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  • Title: China Lake Mountain Rescue Group
    Descriptive info: .. CHINA LAKE MOUNTAIN RESCUE GROUP.. NOTE:.. To contact CLMRG in an emergency, please contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office Com Center (661 or 800-861-3110) or 760 301-6094 for a blanket page of leaders.. For Officers and Committee Chairpersons, see "Points of Contact".. P.. O.. Box 2037, Ridgecrest, CA 93556=2037.. About CLMRG.. Points of Contact- Officers and Committee Chairs.. Current Training Schedule.. Talus Pile.. - our Newsletter; contains current training schedule, operations reports, various bits of news, etc.. Talus Piles #1-99, 1969-1996.. Talus Piles #100-148, 1997-2010.. May 2011 Talus Pine.. September 2011 Talus Pile.. January 2012 Talus Pile, lots of ops.. April 2012 Talus Pile, 2011 summaries.. October 2012 Talus Pile, lots of ops.. January 2013 Talus Pile, a busy finish to 2012!.. April 2013 Talus Pile, with 2012 summary stats.. December 2013 Talus Pile, recent ops.. May 2014 Talus Pile.. Summer Mountaineering Class info.. Sample Flyer of Class Info.. General Overview of the Course.. Equipment checklist for Students.. Skills Checklist for the course.. NEWS, updates.. Know your Knots?.. Check this website out! Animated knots.. More Knots!.. Climbing knots.. Celebrating 50 Years of Search and Rescue Service 1958-2008;.. See our photo and other info here.. We submitted this for an.. MRA award for Outstanding Public Education programs.. - our summer class stuff and our "Child Lost, but Found" programs.. Word Doc.. with photos.. And we WON!!.. Training Manual.. - everything that makes CLMRG tick.. Chapter 1,.. Standard Operating Procedures, training requirements, qualifications, how we run operations, etc.. Chapter 2,.. ByLaws - what really makes us tick.. Chapter 3.. Qualifications and Training by category, lists for Quals, personal equipment, climbs, training, etc.. Chapter 4, Technical Rescue Equipment and Techniques- we're using "Technical Rescue Riggers Guide" mostly.. Good stuff.. Images from a training practice.. CRMRA Rock Recertification at Fossil Falls, March 2001.. CLMRG, the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which provides search and rescue services on an on-call basis.. It is sponsored by the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, CA, responds to the Kern County Sheriff Department, and is a member of the.. Mountain Rescue Association (MRA).. The primary mission of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group is search and rescue of lost or injured persons, any season of the year, in the mountains and desert or in any type of  ...   and kids how not to get lost, or to get found if you are which is presented regularly to local elementary students, and our annual Basic Mountaineering Course in June and July, a six-week introductory class in all aspects of mountaineering with an emphasis on safety.. CLMRG is funded somewhat under the.. United Way program,.. and by the Kern County Sheriff's Office, and we rely on private donations.. If you would love to donate to this good cause, please send a check to CLMRG, P.. Box 2037, Ridgecrest, CA 93556-2037.. You will receive our gratitude, a thank-you note, and our newsletter, The Talus Pile.. An on-line charitable giving organization,.. "Just Give.. org".. will also pass along designated donations to us.. We are a 501(c)(3) organization so your gift to us is tax deductible.. Our funds go toward (1) updating search and rescue equipment such as stretchers, climbing ropes and hardware, radios, and first aid supplies, and (2) SAR operation expenses.. All CLMRG members provide their own individual equipment and take leave- without-pay or vacation leave to go on rescues.. Do we give out our patch upon request? NO.. Sorry - our patch is only for our active members.. Group Photo 3/06.. A paper on Giardia and Giardiasis.. by Dr.. Bob Rockwell.. What it is, where it is, your chances of catching it, drinking Sierra water, etc.. Long bibliography.. Bob invites comments.. You might ask him for a Word copy of the document or print from the pdf formatting on the Sierra Club page because the html formatting for the web version isn't quite as shown in hard copy.. Footnotes come out in pdf as does original formatting, e.. g.. the little critters are 9-15 microns long, not mm.. ! Makes a difference.. Wanna see a really COOL picture of Whitney trail in the winter?!!.. click here.. And the same spot in summer.. Pretty impressive.. Click here.. Links.. Funded in part by the.. United Way.. of Indian Wells Valley.. Snail Mail contact: China Lake Mountain Rescue Group, P.. Box 2037, Ridgecrest, CA 93556; phone in our hut with message capabilities is (760) 939-3363.. To talk with real people, see.. Points of Contact.. This page has been visited.. times since June 7, 1997.. Last updated 4/2014.. Please send updates, comments, and questions to Janet Westbrook at.. janet.. westbrook@clmrg.. org..

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  • Title: CLMRG Points of Contact
    Descriptive info: CLMRG Points of Contact.. the area code is 760.. NOTE:.. you may click on a person's name in order to automatically send them email.. 2014 Officers.. Office.. Person.. Phone#.. President.. Eileen Loughran.. 702 280-1014.. Vice President.. Gina Najera-Niesen.. 760 371-7565.. Secretary.. Debbie Breitenstein.. 760 382-0066.. Treasurer.. Werner Hueber.. 760 375-2165.. MRA Representative.. Mike  ...   Finco.. 760 375-7951.. Training.. Daryl Hinman.. Equipment.. First Aid.. Gina Najera-Niessen.. Qualifications.. Mike Myers, chair.. 760-793-8099.. Sheriff's Office.. Dave Miles.. 760-495-2908.. ASTM Representative.. Dennis Burge.. 760-375-7967.. Emergency Services.. Janet Westbrook.. 760-375-8371.. Summer Class.. Nathan Simons.. 760-375-6940.. Stores.. Carol Burge.. 760-446-7038.. Web Page.. 760 375-8371.. Back to CLMRG Home Page.. Updated 2/1/14 by Janet Westbrook..

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  • Title: Talus Pile Really Old Archives
    Descriptive info: 1969.. August 1969, #1.. October 1969, #2.. December 1969, #3.. 1970.. February 1970, #4.. April 1970, #5.. June 1970 #6.. August 1970, #7.. October 1970, #8.. December 1970, #9.. 1971.. Feruary 1971, #10.. April 1971, #11.. July 1971, #12.. August 1971, #13.. November 1971, #14.. 1972.. January 1972, #15.. March 1972, #16.. May 1972, #17.. July 1972, #18.. October 1972, #19.. December 1972, #20.. 1973.. Febuary 1972, #21.. April 1972, #22.. June 1973, #23.. October 1973, #24.. December 1973, #25.. 1974.. April 1974, #26.. September 1974, #27.. December 1974, #28.. 1975.. February 1975, #29.. April 1975, #30.. July 1975, #31.. 1976.. February 1976, #32.. May 1976, #33.. July 1976, #34.. November 1976, #35.. 1977.. January 1977, #36.. June 1977, #37.. October 1977, #38.. 1978.. January 1978, #39.. June 1978, #40.. October 1978, #41.. 1979.. January 1979, #42.. July 1979,  ...   1984, #57.. November 1984, #58.. 1985.. February 1985, #59.. June 1985, #60.. August 1985, #61.. October 1985, #62.. December 1985, #63.. 1986.. February 1986, #64.. May 1986, #65.. July 1986, #66.. September 1986, #67.. November 1986, #68.. 1987.. February 1987, #69.. April 1987, #70.. June 1987, #71.. September 1987, #72.. December 1987, #73.. 1988.. March 1988, #74.. June 1988, #75.. August 1988, #76.. October 1988, #77.. December 1988, #78.. 1989.. March 1989, #79.. June 1989, #80.. September 1989, #81.. 1990.. February 1990, #82.. May 1990, #83.. August 1990, #84.. 1991.. January 1991, #85.. June 1991, #86.. December 1991, #87.. 1992.. Mar 1992, #88.. July 1992, #89.. November 1992, #90.. 1993.. April 1993, #91.. October 1993, #92.. 1994.. May 1994, #93.. October 1994, #94.. 1995.. March 1995, #95.. July 1995, #96.. November 1995, #97.. 1996.. April 1996, #98.. September 1996, #99..

