Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mitchell Caverns State Park

After a SNAFU with the key to Cave of the Winding Stair, we were able to practice a vertical rescue from "the bridge" in Mitchell Cavern.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mine Training

We spent 8 hours underground working on hazardous atmosphere operation, and vertical rope work.

These carabiners are NOT cross-loaded. They are part of a windlass

Always have to rehab at the end

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Farewell Luca

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our team members, Luca Chiarabini. We were informed by a close friend, that Luca passed away on a personal trip this past week. Luca was a great friend, and he always made any day more interesting. He had an amazing passion for exploration. His mind was a wealth of knowledge for both caves and canyons. He was always willing to help others. We will miss him dearly.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ice Axe Arrest, and Alpine Travel Skills

The team spent the day after the MRA re-accreditation in the mountains practicing their winter alpine travel skills. Crucial to safe travel are roped travel, ice axe arrest, avalanche beacon search, and snow anchor construction. This year is a great snow year, so it was easy to find a suitable slope.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MRA Reaccreditation

Every year the California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association comes together in order to re-accredit teams in one of three disciplines. This year was search and tracking, and the event occurred in our county. You can read more about it at

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Car Dumped in Mine

Somebody reported a car that had been dumped in a mine and set afire. We were called to check the site for anything that somebody may have been trying to hide and to attempt to identify the car. As you can see, this car had been there a while.