CalESAR Outdoor Skills - Portola Redwoods State Park, October 2006


Launched: 10/16/2006

The 2006 California Explorer Search and Rescue Outdoor Skills training weekend was held in Portola Redwoods State Park, from October 14th and 15th.

The weather behaved nicely, bringing us cool temperatures and overcast skies so that nobody got too hot or sunburnt. Because of the cloud cover and dense tree canopy overhead, it was often rather dark throughout the weekend. This made it a little difficult to get good photos without a flash. As such, there's some noticeable blurring in many of the shots. In some cases, I think it adds to the feeling of "motion" that's occuring in the photos. Still, I've not posted the shots that were quite blurry, nor those which didn't show some in their "best light" ;-)

I have 4 videos of the training of litter carrying, but they're so large that my web server won't support repeated downloads of them. I can put them on a CD and have someone show them at a CalESAR meeting if anyone would like.

-K
#333


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Arrival at
the park  
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Arrival at
the park  
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Arrival at
the park  
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Teambuilding
event  
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Teambuilding
event...  
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...While the
trainers watch  
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~Getting to
know you...~~  
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~Getting to know
all about you~~~  
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Bear-bagging
training  
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Fire-building
training  
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Diane breathes
life into it  
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Vivian working
on her demo  
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Not quite
ablaze yet  
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Janelle masters
the bear-bag  
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Sarah stokes
her fire  
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Kyle answers
questions  
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Alex, Jeff, Joe,
and Eli observe  
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Fire instruction  
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Dousing the
blazes  
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Radio training  
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Setting up
base camp  
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Setting up
base camp  
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Knot-tying
relay race  
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Garylene & Vivian,
shelter experts  
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Shelter-building
101  
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Matthew demonstrates
start-to-finish  
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Look! It's a burrito!  
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The team admires
Matt's handiwork  
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Stove demo  
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No, the table's
not on fire.  
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Heather and her
"pocket-rocket"  
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Surveying
"Tarp-town"  
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Jeanne describes
her shelter  
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A walk through
"Burrito-ville"  
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Mary Jane shows
her shelter  
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Matt in base camp  
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Bridget tauts
her tarp  
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Janelle does too  
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Jeff covers
his cover  
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Eli's ingenuity  
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Renee relates  
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The team watches  
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Zzzzzzz...  
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Joe & Umair  
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Mary Jane, Janelle,
and Eli  
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Heather discusses
alternative shelters  
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Joe uses
creative supports  
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Double-hat Viv  
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Garylene grins  
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Matt supervises
litter assembly  
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Bridget & Mary
Jane assemble  
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Alex and Brandy
oversee assembly  
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V and G enjoying
a joke  
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Matt teaches
litter packing  
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Onlookers Umair, Sarah,
Eli, Renee,
Mary Jane, Alex  
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Who'll be our
victim?  
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Why, Vivian will!  
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The cocooning
commences  
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Renee, MJ, Alex,
Janelle, & Alex  
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Heather coaches  
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Hidden Vivian  
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Lacing the litter  
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Snug as a
bug in a rug  
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Surrounded
by boots  
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Sealing it up  
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The team
observes  
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The team
observes  
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The team
observes  
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Even Houdini
couldn't escape  
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Are you okay
in there, Viv?  
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Matt tells how
to lift  
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Get ready...  
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1.. 2.. 3..
LIFT!  
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Okay, she's up-
Now what?  
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Set her down...  
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Describing
techniques  
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How to form
a carry team  
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Team ready?  
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Prepare to go  
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Prepare to go  
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Smile now- Your
turn carrying
comes soon!  
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Subject is up  
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Get ready...  
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Team advance!  
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Prepare to switch!  
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Forward march!  
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Prepare to
caterpillar!  
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Caterpillar
over the log  
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Caterpillar
over the log  
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Caterpillar
over the log  
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Safely over
the obstruction  
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Team re-forms
past the log  
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Ready to switch!  
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Switch!  
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Caterpillar
between trees  
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Caterpillar
between trees  
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Carry back
into camp  
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Let's let
Viv out!  
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Base camp  
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Group Photo
missing the
"one-day" people  
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Even Kelly's in
front of the camera!  
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Uh, Isn't Matt
going to be
a SHERIFF?  
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Brandy finds
an arrowhead  
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Mock-carryout  
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Heather's our
subject  
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Immobilizing her
"hurt" leg  
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Caring for
subject Heather  
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Caring for
subject Heather  
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Joe & Bridget
setup litter  
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Tying Heather
in the litter  
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Tying Heather
in the litter  
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Tying Heather
in the litter  
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Tying Heather
in the litter  
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The carryout
team assembles  
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Ready team?  
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Team Advance!  
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Watch for
roots and hazards!  
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Smooth delivery  
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Fluid movement  
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Around the bend  
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Switching
carriers  
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Careful on
the bridge!  
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Easy does it...  
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Careful...  
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The carry continues  
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Almost home  
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Back to base  
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Unpack subject
for "ambulance"  
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Pack up
equipment  
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Pack up
equipment  
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Pack up
equipment  
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Proud team  
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Hurrah! A job
well done!  
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Garylene & Vivian
after a fun weekend