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  • Title: Talus Pile Archive
    Descriptive info: 1997.. February 1997, #100.. July 1997.. 1998.. January 1998.. March 1998.. July 1998.. Sept.. Nov.. 98 with anniversary report.. 1999.. Feb.. May 1999.. July 1999.. November 1999.. 2000.. February 2000.. April 2000.. June 2000.. August 2000.. October 2000.. 2001.. February 2001.. April 2001.. June 2001.. August 2001.. October 2001.. 2002.. Febuary 2002.. April 2002.. July 2002.. October 2002.. December 2002.. 2003.. February 2003.. May 2003.. October 2003.. 2004.. February 2004.. May 2004..  ...   December 2005 Talus Pile.. 2006.. April 2006.. June 2006.. December 2006.. 2008.. COLORFUL April 2008 Talus Pile.. with 2007 summaries, etc.. September 2008 Talus Pile.. 2009.. May 2009 Talus Pile.. July 2009 Talus Pile.. another colorful pdf creation!.. 2010.. January 2010 Talus Pile.. with a ton of operations reports.. April 2010 Talus Pile.. lots of operations, final 2009 reports.. September 2010 Talus Pile.. a busy summer.. January 2011 Talus Pile.. with 2010 summaries..

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    Descriptive info: Celebrating 50 Years of Search and Rescue Service 1958-2008 The China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (CLMRG) held a 50th Anniversary celebration and banquet on Saturday, October 25, 2008 in Ridgecrest, CA.. Want a copy of all this wonderful stuff? See.. this jpg.. or.. this pdf.. and order a 2 DVD set of Mark Pahuta's video, Al's slide show, and a ton of stuff.. Read one of these flyers.. And we WON!!..

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  • Title: Manual Chapt 1SOP
    Descriptive info: CHAPTER 1.. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.. Abstract.. This chapter discusses the philosophy and operating procedures of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group.. Introduction.. Philosophy.. Organization.. Training and Equipment.. Conduct of Operations.. Public Relations.. History.. Nov 69 Written by Carl Heller.. Jan 78 Revised by Carl Heller, Allen Jones, Lee Lucas, Bob Rockwell.. May 92 Revised by Bob Rockwell, Daryl Hinman, Al Green.. Sep 94 Reviewed by Lee Lucas, Tom Stogsdill, Bob Rockwell, Daryl Hinman, Tom Roseman.. Jan 95 Revised by Al Green, Tom Roseman, Tom Stogsdill.. May 97 Edited by Loren Castro.. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.. INTRODUCTION.. In forming and managing a rescue group, many value judgments must be made.. These judgments involve the type of organization desired, the kinds of operations to accept, and the rules of operation to follow.. A group's ideas will evolve as experience grows and situations change.. This manual contains the current ideas of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (CLMRG).. This chapter defines the Group's philosophy and standard operating procedures.. return to top.. PHILOSOPHY.. The CLMRG formed because of two perceived needs.. It seemed reasonable to us that experienced mountaineers should offer their services to those in trouble in the mountains.. In addition, we wanted a formalized rescue capability to exist for our own aid in case of an accident.. We need to be well prepared.. This requires a good training program.. At the same time, we need to keep members interested and active and not frighten off prospective members with too rigid a qualification structure.. A lot of work is involved, but we don't want members swept away by overdoing things.. Somehow at China Lake, we seem to have struck a good balance between an all-fun mountaineering club and an all-work-and-rules rescue team.. On any actual operation, we must direct our main effort to aiding the person called the victim here we are trying to find or rescue.. Not so obvious, but equally important, are the safety and public relations aspects.. We have found that safety tends to be overlooked when we are trying to save a life.. This tendency is sometimes necessary, but it means that our rules must be clear and more rigidly enforced on operations than on recreational activities.. One aim of a rescue group must be to enjoy a good reputation with the public and with the agencies that control Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.. Without this, the group is not called and its capabilities are not used to perform rescues not even for its own members.. Thus, we must operate so as to inspire confidence in the victim, the victim's family, the legal authorities, and the general public.. One consequence of this is that we must respond to virtually any SAR operation for which the authorities request our aid.. ORGANIZATION.. The Group has changed considerably since its inception in 1958, generally toward more discipline and organization.. Despite the examples of other rescue teams, we are reluctant to give our leaders too much authority or to bind our members to overly strict rules.. The present rules and organization have evolved over a considerable period and appear to be a reasonable compromise.. We have a dual structure one for administration and one for operations.. Although this may seem unnecessarily complicated, it works well.. Operational.. Leaders.. Technical.. Rescue.. Support.. Trainee.. Special.. Skills.. Coordinators.. Administrative.. Officers.. Committees:.. Public.. Education.. Others: MRA representative, Newsletter Editor, Sheriff's meeting representative.. _.. 1.. The members elect the officers.. 2.. The members elect the Qualifications Committee (QC).. 3.. The members rank the potential leaders.. 4.. The QC, using the above data, determines the number of leaders.. 5.. The officers appoint the committees.. 6.. The QC places members in the roster categories.. For administration, elected officers and appointed committees handle training, equipment, finances, public education, and liaison with other groups.. We select officers and committees annually, which gives everyone a chance to share the work.. For operations, elected team leaders run all aspects of field activities.. We elect these leaders annually, and our call roster lists them in their order of ranking by the membership.. We respond on operations only if a leader is available.. Normally, the first leader contacted and able to participate becomes the operation leader.. The Group's call roster lists all members who are qualified and willing to respond on operations.. An elected Qualifications Committee (QC) places members in the proper categories on the roster.. On any Group activity, the highest listed field member on the current call roster is in charge unless other arrangements have been made.. This holds for all operations, training activities, and outings.. This policy throws a lot of responsibility on the leaders, but it reduces disorganized activity that can endanger lives.. Our Group is one of several mountain rescue teams that operate in California.. We belong to the national Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and to the California Region Mountain Rescue Association (CRMRA).. CRMRA sponsors workshops and conferences to improve existing teams' capabilities, tests new teams for proficiency, and promotes the exchange of information and close cooperation among teams in the state.. QUALIFICATIONS.. The QC recommends general qualifications for the Group's approval and places members in the proper categories based on their experience and ability.. Our levels of expertise for field members are Technical, Rescue, and Support.. The appendix to our Group's Bylaws in Chapter 2 briefly describes the qualifications for these categories while Chapter 3 lists and describes them in detail.. All members requalify annually to retain their status.. New applicants are placed in the Trainee category after completing the requirements for acceptance.. As soon as a Trainee has demonstrated dependability and mountaineering potential, we put him on the call roster as a Support member so that he can participate on operations.. Support members can advance to the Rescue level after about two or three years of experience.. Rescue members are mountaineers who assist on technical rescues and participate fully on less technical rescues and searches.. Some Rescue members are former Support members who are working actively to become qualified as Technical members.. Others may be good climbers who do not choose (or may not have the time) to become trained in all SAR skills.. Still others may be former Technical members who no longer maintain the minimum qualifications for Technical status but whose experience and leadership are important on operations.. Advancing from Rescue to Technical usually takes two or three years of active participation in operations, training, and climbing.. Technical members are expected to know how to carry out all phases of technical rescues and searches.. They must be skilled in all of the specialties of first aid, technical climbing and rescue, tracking, search strategy, and leadership.. Coordinators and Special Skills members, are listed separately on the call roster.. Coordinators assist the operation leader in the initial mobilization for an operation by having the roster called for field members to participate.. Coordinators interface with the requesting agencies, the Kern County Sheriff's Office, and the media.. They provide in-town coordination as a home base communication link for liaison and logistics during the course of the operation.. Special Skills members are usually non-mountaineers who possess useful skills for operations such as ham radio operation, telephoning, and medical support.. A Coordinator or Special Skills member must have a current Special Deputy card.. In addition, to participate in other than an at home role, the Coordinator or Special Skills member must have current CPR and first aid cards.. We list each member's special capabilities and resources in separate columns on the roster.. This allows an operation leader to easily communicate his priorities during a callout.. Items listed at the present time indicate ready pack (stored at the rescue hut), rescue climbing lead rating, tracking ability, winter or ski mountaineering qualification, Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) training, and four-wheel-drive vehicle.. These items can change as operational experience indicates the need.. TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT.. All field members are expected to engage in regular aerobic and altitude conditioning exercise and to be active on Group outings, practices, and operations.. Participation in Group climbs is especially encouraged as a means to gain altitude acclimatization, terrain familiarization, and practice in climbing skills and rope handling.. Learning the capabilities, limitations, and demeanor of other Group members is vitally important.. The Group's training program includes training in mountaineering and rock climbing, SAR techniques, and first aid.. In our summer basic mountaineering classes, we try to get people interested in climbing and in the Group.. Our trips into the Sierra Nevada and nearby desert ranges every one or two weeks teach further aspects of mountaineering.. Two or three stretcher practices per year teach rescue techniques and teamwork.. One or two practice searches a year teach search, organization, and tracking skills.. Qualified Group members teach first aid classes under the auspices of the American Red Cross.. The classes are designed to have a mountaineering situation bias.. The best training comes, of course, from actual operations.. Frequently, Rescue members who are working toward Technical status are included in the technical phases of an operation.. This way, they can learn by working with veterans.. Leadership training comes the same way by observing the operation from the inside.. Books on mountaineering and SAR can provide a background.. A list of recommended books can be obtained from the Training Committee.. New members receive a list of recommended personal gear for operations.. They should obtain these items as soon as possible.. Good boots and bivouac gear are necessary for going into the field.. Members are also asked to have a brightly colored parka (preferably orange), an orange shirt, a specified first aid kit, a  ...   