jul - Dec) to stay current. If you have questions concerning your training status, please call or email me.
April's training is a search training at Balsam Glade Picnic Grounds. It is on April 15th at 9:00AM.
There are two training opportunities for the month of May. May 4-6 is ESCAPE 2007 in Ruidoso at the Convention Center. May 12th is a navigation training at Cedro Trailhead Dispersed Area Parking. It will start at 9:00AM.
The April pre-meeting training is the first part of a two part litter lesson. The May pre-meeting training is information on search procedures.
Updates have been made to the training schedule, please check it often for newly posted information.
If you have any questions or concerns with upcoming training events please call or email me.
|Who's Who and New||by Mike Dugger, Membership Officer|
|Training||by Adam Hernandez|
Well, Despite my extra training at Disneyland, 10 lb. daypack, with 50 pound child on shoulders for at least one mile per day, nothing is new. Even though, I did get to train in the hotel gym for an hour a day, for three days. I have to admit that I did take a nap on the fourth.
The missions are slim and I think that we all are getting a little impatient and maybe a little discouraged. Besides telling our closest friends to get lost, we have to always remember to train for the upcoming mission.
I personally have been to a mission that I knew the subject. This can be very interesting. I felt that I wanted to run out and get them. I also knew that we had to follow all the procedures and cover my area and work as a team. Luckily, I was able to be on the team that found them and was able to walk up to my friend and answer to his question "What are you doing here?" my answer was, "This is what I do!". That man is now a member of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One, New Mexico. So, It may be someone you know, but it is always someone important.
Now, back to training. I think I found the fitness test that I really think covers the complete body, this is my personal view, of course. There are many tests that we all read about, and many that we may or may not agree with. I've read many tests and have done only one or two. Most are boring to me and I think most are a waste of time. I find that I do most of the test in my mind, thinking of what I can do and dismiss the material that doesn't apply to me. This test has stuck in the back of my mind for a long time. It covers Cardiovascular stuff, body fat stuff, flexibility stuff and muscular strength stuff. The reason I say "stuff" is because I think we all know where we are in our physical conditioning without doing all this "stuff". Please attend the meeting and I will give you a copy of it. I think you may or may not agree with me but, here it is, another test.
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