CalESAR Summer Camp - Yosemite Valley, June 2006

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Launched: 06/28/2006

The 2006 California Explorer Search and Rescue summer camp was held in Yosemite valley, from June 17th through the 25th. Despite high temperatures, high humidity, and ferocious mosquitos (I got at least 160 bites), it was a great time. We had a great batch of new recruits, and their enthusiasm made for some great teams.

We got to watch some smoke jumpers get recertified in their helicopter rappels and got a good tour of the YOSAR (Yosemite Search and Rescue) operation. Good thing, too- On our last day there was a real search. Trainee, Associate, Trained, and Certified CalESAR volunteers alike took part in the search. It was on gruelling terrain, but it was effective, educational, strenuous, and even fun.

I've separated my photos of the park itself.
Be sure to click here to see them!


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Unloading
the truck  
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Unloading
the truck  
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The Campfire
lounge grows  
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Tent City
arises  
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Mess Tent
at dinner  
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Main camp
w/ kitchen  
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Morning view
from camp  
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Rocky Point
at 06:00  
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Tracking
exercises  
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Tracking
exercises  
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Tracking
exercises  
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Fire 101  
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Fire 101  
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Fire 101  
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Fire 101  
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Fire 101  
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Fire 101  
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Fire 101  
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Pack equipment  
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Litter wrapping  
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Litter wrapping  
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Litter wrapping  
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Medical class  
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Radio Electronics  
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Hiking to
Rope tech  
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Hiking to
Rope tech  
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Hiking to
Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Rope tech  
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Lots of
anchors  
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View from
rappel rock  
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View from
rappel rock  
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Anchors aweigh  
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Tying Prussiks  
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Rope Tech  
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Rope Tech  
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Rope Tech  
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Nic demos
rappel  
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Nic demos
rappel  
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Nic demos
rappel  
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Nic demos
rappel  
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Relaxing around
the campfire  
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More attractive
backdrop than subject  
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At fire
lookout  
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Helicopter  
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Helicopter  
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Helicopter  
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From fire tower  
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Bird in
the air  
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Fire team
rappel recert  
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Fire team
rappel recert  
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Fire team
rappel recert  
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Prep room  
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CalESAR team  
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CalESAR team  
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CalESAR team  
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Making pics
for family album  
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CalESAR team  
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CalESAR team  
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Mark & Bird  
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Chopper talk  
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Nav skills
(No, north is the
OTHER way! :-)  
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Mark & Kelly
on 4 mile
trail PSAR  
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Kelly & Vivian
on 4 mile
trail PSAR  
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Mark & Vivian
on 4 mile
trail PSAR  
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Beggar bird  
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Vivian & Mark
on 4 mile
trail PSAR  
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Rappelling class  
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Rappelling class  
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Nic teaches  
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Casey on the line  
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Megan descending  
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Rapelling class  
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Erica at Ahwahnee  
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Jane at Ahwahnee  
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Joe, Matthew and
Nic at Ahwahnee  
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Joe & Heather  
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Group shot  
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Group shot  
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Katie D, Michelle,
Erica, and Katie W-D  
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Caroline  
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Now THAT'S
a campfire!  
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Now THAT'S
a campfire!  
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A happy Katie D.  
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Chillin' at
the bear boxes  
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Radioman Chuck
(sorry about the blur)  
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Meal Prep  
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Meal Prep  
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Meal cleanup  
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Team 1 does
Type III search  
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Lunch at Cathedral
picnic area  
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Chris V. has
a noon nap  
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Fallout from a
long hard day  
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Brian teaches
a class  
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Alicia enroute
to talus evac  
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Brian at
talus evac  
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Brian at
talus evac  
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Melissa finds the
subject (Amber)  
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Tending subject  
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Alicia in the field  
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Melissa tends subject  
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Melissa tends subject  
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Melissa tends subject  
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Another search
team approaches  
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Don at the ready  
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Casey radios  
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Casey radios  
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Loren involved  
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Ian & Cameron  
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Tika finds subject  
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Colleen, Tika's
owner/trainer  
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CARDA team  
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Evac team
takes shape  
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Making subject
comfortable  
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CARDA team  
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Evac takes shape  
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Alicia, Colleen
and Ian  
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Checking for best
evac route  
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Packed up,
ready to go  
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Packed up,
ready to go  
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Packed up,
ready to go  
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Setting belay
anchors  
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Nic & Kent
setting belay
anchors  
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Ready to go  
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Let's move out!  
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Let's move out!  
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Local livestock  
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Team carryout  
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Changing belay  
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Yosemite
Firehouse  
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YOSAR Cache/Base  
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CalESAR at
YOSAR Cache  
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YOSAR captain
describes operation  
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YOSAR captain
describes operation  
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CalESAR at
YOSAR Cache  
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CalESAR at
YOSAR Cache  
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Checking out
mobile command post  
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Checking out
mobile command post  
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Rescue vehicle  
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Rescue vehicle  
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Rescue vehicle  
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Nice training room  
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With its own
climbing wall!  
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Happy Heather  
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Sunblock, Heather-
SUNBLOCK!!  
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Kelly at start
of Jane Doe II search  
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Mark on 200' 60 degree
talus decent  
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Descending another
800' to floor  
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Search for
skeletal remains  
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Search for
skeletal remains  
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Tough terrain!  
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YOSAR Brent on
climb back up  
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Mariko made it!  
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