Training sessions

Scottish Winter Training

Scottish Winter Training

Every year, the team heads to Scotland for a weekend’s training, to help sharpen up our winter skills.

On day 1, we hiked up into the Lost Valley in Glen Coe heading for the snow line at the back of the corrie. Despite the heavy rain, we were able to discuss decision-making when journeying in potential avalanche terrain, kit choices and very real considerations about the safety of river crossings. Once higher up, we practiced searching for transceivers – an essential skill inĀ avalanche rescue.

The next day, accompanied by guides Giles and Kev from Glenmore lodge and more heavy rain, we journeyed up to Stob Coire nan Lochan, talking more about safe decision making, practicing practical ice axe and digging skills, and “rescuing” our guides who kept getting themselves into all sorts of sticky situations.

As we were descending at the end of a long day, the sun finally came out for us.

Swift Water Rescue Practice

Swift Water Rescue Practice

One of the situations that our team is called to assist with is rescue from water; rivers, lakes or flooding. To make sure our skills are fresh, we regularly train in a variety of locations and conditions. In January, we did some practice close to our base on the river Kent. We then returned in… Continue Reading

November Training – Into the Dark

November Training – Into the Dark

Last night’s navigation exercise at kentmere was a huge success. It was an opportunity for 6 potential team members to meet some of the team and also test their skills on the hill when it is cold and wet. We had the usual post ex bbq and bonfire. Unfortunately in the morning we discovered where… Continue Reading

July Training – Steep Ground

July Training – Steep Ground

This month we headed to Rainsborough Crag in Kentmere to practise operating on very steep ground and to conduct a safe “stretcher lower” over steep and difficult terrain. Weather remained ideal allowing control in M2 to observe through the binoculars. This training also allows team members to practise new skills, such as cas site manager… Continue Reading

May Training – Competitive Round Robin

May Training – Competitive Round Robin

Team training. Today we headed off to Kentmere for some training with a competitive edge. 3 team groups were put under the stopwatch and given 3 tasks. Set up a rigging system, prepare mobile 1 to carry a casualty on a stretcher, set up the satellite system from mobile 2 and succesfully lock onto the… Continue Reading

April Training – The Helm

Today we went up to Benson Knott where the team split into 3 groups and had to assess and treat casualties whom had sustained either big bone leg injuries (Femur) or lower leg to ankle injuries. We also practised with the use of the Kendrick’s splint with one poor casualty having a double femur fracture.… Continue Reading

February- Helicopter and Medical

February- Helicopter and Medical

February’s training involved both ourselves and Kirkby Stephen MRT. The morning started with helicopter training which enabled ourselves and KSMRT to get team members re-qualified and new members qualified in winching drills. We then conducted some round robin medical training (with special thanks to casualty union providing some realistic scenarios) alongside steep ground scenarios. We… Continue Reading

Winter Training

Winter Training

Every year, we go for team winter training in Scotland. On day 1, the team headed out to Stob Corie nan Lochan for a day of winter skills training. We picked the right weekend with plenty of snow and ice providing challenging conditions to put our training and skills to the test. Day 2’s venue… Continue Reading

Christmas Training

Christmas Training

Sunday team training day. We headed into Kentmere and split into 3 groups to practise our steep ground techniques. The area we use to train is ideal as it gives us varying levels of steepness and different surfaces to test our methods. We then returned to base for a warm brew and some mince pies. Continue Reading

November Training – Exercise Callout

November Training – Exercise Callout

The team started the morning at base doing a round robin training session, this was interrupted by an Exercise call out to Ashstead Fell after a fell runner called to say his running partner had taken a fall over very steep ground and sustained a suspected fractured femur and spinal injuries. Using phone finder technology… Continue Reading

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