Search and Rescue

Wanaka Search and Rescue Exercise in the north branch of the Matatapu Valley

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October 21, 2013
Wanaka Search and Rescue Exercise in the north branch of the Matatapu Valley

Every year at this time just before we enter the busy season in the outdoors we have what is called a SAREX , so all various skills needed get a refresh. This year there were three scenarios: alpine cliff rescue, white water searching/rescue, and the one I went on loosely known...
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A little bit of Search and Rescue training and some wandering in the bush

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December 14, 2012
A little bit of Search and Rescue training and some wandering in the bush

We had our annual helicopter familiarisation and training last night in readiness for the summer season. I always hope it’ll be quiet, but it seldom is in these days of increasing use of the outdoors. The base of helicopter operations is the Matukituki Valley… The pilots, a husband and wife...
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Intuition, art, search and rescue, and my 4th attempt to ski tour Mt Pisa

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October 14, 2012

Last week one of my readers noted I’d not done a philosophical post for awhile. Well… a few things happened mid week that lend themselves to this topic! Out of the blue I’ve been voted onto the committee of the Upper Clutha Community Arts Council – an elected voluntary organisation to promote and support...
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Routines and the reality of Search and Rescue

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August 6, 2012
Routines and the reality of Search and Rescue

Yesterday was seemingly just another “Sunday”. It was a “time out” day, which is kind of how I like it. And as I have an old friend Francois from Switzerland staying, and visiting after a 20 year absence, we did one of my usual walks, after days of being everywhere especially in relation to...
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An outing in the Ahuriri Valley on Search and Rescue work

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May 13, 2012
An outing in the Ahuriri Valley on Search and Rescue work

For a week now a solo tramper has been missing over in the Ahuriri Valley. It’s a bit of mystery where he is! Each day Wanaka Search and Rescue has fielded some teams, and on Friday two car loads of us drove over the Lindis, to add to other volunteers from all surrounding areas,...
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Wanaka Search and Rescue, improvisation and some background on both

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September 4, 2011
Wanaka Search and Rescue, improvisation and some background on both

Last Sunday a week ago, my phone rang early: Wanaka Search and Rescue ringing around for people to search the Gillespie Pass route in Mt Aspiring National Park. Specifically the Wilken and Young valleys for a missing tramper. That person was found quite quickly, but in dire straits in the Kieran Forks / Siberia...
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A thought provoking week of bird survey work and another mountain accident

November 30, 2008
A thought provoking week of bird survey work and another mountain accident

After waiting for good settled weather for almost a month, finally mid last week I was off on a two day braided riverbed bird survey as a volunteer for DOC. This is an annual event I really look forward too and this year the river was the Matukituki that drains all the eastern slopes...
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