why we are staying in base camp and not going into the field immediately is important.. It helps if everyone in base camp is busy.. When base camp is in order and an initial plan is made, teams can then go into the field.. An expanded base camp staff may be needed until all teams arrive and are briefed and in the field.. Initially, base camp is likely to appear to be a very confused place.. Newer members unsure of what to do are best advised to get their packs ready, inventory team resources (technical gear, ropes, tents, food, stoves, etc.. ), and wait for their leader to return with a field assignment.. Each team going into the field needs a field team leader, one or more radios, maps, and someone good at route finding.. A GPS navigational unit should be taken if available.. Each team should be self-sufficient and prepared to render vital aid to the victim.. Aid to the victim is likely to mean (1) food and water at least one canteen just for him, (2) warmth sleeping bag and pad, stove and pots, etc.. , depending on the weather, and (3) first aid each member should carry the prescribed personal first aid kit.. When teams go into the field, base camp coordinates their activities.. Field team leaders must remember to keep base camp informed of their location and progress.. It is more usual to pass too little information than too much.. When radio traffic is low, a team should consider giving its location and plans to base camp in case radio contact is lost later.. Base camp always welcomes ideas and suggestions from teams in the field.. Radio messages should be thought out in advance to keep the radio net from being overloaded.. Search teams should not try to rush but should be careful and thorough.. Even advance teams on a rescue should go carefully enough to avoid getting off route or missing the victim.. The operation leader and other team leaders usually ask for opinions before acting.. A leader, however, is not expected to debate his decisions during the operation.. Unless safety is a factor, members should follow the leader's decisions faithfully.. The operation leader should bear in mind that the sheriff's deputy or park ranger has the final say on most matters.. Once we have voiced our opinion, it is usually wise not to persist if he disagrees.. Remember that he has very definite responsibilities that we must respect.. We can refuse any dangerous mission, but it is worthwhile for the operation leader to explain carefully why an assignment may be too dangerous.. If news reporters appear, the responsible officer or the operation leader usually designates one person to brief them.. Other rescuers should not discuss the operation with anyone unknown to them.. In particular, nothing derogatory concerning the victim, his companions, other rescue teams, or the legal authorities should be voiced.. JOINT OPERATIONS.. When other mountain rescue teams are involved, a single joint operation leader is chosen to direct the operation.. Normally, he will be the leader of the first team called or the leader of the home organization.. Our operation leader should stay in base camp to help run the operation and to act as liaison for our Group.. If he chooses to go into the field, he should designate another Group leader as base camp liaison.. Only if our team is very small should this be neglected.. We normally have an area or task assigned to our Group with our leaders in charge of our members in the field.. On joint operations, we follow the joint operation procedures adopted by the CRMRA.. Our leaders are expected to know these procedures and to keep a copy in their notebooks.. IN THE FIELD.. For safety, no one travels or acts alone.. If any one member gets separated, the entire operation switches to finding him.. We hope that the knowledge that this will happen is enough to discourage lone adventurers.. Another safety rule is that no one is asked to climb beyond his level of confidence.. Also, all anchors, brake setups, and litter riggings are checked by a designated safety officer before use.. Whenever a large team is about to divide into smaller separate teams, members should sit down and discuss plans.. Each team leader should be sure that his intentions are known by the other leaders and by the operation leader.. Then he should follow his plan.. A log should be kept at base camp and by each team leader to record the dispatching of field teams (including names and radio numbers), loans of equipment, radio messages, significant events, and volunteered information with name, address, and phone number of the informant.. EVACUATION.. When the victim is reached, the team leader must think about treatment and evacuation.. He should not try to do these jobs himself but should designate other rescuers to be responsible.. A vital thing to consider is communication.. The more base camp knows, the more it can help, and the less chance that unnecessary and dangerous activities will be initiated.. (Remember, for example, that each helicopter flight into the mountains carries some risk.. ) The best rule is to keep base camp fully informed.. The team leader should assign one rescuer to stay with the victim (one for each victim) throughout the evacuation to render first aid as needed.. This is far better than having several rescuers all trying to help.. He can learn the victim's needs and explain any delays.. Also, he can monitor and record vital signs.. If a helicopter evacuation is planned, he can explain to the victim what to expect.. The stretcher must be set up rapidly, since much of first aid consists of getting the victim into a warm sleeping bag and into the stretcher.. Simultaneously, teams need to scout the route for evacuation.. Picking a good route and setting anchors properly requires highly experienced rescuers.. RETURN HOME.. The operation is not over until all teams are out of the field and back home and all equipment is returned to the hut in ready condition.. The operation leader is responsible for seeing that all gear is returned and properly stored and that final reporting is completed.. Also, he should inform the Quartermaster of any non-functioning or worn equipment (including maps).. CRITIQUE AND REPORT.. After the operation, the operation leader must write several reports.. He should fill out the Group operation report immediately.. If the operation caused members to miss work, the leader must write an excused time request.. He should note who drove and how far so the drivers can be reimbursed.. He should write a narrative report including lessons learned if appropriate for the Talus Pile.. He should document mountaineering accidents on the American Alpine Club's form for their annual survey.. All these reports should be filed with the QC.. After reviewing the reports, the QC distributes them.. A critique is especially important for complicated or controversial operations.. The operation leader should consider contacting the other groups involved, including the officer in charge.. In addition to getting information, these contacts can clear up any outstanding problems or misunderstandings.. Normally, a critique is held at the next Group meeting.. Any ideas for improving operations and any problems encountered should be aired at this time.. The Talus Pile report and search and accident reports can be modified after this critique to take advantage of the discussion.. However, the reports should be timely.. A stress debrief should be considered after any operation that involves an unsuccessful search or a body recovery.. Critical stress debriefs should be led by experienced facilitators and counselors, who are available at the Desert Counseling Center.. PUBLIC RELATIONS.. Volunteer groups such as ours are subject to unheralded demise, so we must regularly let people know that we are still around and active.. A good public relations program depends on being able to perform as expected.. The program thus starts with an examination of what we promise.. Our circulars to legal authorities must be clear and honest.. We must avoid any appearance of boasting or of making promises we cannot keep.. Fund raising depends on public recognition of our worth.. We have a Public Education committee whose function is to organize demonstrations and presentations about the Group.. No harm results from letting it be known that we will accept donations.. An equally important function of this committee is to reach potential victims with our safety education program before they get into trouble.. On operations, we must appear as professional as we are.. The uniform shirt and parka are part of this appearance.. Neatness of our base camp is important.. Our behavior must be above reproach, particularly regarding the fate of the victim.. Members should be very careful with off-hand remarks around base camp.. One careless comment overheard by someone outside the Group could jeopardize years of work in building a good working relationship with the authorities, with other rescue teams, and with the public.. Publicity about operations should be fair to everyone involved.. We should never release a report critical of other organizations unless the entire Group has so voted.. Almost always, we are only part of an operation and act under the authority of some legally responsible agency.. Any news release should mention under whose authority we were called.. We should credit all participating groups accurately.. On a search, we normally do not credit the specific person or team who actually finds the victim because the success of the operation depends on the contributions of everyone involved.. 1 May 97..

