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|Top of the Hill||by Larry Mervine|
See you out there.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tom Russo|
Kudos to Mike Dugger, Don O. Gibson, Ryan Jackson, Larry Mervine and Nancy O'Neill for being the only members to have attended every single training that was offered this year.
On 21-22 August there will be a "hamfest" at the Rio Rancho National Guard Armory. There will be a testing session at the hamfest on 21 August at 1 p.m., so those interested in taking their first Ham exam or upgrading their current ticket will have the opportunity. Contact me if you wish to start studying or need a nudge or two on some of the material. I'm studying for an upgrade right now, and most of the material is becoming fresh enough in my mind that I might be able to help.
For those who have been asleep for the last month or so: I am still working on
arranging a Wilderness First Aid class for the later part of this year.
Wilderness Medical Institute has gotten back to me regarding the dates when
their New Mexico staff are available to teach. I've announced it on the
voicemail and email and through the phone tree, and announce this at the
meeting, but it bears repeating once more: the available dates are 2-3
October, 30-31 October, and 4-5 November. So far the people who have
expressed a preference for 30-31 plus the people expressing "anytime in
October" and the people saying "anytime at all" outweigh those expressing
preference for the other dates. But I've only heard from ten people, so that's
still up in the air. Please let me know what your preference is
immediately, as we will need 15 people firmly committed to showing up on
the chosen dates. I want to reserve the date within a week of our July
meeting. We have discussed in meetings how to share the cost of this training
between members and the team, but not voted on anything. To host the training
costs $80 per person plus food, travel and lodging for two instructors. I'm
expecting that each member will need to kick in at least $30, possibly more,
in order to keep the team's share within a reasonable budget. The class can
be opened up to nonmembers (who would, of course, have to pay the full $80
plus a share of the other expenses) if we have fewer than the maximum of 30
people signed up.
|Hike of the Month||Three Gun Spring Trail||0800, Jul 31, 1999|
|Trailhead: Three Gun Spring at Monticello Estates Subdivision|
|R.T. Distance: 8 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6000/8000|
|Hiking Time 4+ hours||Hazards: heat|
|Topo Maps: Tijeras & Sandia Crest Quadrangles|
|Pinching Pennies||by Mike Dugger|
READ THIS....Now that I've got your attention, please read on. The forms you submit to me for fuel and oil reimbursement have really improved, but I still get some that are filled out wrong. Next time you look at an invoice form, notice each piece of information you are asked for on the form. I need that same information written on the front of your receipt. As I've said before, I must separate all of these and reassemble them on the form I submit to the state. The state checks every receipt for name, mission date, mission number, etc. If you don't write it on there, I have to do it. I've never made a point of asking for the amount of fuel on the receipt, but please include that too. The state's form asks for the quantity of fuel and oil. If you don't tell me, I have to estimate, which takes time. If I spend too much time on this, I might get tired. If I get tired, I might lose your receipt. That would be a shame.
|Who's Who and New||by Susan Corban|
|Gearing Up||by Mike Dugger|
First, the prussics that have been in our cache for the past two years did not grab the 11 mm ropes very well when on a belay or a Z-system. Upon some experimentation at home, I discovered that this was because the prussic rope we've been using was 9 mm. This does not flex as easily as 8 mm, and hence does not tighten up well under load. Relative prussic length is also very important in a system that should set automatically. I made a bunch of prussics from 8 mm cord that we can try out at our next low-angle practice.
Second, the 11 mm rope we carry for haul lines was intended to do double duty as anchors when needed. We found that none of our lines were long enough to construct a proper "wrap 3 pull 2" anchor around a large but not unreasonable BFR (immobile attachment point). So...I retired one of our 200 foot ropes that had seen some heavy use and cut it into some anchors of various length. We can try these at our next practice, too. We can keep using the fuzzy old ropes of unknown age for haul and brake lines on the litter, since it will always be under close control by the litter tenders anyway.
|Public Relations||by David Dixon|
I did an Outdoor Presentation to a group of "kids" from five to eighty years old at the South Valley Library recently. Although none left having perfected map and compass, maybe we won't be looking for any of them in the future.
On July 24-25 we are giving a Fireside Chat on Outdoor Preparedness in the evening and hosting the weekly Hike the next morning for Albuquerque Open Space. Maybe we'll demonstrate some map and compass skills that we covered in the chat the night before. Both the Fireside Chat and Hike are at Elena Gallegos picnic ground. We certainly are being heard from around town.
PR Committee is meeting this month on the 3rd Thursday (July 22) instead of the usual last, same place and time. Check the newsletter calendar for this and other PR events. Melissa Smith is in the spotlight this month. Melissa's been a member of Cibola since the end of 1994 and an officer for three of those almost five years. She joined Cibola Search and Rescue immediately upon arriving in NM after beginning the process of joining in Los Angeles where it required a written test, an oral test, a physical test, a lie detector test, and then 14 weeks in the sheriff's academy before becoming eligible, but not guaranteed, to be picked up as a volunteer in the search and rescue unit. Luckily, they moved before completing the entire process.
Melissa's a CPA and currently the mother of two boys, the oldest (almost 4) of whom you may have occassionally seen at a training. He believes that he too is in search and rescue. Before children, Melissa was an avid cyclist, hiker (and rock climber whenever possible), ran a couple of marathons and was very active in triathlon. Since becoming a Mom, she's done a couple of triathlons, been part of a team for the Grants quadrathlon, and, of course, hike whenever possible. Melissa loves being active in the outdoors and plans to raise her kids to be the same.
Paul Donovan is 35 years old and is an instructor navigator and program manager at the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB. He's happily married to a wonderful woman, Molly, and has two boys. Brian and Matt are five and three years old. He's anxiously awaiting the day the boys are big enough to go on longer hikes with Dad. Paul is a member of the New Mexico Mountain Club and enjoys climbing, hiking, skiiing, and mountain biking. Paul is originally from Massachusetts. Back where there's ice in winter, Paul was a hockey player. Also in Paul's past life (before the military) he was a civil engineer and land surveyor.
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
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