Sunday, August 24, 2014
The Cave and Technical Rescue Team, in conjunction with the Coalition of American Canyoneers, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, and the Angeles National Forest performed a canyon cleanup event on August 23. More than 60 volunteers from as far away as Arizona, picked up trash and cleaned graffiti from the canyon walls. Using hammers and chisels, the graffiti was painstakingly chipped from the rock surface. Afterwards, the rock was painted with a thin coating of mud, and a dusting of fine sand from the nearby stream bed using a technique that has proven successful in other outdoor areas. In this way, the tagger's "canvas" was made less attractive, hopefully decreasing the graffiti in the future. Since the mud will last only a couple years, the team will be at it again to help preserve this jewel of the San Gabriels.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The team spent Sunday honing their search management and tracking skills. We finished the day with an evidence search. In a "normal" year we would be doing some snow and ice rescue training in this very location. There is no snow!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
We spent Saturday at Mt. Rubidoux working on minimalist rescue systems. We only used equipment that we would have on our person. We maintained a one-person load to minimize the gear required. Any litter attendant was on a separate rope.