Practice Makes Perfect

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You know the saying - practice makes perfect.  Since there are always new things to learn on the Rock, our Mountain Rescue Team trains twice a month to keep skills current.  We rarely get the same rescue twice, so we're constantly training in new environments along with unique scenarios.  In last week's training session, our simulated rescue involved an injured hiker who had been crushed by a rock.  In the pictures below, the patient is medically treated, packaged, and carried out by the team.  Enjoy!

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Little Lights on Lone Mountain

Thursday, January 13, 2011

If you happened to see a bunch of little lights on Lone Mountain last night, don't worry, it was just the headlamps of the Mountain Rescue Team conducting a training session.

At 6pm, two teams began their ascent up the mountain. On the way up, each team was given a surprise medical scenario, one was a bee sting with an anaphylactic reaction while the other was a fallen hiker with a broken wrist. Both teams addressed each ailment and continued up the mountain.

Once at the top, the two teams worked together to build a technical system that lowered two rescuers to a victim that had fallen 50 - 70 feet. The two rescuers attended to the victim, who had suffered head injuries, multiple cuts and abrasions all over the body, and complained of neck pain. Rescuers attended to the patient's injuries, packaged the patient, and were raised back to the top of the mountain. From there, the team worked together to carry the patient down the mountain.

Here's a picture of the view from the top:

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