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  • Title: ManualChapat2.html
    Descriptive info: CHAPTER 2.. BYLAWS OF THE CHINA LAKE MOUNTAIN RESCUE GROUP.. This chapter presents the Bylaws that govern the operation of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group.. Written:.. February 1967.. Revised:.. December 1974.. January 1995.. June 1997.. November 2005.. The China Lake Mountain Rescue Group was formed in 1958 in response to a request from local law enforcement agencies and was incorporated under the laws of the State of California in 1967.. It is.. a member of the national Mountain Rescue Association and of the California Region Mountain Rescue Association.. It is a volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) public service organization dedicated to saving lives through rescue and public safety education.. Its primary operating area is the eastern Sierra Nevada and the nearby desert mountains.. It performs rescue operations in any terrain or weather conditions.. Its educational functions include teaching wilderness safety to the public, teaching first aid, and instructing members and interested persons in safe climbing and mountaineering practices.. BYLAWS.. ARTICLE I.. IDENTIFICATION.. Section 1.. Name.. The name of this organization is the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (CLMRG-also called the Group).. The Group shall be a division of the Kern County Sheriff's Department (KCSD) Search and Rescue (SAR) organization.. Section 2.. Purpose.. The purpose.. of the Group shall be to maintain an organized group of experienced mountain SAR personnel to assist the KCSD, the Office of Emergency Services (OES) of the State of California (the State), and other governmental agencies as requested in conducting SAR operations.. In addition, the Group will offer mountaineering safety classes to the general public and specific mountaineering skill classes as requested by other organizations.. Section 3.. Authority.. All members of the Group shall be subject to these Bylaws.. In all matters of conflict, members are subject to all applicable laws and ordinances, KCSD policies, KCSD SAR guidelines, California Region Mountain Rescue Association (CRMRA) practices, and these Bylaws in that order.. ARTICLE II AFFILIATIONS.. County.. The Group.. shall be affiliated with the Sheriff of the County of Kern (the County) as a.. team of volunteers to provide SAR services in mountains and as otherwise directed by the Sheriff or his representatives.. State.. shall be affiliated with the OES of the State of California (the State) through the Sheriff to respond to requests for mutual aid within the State.. The Group is a member of the CRMRA.. National.. is affiliated with the MRA and may be affiliated with the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) for the benefits of membership and for certification of SAR training programs.. Section 4.. Uniforms.. The Group shall wear the MRA-approved orange shirt with proper insignia on it including a name plate, CLMRG patch, KCSD patch, and MRA patch located on the shirt in accordance with Group policy and procedures.. No non-member shall be able to use the CLMRG patch in any manner.. Only the Group shall specify other uniform requirements.. ARTICLE III.. MEMBERSHIP.. Members.. A person who wants to assist in the Group's SAR functions may request consideration to become a member by contacting a member of the Qualifications Committee (QC).. After approval by the QC, the person shall be considered an Applicant and shall begin the process to be certified by the KCSD.. At the completion of the KCSD certification and after being sworn in as a special deputy by the KCSD, the Applicant shall be placed in one of six member categories: Technical, Rescue, Support, Trainee, Coordinator, or Special Skills.. Qualifications for each category are appended to these Bylaws.. Members, except Trainees, may hold office and vote on Group business and are liable for assessments.. Sustaining members.. All persons who further the aims of the Group by contributing financial or material support become sustaining members.. Sustaining members are not liable for assessments and do not vote or hold office.. Sustaining members receive copies of.. The Talus Pile.. , the Group's newsletter.. Sustaining memberships are renewable annually at the discretion of the Public Education Committee.. Honorary members.. The Group's Board of Directors (BOD-also called the Board) may, with approval by the membership, designate any individual as an honorary member in recognition of exceptional past contributions to the aims of the Group.. Honorary membership is non-voting, for life, and not subject to dues or assessments.. Honorary members receive copies of.. Any member may propose candidates for the honorary membership category.. The Group will vote via a secret ballot on the acceptance of any individual as an honorary member.. The determination of honorary membership shall be decided by a simple majority vote of the members present and voting.. Liabilities.. Group membership shall not place any financial responsibility or liability on the Board, other Group members, or the County of Kern or its elected officials, officers, or employees for personal equipment or property used in the performance of SAR activities.. Section 5.. Termination of membership.. Voluntary resignation, actions in violation of KCSD policies and procedures, actions in violation of the Group's policies and procedures as determined by the QC, or prolonged inactivity shall be reasons for termination of membership.. A terminated member must submit a letter of resignation to the KCSD and turn in all materials that belong to the KCSD (patches, identification) and the Group (hut key, pagers).. It the terminated member does not submit a letter of resignation within 30 days of termination, the QC shall submit a letter of termination to the KCSD.. Section 6.. Concealed weapons permits.. Membership in the Group shall not be used as justification to obtain a concealed weapons permit.. ARTICLE IV.. OFFICERS.. The officers of the Group shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and MRA Representative.. Nominations.. The President shall appoint a nominating committee, which shall make nominations for all offices and report at the November business meeting.. Any member prior to the election may make additional nominations.. Elections.. Officers shall be elected annually by written secret ballot at the December business meeting.. The election shall be decided by a simple majority vote of the members present and voting.. The terms of the officers shall begin immediately following adjournment of the meeting at which they are elected.. Vacancies.. If the office of President becomes vacant, the Vice President shall become President and shall appoint a member to be Vice President for the unexpired term.. Other offices that become vacant during the year shall be filled for the unexpired term by a member appointed by the President.. Duties of the President.. The President shall call meetings of the Group and of the Board, preside at meetings of the.. Group and of the Board, appoint the members of all committees except the QC, and perform all.. the administrative duties incidental to this office.. Duties of the Vice President.. The Vice President shall chair the Training Schedule Committee and be responsible for other duties as assigned by the President.. In the absence or incapacity of the President, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President.. Section 7.. Duties of the Secretary.. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings of the Group and of the Board, attend to necessary correspondence of the Group, and maintain copies of the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws.. The minutes shall be exhibited to any member at any reasonable time on request.. Section 8.. Duties of the Treasurer.. The Treasurer shall have care and custody of all the Group funds and securities and shall deposit them, except for petty funds, in the name of the Group in such FDIC- or NCUA-insured financial institutions as the Board may direct.. The Treasurer shall keep records of income and expenditures and shall exhibit the books and accounts to any member at any reasonable time.. The Treasurer shall prepare and submit to the appropriate agency whatever fiscal report or application the Board deems necessary.. The Treasurer shall file all county, state, and federal tax and other forms required each year.. Section 9.. Duties of the Mountain Rescue  ...   