Sunday, August 24, 2014

Southern California Canyon Cleaned by Local Volunteers

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

Search Management and ELT Training

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!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Toroweap, Grand Canyon Cleanup 2013

Members of the Cave & Technical Rescue Team assisted the National Park Service with the removal of trash that was tossed over an 800' cliff. Details can be found at www.sbsar.org


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Minimalist Rescue Systems

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.