Monday, August 3, 2015

Members of the Cave and Technical Rescue Team, and local canyoneers spend the day removing graffiti at Monkey Face Falls. The challenge was to get the power washer into position.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Minimalist Rescue Techniques in San Antonio Canyon

Rain was steady, but the thunderstorm never materialized. The team spent the day working with guiding lines and moving directionals to evacuate harness-bound patients. These evacuation techniques are useful in avoiding obstacles such as waterfalls.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cave Team Completes MRA Technical Rescue Re-Accreditation

The California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association held its annual re-accreditation. This year was technical rescue, and it was hosted by Sierra Madre Search and Rescue in Joshua Tree National Park. The Cave Team successfully completed a technical evacuation, personal rope skill assessment, pick-off rescue of a stranded climber, and the medical care and evacuation of a severely injured climber.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rope Rescue Training Nov 2014

We spent the day raising and lowering a patient in the litter using a variety of methods. We focused on the comparison of twin-tensioned systems and systems that used un-tensioned belays. We also worked the edge with and without a gin pole.

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!