(Each winter, the rangers at Baxter State Park host a winter rescue training for MASAR team members. This year FSAR sent 3 members to participate. )
Baxter State Park Winter Mountaineering Training March 3-5, 2017
At 0630morning, we rallied outside to load onto the SAR transporter and the back of snowmos. Due to the high winds and cooler temps, the rangers decided to base our training around Katahdin Falls where there was a little more protection from the wind. After buliding a just-in-case fire in the stove at the ranger station, we broke into our groups and rotated through stations. We dug T-trenches and "buried" pickets in the snow--this was mostly a theoretical conversation as the snow was thick ice sheets sandwiching sugar snow and only about 6-8 inches deep in most places. We also build a picket line for ascending and practiced using a variety of different ascending mechanisms. At the crampon and ice axe station we practiced walking with crampons on, keeping the ice axe ready in case of a fall. We discussed the pros and cons of different styles of crampons and axes as well. At the ave beacon station we trained with beacons and search techniques. It was especially interesting to work with the beacons when they were picking up multiple signals and how the signals were picked up when they were significantly higher or lower than the receiving beacon. That evening, after a quick debrief, we cozied around the heater and listened to some wonderful stories from Mike, Rob, and Bob and tried to stay up later than Mike's kids' bedtime which is .
It was a really great weekend to focus on basic skills, have good conversation, and build community between the SAR teams from across the state.
Rob and Shannon practice the Munter Hitch
Shannon descending Abol Slide
Shannon ascending Abol Slide
Hiking up to Abol Slide and enjoying the warmth of the sun
Hiking up to Abol Slide
Jeff and Katahdin! End of Saturday.
Shannon staying warm!
Jeff ready for action