Sunday, August 30, 2009

Team updates, opening week Fall 2009

Slideshow: 2007, team members learning to rappel.

The Fall term starts Monday and we already have sufficient personnel on campus to respond to a call-out.

That means that we are now officially open for business.

Since we have a tropical storm arriving shortly, with flooding predicted, the likelihood we get a call-out opening weekend is higher than normal.

All team members sophomore and above should have their ready packs packed and in their vehicle or dorm room. The team officers will shortly be updating call-out lists: be sure to get your information to them if your home phone number or cell phone number has changed.

For first years who want to know how to join: Membership is open to all UC students. The first point of contact with new students is club night, held usually in the first few weeks of the semester. Watch for posters. Team trainings/meetings are held weekly all fall, usually at night midweek. The primary land navigation training for most first year team members is the Introduction to Conservation law Enforcement Labs, which starts Monday and Wednesday, depending on your section, taught by myself and Tim Peabody.

Tim and I will explain how SAR works in Maine, and about the Unity College Team, in class. If you are assigned to my section, and a serious candidate, you will show up with suitable clothing for hiking on the first day.

(Non CLE-first years who are not required to take this class are recommended to take Map and Compass, a different class, later in their UC career.)

The team truck is off-campus until late today (Saturday), along with a considerable part of our gear. Jake Urrutia and I are helping with training/certification for the Lincoln County SAR Team today and are using the truck and gear.

Welcome back!

Faculty Advisor

Postcard from Heavy

For those of you who are new to the blog, Heavy is our UK penpal and statistician for the Scottish Mountain Rescue Committee, as well as a former RAF Mountain rescue "troop" of renown. He sends regular emails with photos of his activities.

Just back from 5 days up North West near Ullapool, at Elphin it was wet and windy and the midges were awful, worst ever. We still managed a good few days on the hills.

I was with friends John and Mary Cosgrove, I was their best man in late 70's and Martin Frew and Kenny Kennworthy, both were my Deputies when we were in the RAF at Leuchars and Kinloss in the Mountain Rescue. Kenny is moving away to Edinburgh next month so this was his last trip for a while. Martin (Raz) is in North Wales now.

Day one was Reiff small sea cliffs near Stac Polly,the weather was amazing blue skies and sun. We then went to Sulliven, a long walk in, John and Kenny kayaked in from the bothy and we met on the ridge. What a hill, and situation, one of the best. There were a pair of eagles near the summit, wonderful. Next day the weather was wild but Kenny and Martin climbed Stac Polly, we went to Ullapool then to Reiff when the weather improved. Kenny fished twice and caught some trout, he also got a hook in his finger which John sorted! The last day was wet and the midges were crazy till we got high and did Conival and Ben More Assynt, I went to the aircraft crash nearby. A very sad place where the crew are still buried on the site, the only one in UK where the crew were left where they crashed in March 1941 it was a Avro Anson from Kinloss. The hills are looking good and the heather really beautiful, what a smell of the heather when you come of the hills. Knee was sore so I took it easy and did not do last two hills but had a great walk to the crash site. Weather and daylight starting to change getting colder on the hills, winter not far away!

The bothy we stayed at is such a great place at Elphin with a view of Sullivan, It was a great trip,with good friends. I am taking it easy at weekend get ready for off to Arran for the annual golf trip from 4 Sept Lochranza for a week.

Hope all is well
""David "Heavy" Whalley MBE.BEM

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Four seasons in a day

"Heavy" Whalley, our pen-pal in Scottish mountain rescue has been on the BBC Scotland radio program Four Seasons in a Day. The program will be online for a day or two more.

Makes for interesting listening:

Some Gaelic vernacular:

a ben is a Scottish mountain

a bealach is a saddle

lochans, lochs, are mountain lakes