Group shall maintain a presence on the World Wide Web as a means of communication with its members, with other MRA teams, and with the public in general and publish a newsletter,.. ARTICLE VIII.. SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS.. Response.. The Group responds to requests for SAR operations received from responsible agencies with the permission of the KCSD and with a mission number from the OES.. When a request is not initiated directly by such agencies, a Leader shall notify the KCSD cognizant authority at the onset of the operation and proceed only when an OES number is obtained.. Operation Leaders.. A Leader can accept responsibility for any SAR operation and become an Operation Leader (OL).. The OL shall direct the Group's portion of an operation and commit authorized Group resources as necessary.. The OL shall designate the members on the operation to be the field team leaders that lead special field assignments.. Operation Procedures.. Operations procedures are listed in the Group's Manual.. The Leaders shall review and update operations procedures as required to ensure that they conform to the Joint Operations Procedures of the CRMRA.. Responsibilities.. The OL and the field team leaders shall expect and receive the complete cooperation of the Group members throughout an operation.. Any member not willing to accept the authority of the leaders involved should so state prior to deployment into the field.. The OL shall resolve the difficulty or terminate the member's participation in the operation.. This does not preclude members from exercising final authority over matters that concern their personal safety.. Spouses, children, and friends of members and other non-members shall not be allowed on any Group operation or training activity but are welcome at meetings and social gatherings.. Being under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substances (drugs) precludes a member from participation in any operation.. Leader-Coordinator meeting.. The Leader at the top of the current Call Roster is responsible for scheduling the annual Leader-Coordinator meeting and for preparing the Duty Roster at the meeting.. This meeting should take place in early April to discuss items of interest and to assign Leaders for the summer class trips.. ARTICLE IX.. GROUP ACTIVITY LEADERSHIP.. On any Group activity, the highest listed field member on the current Call Roster shall be in charge unless other arrangements have been made in advance.. ARTICLE X.. MEETINGS.. Business Meetings.. Business meetings of the Group shall be held monthly at a time and place set by the President and approved by the membership.. Special Meetings.. Special meetings of the Group may be called by the President or upon request by five members setting forth the reasons for the meeting.. One-third of the membership, one of whom is an officer, shall constitute a quorum to conduct Group business.. Voting.. Proxy and absentee voting shall not be allowed in any matter of Group business.. Conduct of meetings.. Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of all meetings.. ARTICLE XI.. AMENDMENTS.. These Bylaws may be amended when the proposed amendment is reviewed by the Board, presented to the Group membership at least two weeks before a scheduled meeting, and approved by two-thirds majority vote of the members present and voting at the meeting.. APPENDIX TO BYLAWS.. MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS.. An Applicant is a prospective member who is not eligible to go on operations but is actively pursuing the KCSD approval requirements (physical examination, background investigation, fingerprinting, swearing into KCSD volunteer services for SAR).. Applicants are not members, do not vote, and do not hold office.. Applicants who have not been approved by the KCSD within six months from the date they are approved for their physical examination will generally be dropped from consideration for membership in the Group, although that action may be deferred for good reason.. A.. is a new member who is not eligible to go on operations but is actively acquiring the necessary equipment and learning the minimum skills for operational participation.. Trainees do not vote and do not hold office.. Trainees who have not advanced to one of the other membership categories within six months will generally be dropped from the Group, although that action may be deferred for good reason.. Support member.. must possess proper equipment to camp at a remote base camp and have the physical conditioning to spend a long day in the field.. A Support member must have demonstrated the ability to help on non-technical operations.. Participation in at least one scheduled Group overnight trip is required before a Trainee can become a Support member.. The Rescue Qualifications checklist, consisting of ten skill categories, is provided to guide the progress of Support members working to attain Rescue or Technical status.. Rescue member.. is a skilled mountaineer who is expected to assist in the field on any operation for which the Group is called.. A Rescue member must be competent in roughly half of the first nine skill categories on the Technical Qualifications checklist.. The tenth category is winter and is optional for both Rescue and Technical categories.. While a considerable variation of the mix of skills is permitted, physical condition, equipment, First Aid, and participation are considered essential.. Technical member.. is experienced and capable in a broad range of mountaineering and SAR skills.. A Technical member must be competent in all of the first nine skill categories.. In addition to the skills mentioned above for Rescue, technical climbing and rescue, search and tracking, maps and route finding, helicopter techniques, and organization and leadership are required.. Although winter is optional, it is strongly encouraged because the Group is expected to accomplish SAR operations in winter conditions.. Coordinator.. handles the callout and coordination of operations.. The Coordinator must understand the Group's operational procedures and interface with the OL, the KCSD, and the requesting agency.. Special Skills.. member possesses some skill deemed important to the Group by the QC.. The.. inactive category.. is not a permanent category for Group members.. The inactive category allows for interruption of active involvement and immediate return to one of the membership categories for justifiable reasons.. The QC determines if and when a member can go into the inactive category and the length of time the member is allowed to remain in the inactive category.. Inactive members remain members of the Group.. An annual requalification is conducted to ascertain which members have kept their skills and participation current.. The QC can make some allowances, but ultimately, the Call Roster must be an accurate reflection of a member's ability to operate in the field.. The ability to climb well and knowledge of the local mountains are of prime importance to the Group.. Every member should do some class 4 or 5 rock climbing and several strenuous mountain climbs each year.. Participation on scheduled Group trips is particularly encouraged since climbing with other members contributes to an awareness of each other's strengths and limitations and enables more effective cooperation on searches and rescues.. The QC must use subjective judgments as well as their checklist in classifying members.. Basically, the Group needs experienced mountaineers with mature judgment and demonstrated rescue skills.. It can also use people with special skills who do not have the time or interest to become (or remain) competent in all the required skills.. Members with questions about their status or training needs should ask any member of the QC for counsel and request needed practices or courses from the Training Committee.. ROSTERS.. The Call Roster lists Group members by category-Leader, Coordinator, Technical, Rescue, Support, Trainee, and Special Skills-and indicates their special qualifications and abilities.. It also lists Applicants and Inactive members and indicates how to contact the Group.. The Duty Roster, prepared every year by the Leader at the top of the Call Roster (if deemed necessary), assigns duty weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day to all the Leaders to ensure that the Group has the appropriate leadership for operations as they arise..

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    Descriptive info: CHAPTER 3.. QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.. This chapter defines the technical qualifications and discusses the training requirements of the membership categories.. Qualifications and Training by category of membership.. Qualification Checklists by category.. Annual Activity Requirements.. Winter Bivouac.. China Lake Shirt Policy.. China Lake Rescue and Technical Qualification Checklist.. - how to move up on the roster.. Recommended Climbs.. Individual Equipment list for Operations.. Mountaineer Personal First Aid Kit list.. Mountaineer's Bookshelf.. Scheduled Training.. 1991 Written by Bob Rockwell, Daryl Hinman, Al Green.. Feb 95 Revised by Al Green, Tom Roseman, Tom Stogsdill.. Other chapters in this manual describe resources and techniques that the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (CLMRG) uses, such as technical rescue, Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), and helicopter.. It makes sense to also include a chapter on our most important resource: the member.. The Group as a whole decides what categories of membership are appropriate and also the general requirements for these categories (these are appended to the Group's Bylaws).. The Qualifications Committee (QC) implements specific requirements for the members to qualify for these categories.. The Training Committee (TC) schedules appropriate training events to allow members to meet these requirements.. This chapter describes the different categories of membership in the Group and what is expected of members in these categories.. We give the requirements for attaining each category and describe the annual minimum requirements for remaining in that category.. Exhibits at the end of this chapter expand on this material.. The information presented here applies to our operational membersthose who participate directly in search and rescue (SAR) operations.. However, our non-operational activities (such as public education and teaching SAR skills to our field members) are important to the overall effectiveness of the Group.. No specific requirements are established for participation in non-operational events, but we rely on each member to do his share.. GENERAL.. The knowledge of each member's capabilities is essential to get the proper blend of skills required for field teams on SAR operations.. To fulfill this need, the Group has Support, Rescue, Technical, and Leader categories