Monday, October 28, 2013

UK rescue video: Locahber MRT "in the groove"

This video shows you how a serious rescue helicopter like the Sea King can be used as a full-service rescue platform, as well as some avalanch and snow rescue techniques. Of course, Lochaber Mountain Rescue, the team in the vid, make it look easy, as does the Royal Navy crew. It actually takes years of training and conditioning to make it look that easy!

BTW, the soundtrack is the actual soundtrack of British search and rescue. There is a long history of traditional music on rescue teams. In fact, there are even folks songs about mountain rescue (although some of them are unprintable).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How to download a new format 7.5 minute topo map using the USGS download service:

This is a new format for USGS topo maps. Once you have the file, the Adobe reader program on your computer will now show you different "layers" of information on your topo map.

The map datum has been updated to WGS 84. Previously many Maine 7.5 minute topos were tagged to NAD27.

The satellite layer is going to be really useful for SAR and back-country travel purposes.

Please note, Sandy and I discovered today that it's very expensive for the college to print a whole map for you. You can crop the map to just print a section for most purposes.

  1. Go to
  2. Navigate to your topo quad
  3. Follow the instructions to place a marker on your map
  4. Click on the marker
  5. Click on the "download" button in the menu that appears
  6. The map will download. It will take a while. Wait patiently.
  7. Check in your downloads folder for the .zip file for your map. Click once to unzip.
  8. Open the file in Adobe reader
  9. Use the layer folders on the left hand menu to add layers to your map

Friday, October 11, 2013

Volunteers needed for STL training

UCSAR members are need for the MASAR Search Team Leader (STL) training. You'll be used as rescue party and search team members on backcountry navigation, bivouac and search extercises.

You're also welcome to attend any of the training sessions. The full itinerary is here.

Here are the total needs:

1) Friday 25th October, 5pm to 9am, overnight: six to eight for the night navigation/bivouac exercise.

2) Saturday 26th October, 8am-3pm daytime: six to eight for the search and evacuation exercises.

Be sure to see Patricia (Chief) to sign up.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

News feed from search yesterday

Here's one for students on the team to send home to your folks: a news video from Channel Five (Bangor) on yesterday's search. Unity Collage SAR team members clearly visible, especially the old fat one, unfortunately.