More SSPCA Photos

I had to head south straight after the second day of the SSPCA Course for the Low Port Centre and so am only just getting around to posting a few photos from the 21st November. We spent the second day looking at abseiling to a casualty, picking them up continuing the abseil and then finished the day with a couple of scenarios requiring setting anchors with stakes, abseiling to a casualty, hoisting the casualty and re-ascending the abseil rope.

The team at the top of a hoist

The team at the top of a hoist

 We used the steep south side of Cockleroy Hill, which has some loose rock but can be used with care for this sort of training. We had the unexpected bonus of having a chat Tony Stone, who was out for a quick breath of fresh air whilst in the area.

The other end of the abseil and hoist

The other end of the abseil and hoist

SSPCA Course

Working today and Thursday for The Low Port Centre on a course for SSPCA staff. The course has been running all week and looks at familiarizing the team with climbing/abseiling equipment and techniques as they might be used in their work with animals. It takes them from the basics through to abseil and hoist based rescues with the emphasis on personal safety.

The team completing a rescue

The team completing a rescue

Today we were looking at hoist systems and scenarios. In the afternoon we were outside using a local venue for the practical elements. A really interesting course with an enthusiastic and motivated group.

A cool day with a westerly breeze and snow visible on Ben Ledi.

Hawkcraig Problem Solving and Rescues

Mike and I were out at The Hawkcraig today looking at some of the problem solving and rescue scenarios covered in the MIA (Mountain Instructor Award) training/assessment. These scenarios look at things such as how to safely and efficiently manage/evacuate a casualty on multi-pitch crags and rightly form a significant part of the MIA syllabus.