on the call roster for the field team members.. In addition, we list such skills as rescue climbing, tracking, winter, ELT, and others as needed.. We list Coordinators and Special Skills personnel as non-field members, and we list Trainees who are working toward full membership.. The cloth patches on our uniform shirts and parkas describe our members' qualifications to others.. We use the CLMRG and Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) patches, Kern County patch, and first aid patches.. These are attached to the uniforms as described in Exhibit 3-1 (CLMRG Shirt Policy).. We also use a helicopter decal on our helmets.. The Group needs experienced mountaineers with mature judgment and rescue skills.. We also need members who have neither the time nor the interest to become (or remain) competent in all the required skills.. Exhibit 3-2 (CLMRG Rescue and Technical Qualification Checklist) lets members measure their capabilities and growth against the Group's standards.. Exhibit 3 (Recommended Climbs for CLMRG Members) lists the areas and mountains where we expect to have most of our operations.. We encourage members to become familiar with them.. Members with questions about their status or training needs should feel free to ask any member of the QC for counsel and the TC for the needed practices and courses.. Some allowances can be made, but ultimately the call roster must accurately reflect each member's capability to operate in the field.. The ability to climb well, and the knowledge of local mountains, is of prime importance to the Group.. Every member should do at least some class 4 or 5.. 0 rock climbing and several strenuous mountain ascents each year.. Climbing with members of the Group on scheduled Group trips is particularly encouraged because it contributes to an awareness of each other's strengths and limitations.. This enables more effective cooperation on rescues and searches.. TRAINEE.. A Trainee is a person who has submitted an application to join the Group and whose application has been accepted by the QC.. Trainees are not full members of the Group; they become so upon admission to an operational category usually Support.. If they have not advanced to operational status in 6 months, they are usually dropped.. The Trainee category provides a bridge to full membership.. Before a person is accepted as a Trainee, he must have submitted the required paperwork and demonstrated additional interest in membership.. A successful background check by the Kern County Sheriff's Office is a prerequisite to becoming a Trainee.. Because a Trainee is not yet a field member, he is not eligible to be called on operations.. He is, however, encouraged to participate in other Group activities, such as meetings and certain trips and training events.. Of course, a trip or training event leader always has the final word on judging a person's qualification for participation in any activity that requires special experience or equipment.. If the trip organizer (the person listed on the schedule as the contact) has doubts about a person who wants to go, he should check with either the trip leader (a member going on the trip who is listed highest on the roster) or with a member of the QC.. A Trainee's advancement to full membership status requires demonstration of the minimum skills needed for the target category.. For Support, this means being able to camp at a remote base camp and to assist on non-technical operations.. In general, the person must be in good enough physical condition to spend a long day in the field.. Advancement also requires demonstration that he will be a responsible member of the Group.. The Group must know and be confident of every member's abilities.. A Trainee should work to become a Support member.. The QC regularly considers the Trainees and their activities with the Group.. Scheduled trips and training events are particularly important for someone preparing to be a field member on the call roster.. This participation demonstrates the Trainee's abilities and gives him an opportunity to become acquainted with the Group and gain familiarity with the way we function.. Satisfactory performance on at least one scheduled overnight mountain climb is required.. This allows observation of the person's physical condition in the mountains and the quality of his hiking and camping gear.. His ability to follow directions and his level of common sense can also be reasonably assessed on an overnight trip.. It is important that the Trainee makes sure that the QC is aware of his participation in the activity.. The Trainee should remind the trip leader to report the event and his participation.. SUPPORT.. Support members assist, primarily, on non-technical operations.. They must have the equipment to camp at a remote base camp and the physical condition to spend a long day in the field.. Exhibit 3-4 (Equipment List for Operations) contains all the items the fully equipped member needs, and the Support member should strive to purchase the articles as soon as possible.. This list was made by considering the multi-faceted requirements of safe mountaineering practices and the combined experience of many past operations.. It represents a reasonable trade-off among the conflicting requirements of utility, weight, safety, and cost for the well-equipped field member.. A cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card and at least a Standard First Aid card must be obtained before becoming a Support member, and these skills must be maintained.. Exhibit 3-5 (Climber's First Aid Kit) lists the required emergency medical items.. Every field member is expected to have at least the items in this kit on all operations.. Each individual kit may not be very effective in itself, but several kits combined create an adequate kit for most problems.. The QC has compiled a list of suggested reading materials in Exhibit 3-6 (Mountain Rescuer's Bookshelf).. Exhibit 3-2 (CLMRG Rescue and Technical Qualification Checklist) is intended to guide the progress of Support members working to attain Rescue or Technical status.. RESCUE.. Rescue members are mountaineers.. They are expected to assist in the field on any SAR operation the Group is called on.. A Rescue member must be competent in roughly half of the first nine skill categories on the Rescue and Technical Qualification Checklist.. Considerable variation in the mix of skills is permitted.. The following, however, are considered essential: Physical Condition, Equipment, First Aid (see Chapter 7), and Participation.. Also, some of the elements of the remaining skills are essential for the Rescue member.. All skill items that are required for becoming a Rescue member are highlighted on the checklist.. The remaining items, to make up approximately half of the entire checklist, are an individual choice.. Rescue members must be comfortable on class 4 rock, experienced in roped climbing, and competent (T3) trackers.. TECHNICAL.. Technical members are experienced and capable in a broad range of climbing and SAR skills, with the emphasis on high-angle rescue.. A Technical member must be competent in all the first nine skill categories on the checklist.. In addition to the skills mentioned above for Rescue, the following are added: Technical Climbing and Rescue, Search and Tracking, Maps and Route Finding, Helicopter Techniques, and Organization and Leadership.. Winter is optional, but it is strongly encouraged because the Group is expected to accomplish winter SAR operations under severe storm conditions.. LEADER.. Operation Leaders (usually simply Leaders ) are selected from the Technical and Rescue members and ranked annually by the voting members (all members except Trainees and those Special Skills members who do not mobilize for operations).. The QC decides how many Leaders the Group will have each year.. Leaders are responsible for accepting a SAR request for the Group, determining the type of response called for, leading the effort until its completion, and performing the necessary wrap-up including reporting.. Leadership skills are gained by individual study, seminars, and practical experience.. All Leaders must be able to lead any kind of SAR operation that we are called for.. Each member team of the MRA identifies which of its Operation Leaders will be Joint MRA Operation Leaders those capable of leading an overall search or rescue operation involving several mountain rescue teams.. While over the years the Group has had different criteria for selecting its Joint MRA Operation Leaders, currently all of our Leaders are defined to be so qualified.. COORDINATOR.. The main role of the Coordinator is to perform in-town communication and coordination functions for an operation.. The Coordinator is the primary assistant to the Operation Leader during the startup phase.. The Coordinator receives information, makes suggestions to ensure that nothing is overlooked, and provides the communication link between the Leader and other entities that are or will be involved in the operation.. This includes contacting members to describe the situation and ascertain their availability, requesting other teams and other resources, planning for backup teams, and dealing with agency representatives and the news media.. In the ideal situation, the Operation Leader is then able to concentrate on getting ready and planning for our response without being concerned with the details of information flow.. When no regular Coordinator is available for an operation, a Leader who cannot go may assume that role.. SPECIAL SKILLS.. Special Skills members are Support members who may or may not go into the field but who possess important skills that can be useful during many operations.. They include telephoners, base camp