CalESAR Tech Skills Training - April, 2007


Launched: 04/17/2007

The 2007 California Explorer Search and Rescue Technical Skills training weekend was held in Castle Rock State Park, on April 14th and 15th.

The weather started out quite wet, which made things rather miserable on the first day. Fortunately it cleared up for the second day, which was when most of the work was done. Being a little cool, it kept us from getting 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" ;-)

-K
#333


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Welcome lunch
break  
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Wet Beginning  
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Wet Beginning  
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Drier start
of 2nd day  
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Drier start
of 2nd day  
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Setting up  
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Setting up  
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High spirits  
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Our first exercise is...  
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Prepping for
hypo wrap  
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Lift to knees  
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LIFT!!  
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Approach litter  
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Enthusiastic
onlookers  
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Team advance...  
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Backing to
litter  
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Step Over...  
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Prepare to lower...  
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Lower!  
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Gnetle landing  
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Try a different
technique  
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Roll subject,
put litter under  
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Position subject  
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Roll back  
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Umair watches  
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Debrief  
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Debrief  
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Now for the
hypo kit  
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Readying subject  
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Prepare to lift  
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Lift to knees  
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Lift!  
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Lacing subject in  
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Jeanne and Ken
watch  
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Matthew and Peter
coach  
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Making anchors  
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Jeanne and Sarah
hard at work  
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Michelle sets up  
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Jeanne hanging around  
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Ready for
sit/stand demo  
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Matthew demos
diaper harness  
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Ready to climb  
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A real swinger  
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Note rope
stretch  
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Any questions?  
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What next?  
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David describes
rappel techniques  
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Matthew narrates  
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Rapt attention  
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Kelly goes vertical  
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Class watches Kelly
defy gravity  
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Class watches Kelly
defy gravity  
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David ready
to rappel  
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while class
watches  
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David at the
edge  
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Over he goes!  
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Controlled
descent  
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Garylene belays  
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Heading down  
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There he goes!  
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Now, THAT'S
a smile!  
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David coming
back up  
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Garylene retrieves
belay line  
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Overseeing David's
climb  
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David reaches
the top  
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Sage advise  
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Sarah & Chad
listening  
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Chad descends  
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Chad descends  
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Sara on
the line  
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Ken heads down  
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Ken heads down  
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Umair climbs down  
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Casey on the line  
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Casey on the line  
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Eli descends  
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Eli descends  
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Rope City  
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Alex showing
control  
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Smooth descent  
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Eli with a
good stance  
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Janelle cheerfully
belays  
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Garylene coaches Don  
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Don in control  
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Chad climbing rope  
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All set up  
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Janelle's turn
to rappel  
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Now to sit/stand
back up  
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Welcome lunch
break  
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Matthew describes
Z-rig  
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Matthew describes
Z-rig  
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Now, pay attention...  
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Ready for
tug-of-war  
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Janelle climbs
vertically  
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Sits...  
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...Stands  
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Coming down
is tougher!  
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Kelly lends a...
...back!  
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Kelly the
footstool!  
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Eli climbs up  
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Alex helps out  
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The Eli
has landed  
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Tired trainees  
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Triumphant group  
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The happy class