Day one of the Scottish Mountain Rescue Conference ended with a great meal and a boisterous ceilidh at Glenmore Lodge. Day Two was focused on workshops, with people joining expert-led sessions on, amongst other topics, 'Casualty Care', '4x4 Winter Vehicle Recovery' and SARLOC, a system for locating lost people using their mobile phones. After an opening group session in the Glenmore Lodge lecture theatre, I joined attendees on National Training Officer Stuart Johnston's 'Hypothermia' course. After a quick introduction from Stuart on what to expect from the day, we picked up our tickets for the Cairngorm Funicular Railway and headed for the hills.
Once in a quiet location away from the ski piste, the group went through various exercises demonstrating their skills on the different ways of dealing with hypothermic patients. The finale was a mock avalanche situation, with the group having to find the unfortunate victim (expertly played by Heather of Lomond MRT!) and manoeuvre her to a suitable place for an extracation by a Search and Rescue helicopter.
The photo above covers the avalanche scenario. (For transparency, note please I've joined them together with a picture from one of the other exercises and some helicopter shots I took on the lawn of Glenmore Lodge).
PS. If you work a search and rescue dog with SARDA or SARDA (SS) and would like to take part in my photo essay on Scottish Mountain Rescue services, I'd love to hear from you. All money raised goes to Oban MRT but I will give you copies of all pictures to keep.