personnel, HAM operators, medical personnel, and others of value to the Group.. Having a Coordinator or Special Skills member leave home to participate in an operation might be useful for many reasons.. This participation must have the specific prior approval of the Operation Leader, and the role of this member in the operation is decided by the Operation Leader.. This member must be prepared to function in the designated role and be an asset to the operation.. The minimum requirement is to be adequately equipped (.. e.. ,.. food, clothing, sleeping gear) to be comfortable in a primitive base camp.. This member must have a current Special Deputy card and current CPR and first aid cards.. QUALIFICATION CHECKLISTS.. Exhibit 3-2 (CLMRG Rescue and Technical Qualification Checklist), consisting of 10 skill categories, is intended to guide the progress of Support members working to attain Rescue or Technical status.. (The 10th category is Winter, which is optional for both Rescue and Technical.. ).. TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION CHECKLIST.. This checklist is primarily for use by Support and Rescue members as they work toward Technical qualification.. It itemizes the skill categories expected for a Technical member.. It can also be used by Technical members who want to check their skills against the current Group standards.. No strict interpretation of Rescue status is defined because different members advance in different skills.. To achieve Rescue status, members must become fully proficient in at least half the skills on the checklist, which must include Physical Condition, Equipment, First Aid, and Participation.. These skills are highlighted as are elements of other skills that are also considered essential for Rescue members.. Support members should generally try to attain Rescue status within two years and Technical status within another two years.. Exhibit 3-7 (Scheduled Training Activities) is a compilation of available training events organized according to the skill categories given below.. All members are encouraged to improve in areas of personal interest and to attain high levels of skill and knowledge in these specialties.. The call roster lists specialties such as rock climbing, tracking, and winter mountaineering.. The following are the items on the checklist and suggestions for achieving mastery of them:.. Physical Condition.. Maintain excellent aerobic condition.. Be able to carry a heavy pack.. Maintain good body strength and try to maintain good altitude conditioning.. An appropriate test for physical conditioning for mountaineers is to be able to ascend Mt.. Whitney in under six hours by the trail or the Mountaineer's Route.. Technical Climbing and Rescue.. Complete the Group's basic mountaineering course.. Make enough class 4 and 5 roped climbs, particularly in the mountains, to be familiar with rope handling and anchor placement techniques.. Ascend a fixed rope.. Climb snow and ice routes using ice axe, rope, ice screws, flukes, and crampons.. Practice arrests.. Cut a bollard.. Learn and practice aid climbing.. Place a bolt.. Tie off and retrieve a fallen climbing partner.. Take a stretcher class.. Participate in stretcher practices to learn rescue techniques.. Be able to rig a stretcher, a three-point anchor, and brake and mechanical advantage systems by yourself.. As a stretcher attendant, climb above the stretcher with ascenders or Prusik slings.. Search and Tracking.. Learn and practice tracking techniques.. Do sign cutting exercises.. Study search methods to become familiar with hasty search, confinement, and line search techniques.. Participate in search case study exercises.. Learn search organization.. Maps and Route Finding.. Learn to use topographic, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service maps.. Be able to locate yourself on the map and to describe this location by radio.. Know how to triangulate using visual or L-PER bearings.. Learn to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) units and how to report your location to base camp.. Be familiar with the areas and mountains on the Group's list, and climb the popular routes.. Obtain personal items on the equipment list.. Learn and practice the assembly, use, and storage of the  ...   members must become proficient in at least half the skills listed, which must include categories 1, 5, 7, and 8.. Other skills specifically required for Rescue status are identified by asterisks.. Support members should generally try to attain Rescue status within two years.. Members may choose to remain in Rescue but are encouraged to improve in the remaining areas to achieve Technical status.. This checklist should also be used by Technical members to check their skills against the current Group standards.. PHYSICAL CONDITION.. Some exercises, with scores to strive for, are suggested below.. Scores attained by some members of Group are noted in parentheses.. Other demonstrations of current physical condition can be accepted.. AEROBIC:.. Time for three-mile run.. 24 min.. (18 min.. ____________.. Time up Lone Butte, no pack.. 25 min.. (16 min.. Time up Lone Butte, 50 lb pack.. 40 min.. (32 min.. Time up Mt.. Whitney Trail.. 6 hr.. (3.. 2 hr.. ANAEROBIC:.. Sit-ups in two minutes.. 60 (80).. STRENGTH:.. Pull-ups.. 10 (20).. TECHNICAL CLIMBING AND RESCUE.. Climbing and rescue skills to achieve.. Check each item when you feel competent.. *Prusik, jumar.. ____.. Piton use.. Step cutting.. Partner tie-off.. *Cam use.. *Ice axe belay.. Partner retrieval.. Aid climbing.. Ice screw use.. *Chock use.. Cut bollard.. Snow fluke use.. Bolt use.. *Ice axe arrest.. *Crampon use.. Ice climbing.. List the dates of Rock Skills Classes List the dates of Snow Skills Classes/Practices.. Ascending/descending __________ Self-arrest __________.. Self-rescue __________ Crampon use __________.. Aid Climbing __________ Snow Anchors __________.. List multi-pitch roped climbs, at least 5.. 0, as defined for annual requirements.. (10 for Technical; 5 for Rescue):.. __________________________________________________________________________.. _________________________________________________________________________.. I feel that my climbing lead capability is now: Free _______Aid _______.. The best times to practice the rescue skills listed below are on stretcher practices.. When learned, many of the items can be checked off at the hut with a few other members or alone.. *Stretcher rigging.. *Victim tie-in.. *Ascend above stretcher.. *Attendant tie-in.. *Brake system.. *Three-point equalizer.. *Stretcher belay.. *Simple Z MA.. Snow stretcher practice.. *List dates of three stretcher practices:.. __________________________________________________________________.. SEARCH AND TRACKING.. Read.. Mantracking.. Search organization course.. *Tracking practice, 7 hours.. *Perimeter cutting exercise.. *Basic tracking course.. *Read tracking chapter CLMRG manual.. ELT workshop.. ELT field exercise.. *Attend a case study seminar or search practice.. MAPS AND ROUTE FINDING.. * a.. Map skills can best be checked by doing some problems in triangulation and location description.. Map and Compass course taken on _____________.. * b.. Familiarity with the UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) coordinate system.. _____________.. * c.. Familiarity with latitude/longitude coordinate system.. d.. Route finding can be tested only in the field on climbs.. Familiarity can be presumed from having climbed the route.. Mark up a copy of the RECOMMENDED CLIMBS FOR CLMRG MEMBERS (located in the Manual) to indicate those you have done.. List these climbs below (10 for Technical; 5 for Rescue):.. __________________________________________________________________________________.. _________________________________________________________________________________.. EQUIPMENT.. a.. PERSONAL GEAR Check your personal gear against the EQUIPMENT LIST FOR OPERATIONS.. List the items you need: ___________________________________________________________________________________.. ___________________________________________________________________________________.. Do you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle? Yes_____ No_____.. Do you have a ready pack in the hut? Yes_____ No_____.. b.. Group GEAR You should know how to assemble, use, and repack all the Group gear.. (i.. e.. , be comfortable in the use of all the equipment listed below).. MSR stove ________ List base radios that you can operate:.. * Stretcher ________ __________________________________.. * Stretcher wheel ________ __________________________________.. Beam antenna ________ __________________________________.. Omni antenna ________ __________________________________.. * Attend radio hut night ________ __________________________________.. Operate change batteries in L-PER, Set up PT-400 for helicopter use _____.. (DF for ELT) _________ Program Icom H-16 _____.. List group tents that you have assembled: Change batteries in the following radios:.. __________________________________ __________________________________.. Operate program GPS units ________.. HELICOPTER TECHNIQUES.. * Read CLMRG manual chapter.. * Helicopter practice.. * Rig stretcher for helicopter lift.. Horse collar practice.. FIRST AID.. * Current CPR card and Community First Aid for all field members.. Date of First Aid card ______ Familiarity with:.. Type of First Aid card ______ Blood pressure kit _____.. Date of CPR card ______ Traction splints _____.. Type of CPR card ______ Zee extrication device _____.. Date of last Group annual review ______ Oxygen equipment _____.. Ambu bag _____.. Group First Aid kits: (unpack, inspect, and repack for familiarity): _____.. PARTICIPATION.. The emphasis here is on activities with Group.. The operations should be field operations with significant participation.. The climbs must be overnighters and can be the same ones you make for the Technical, Route Finding, or Winter categories (10 each for Technical; 5 each for Rescue):.. Mountain Climbs.. ______________________________________.. ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP.. Knowing everyone's capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses is important.. With a current call roster in hand, ask yourself which members you know well, slightly, or not at all.. * Take Group seminar on organization and procedures.. _____.. * Read CLMRG manual chapter on Operation Leadership.. Read CRMRA joint operations procedures.. Read other literature (see recommended list):.. WINTER (Optional).. List three overnight mountain climbs under winter conditions (significant, committing climbs).. ________________________________________________________________________________.. Have winter gear (see equipment list) _____.. Own an avalanche transceiver _____.. Participate in snow stretcher practice _____.. Participate in avalanche seminar _____.. Participate in winter bivouac trip _____.. Camp on snow; melt snow for water _____.. Build and use igloo or snow cave _____.. Use ice axe and crampons _____.. Use snow and ice anchors _____.. Set up Group tents in the field _____.. Use snowshoes _____.. RECOMMENDED CLIMBS FOR CLMRG MEMBERS.. The areas and climbs listed here are where we can expect to have search and rescue operations.. Members should become familiar with the roadheads, trails, and routes in both summer and winter.. The technical difficulties span the range from walking roads to climbing with aid, so everyone should be able to find something for his or her taste in climbing.. When climbing, observe the route and region in terms of possible searches or rescues.. For example, try to imagine where people might get into trouble and then think how the victim might be rescued from the various spots.. Consider that the rescue might occur under clear or stormy conditions and during the day or night.. Climbing Areas: Walker Pass to Sawtooth Peak; Langley to Williamson;.. Panamints; Kern Plateau; Kern River Canyon; Palisades; Onion Valley Peaks.. Class 1 Climbs:.. Whitney Trail, Kearsarge Pass Trail.. Telescope Peak Trail ,Kern River Trails.. Sierra passes north to Mammoth.. Class 2 Climbs:.. Argus Peak ,Maturango Peak.. Owens Peak, Olancha Peak.. Sawtooth ,Langley.. Thor, Corcoran.. Williamson ,Kaweah Peak.. Kern River (trailless sections).. Class 3 Climbs:.. Owens Ridge routes, Mt.. Russell.. Whitney -Mountaineers Route, Middle Palisade.. Temple Crag ,Spanish Needle Peaks.. Candlelight ,East Ridge University Peak (Traverse).. Mt.. Heller.. Class 4 Climbs:.. Five Fingers, Owens Ridge routes.. Le Conte, North Palisade.. Sill ,Thor Face.. Norman Clyde ,Muir East Face.. Humphreys, Great Falls Basin (rappel the falls).. Clyde Minaret ,Thunderbolt peak.. Class 5 Easy:.. Owens Ridge routes ,Whitney East Face (III).. Third Needle (III) Whitney Buttress (III).. Lone Pine NE Ridge (IV).. Class 5.. 5 +:.. Thor Pink Perch (III) Irvine East Buttress (III).. Lone Pine South Wall ,Owens Ridge routes.. Mt Sill Swiss Arete (III) Temple Crag Moon Goddess Arete (III).. SE Face of Clyde Minaret (IV).. Grade V Climbs:.. Keeler Needle, Whitney Direct.. Snow Climbs:.. U-Notch, V-Notch.. Laurel Snow Chute ,Darwin Glacier.. Mendel Ice Chute.. ---------------------------------------.. Jan-95.. EQUIPMENT LIST FOR OPERATIONS.. In general, carry any gear you might possibly want to the Hut on first mobilizing.. The Coordinator usually cannot specify expected conditions completely.. You can leave unneeded extra gear behind, but have your gear packed and be ready to change rapidly.. Sometimes, we must have a team airborne within 30 minutes of the initial call.. There must be no loose gear in the aircraft.. Note: Items in lists 3 and 4 are required for winter qualification.. BASIC (Take these on any operation).. day pack (preferably bright colored).. first aid kit (see CLIMBER'S FIRST AID KIT).. poncho or rain gear.. bivouac sack.. matches (waterproofed).. candle (for starting fires).. headlamp and extra bulb and batteries.. whistle.. mirror.. pocket knife.. compass (accurate for use with topographic maps).. topographic maps of area.. flare (available at hut).. nylon cord (at least 25 feet).. cup and spoon.. canteen (filled with water and extra for operations in dry areas).. food (extra for emergency bivouac).. pocket notebook and pencil.. toilet paper.. sunglasses or goggles or both.. wrist watch (people with radios especially need watches).. hard hat.. parka, orange (coated nylon or Goretex).. shirt, orange with patches and nametag.. boots (Vibram soles or equivalent).. gloves or mittens.. sweater (wool or pile).. personal stuff (Chapstick, camera, etc.. FOR SEARCHES IN EASY TERRAIN.. trail marking paper (available at hut).. long slings (2) (10-12 feet for carrying stretcher).. carabiners (2).. field glasses (optional).. altimeter (optional).. ADDITIONAL FOR SEARCHES IN ROUGH TERRAIN.. ropes (available in Hut) runners (2) (6 feet of 1-inch webbing).. carabiners(4) Prusik slings (2) (3 feet of 5mm Perlon).. harness (optional).. COLD WEATHER GEAR.. boots, high quality alpine (plastic double boots recommended).. socks, wool (2 pair).. expedition weight poly-pro long underwear.. pants (wool or pile).. overpants.. down parka or extra wool or pile sweater.. mittens, cold weather.. sleeping bag (one per team).. ADDITIONAL GEAR FOR DEEP SNOW.. snowshoes.. ski pole (1 or 2) or ice ax with basket.. gaiters, long.. shovel (for snow caves, avalanches, etc.. Pieps or compatible equivalent.. STEEP SNOW AND ICE (MANY HIGH SIERRA OPERATIONS).. ice axe.. crampons.. ice pitons or screws (2) (available at Hut).. carabiners (6).. ice hammer (available at hut).. ropes (available at hut).. TECHNICAL RESCUE.. rock hammer (available at hut).. bolt kit (available at hut).. pitons (6) (available at hut).. harness.. rock shoes.. chocks, cams, etc.. (12).. carabiners (16) (at least 12 free of gear).. aid slings (optional).. runners (8) (6 feet of 1-inch webbing or 24-inch sewn runners).. runners, long (2) (10-12 feet of 1-inch webbing or 48-inch sewn runners).. Prusik slings (2) (3 feet of 5mm Perlon).. 8 ring or equivalent belay device.. pulley (with bearings).. ascenders.. OVERNIGHT GEAR.. backpack tent, or bivouac sack.. ground cloth food (3 days).. sleeping bag pad.. stove, fuel, and pots (1 set per team).. Mountaineer's Personal First Aid Kit.. Req.. Item.. Qty.. Examples.. Use/comments.. Patient Assessment.. *.. latex exam gloves, in Zip-loc bag.. 2 pair.. protective.. reporting forms, pencil.. reports!!.. pocket mask or microshield.. CPR protective.. antibacterial gel or towelettes, alcohol.. Vionex towelettes.. clean hands.. Wound Care, Minor.. Bandaids, assorted.. Moleskin, 4 x 4.. blisters.. antibiotic ointment, foil packets.. Neosporin.. small wounds and burns.. blister kit.. Spenco second skin.. soap, small tube.. Ivory, Campsuds.. clean around wound.. antiseptic towelettes or alcohol gel.. finger coverlet.. aloe vera gel with lanocane.. shallow burns.. Wound Care, Major.. sterile gauze pads, 3 x 4 or 4 x 4.. more are recommended.. roller gauze (3 x 5 yd).. Steristrips.. 3 x4 non-adherent dressings.. Ziploc Freezer bag.. irrigation.. PI solution or ointment.. Vaseline Gauze.. occlusive dressing.. Fractures and Sprains.. SAM splint.. triangular Bandage.. sling, cravat.. elastic bandage, 3.. Ace or Equisport.. Vetwrap.. adhesive tape, 1.. 1 roll.. large safety pins.. 2+.. Instruments.. bandage scissors.. safety razor blade.. in lieu of scissors.. tweezers.. Uncle Bill's.. splinters.. hypothermia thermometer.. small flashlight.. Sawyer Extractor kit.. snakebite, insects.. Miscellaneous Gear.. nylon cord.. improvise splint, etc.. duct tape.. Ensolite blue foam pad.. padding.. large trash bags.. inner vapor barrier.. Personal Medication.. oral electrolyte replacement solution.. Gatorade powder.. cramps, diarrhea.. aspirin.. pain, fever.. Ibuprophen.. Advil, Motrin.. inflammation, pain.. Acetaminophen.. Tylenol.. Benadryl.. allergy, sleep.. Codeine (Rx).. pain.. Epinephrine (Rx).. Anakit.. anaphylaxis.. MOUNTAIN RESCUER'S BOOKSHELF.. The following books and magazines are suggested reading for members of Group.. Books marked with an asterisk are recommended by the Training Committee for individual purchase.. MOUNTAINEERING.. Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills.. , 5th edition, Grayden, 1992.. Accidents in North American-Mountaineering.. , AAC, annual.. Avalanche Handbook.. , Ag Handbook 489, US Dept of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1978(A best buy).. Climbing Ice.. , Chouinard, Sierra Club.. Snowshoeing.. , Prater, The Mountaineers, 3rd edition, 1988.. Wilderness Skiing.. , Tejada-Flores Steck, 1972.. How to Rock Climb.. , 2nd edition, Long, 1993.. SEARCH RESCUE.. Mantracking: Introduction to Step-by-Step Method.. , Robbins, 1977.. Wilderness Search Rescue.. , Setnicka, Appalachian Mountain Club, 1980.. Mountain Search and Rescue Techniques.. , May, Rocky Mt.. Rescue Group, 1973.. Tracking: A Blueprint for Learning How.. , Kearney, Pathways Press, 1978.. On Rope.. , Padgett Smith, 1987.. High Angle Rescue Techniques.. , Vines Hudson, 1989.. FIRST AID.. Emergency Response.. , ARC, current edition.. American Red Cross Community CPR.. , current edition.. American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer.. Emergency Care Transportation of Sick and Injured.. , current edition, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.. Medicine for Mountaineering.. , current edition, Wilkerson, 1992.. LEADERSHIP.. Mountain Rescue Leadership.. , Williams, MRA, 1977.. GUIDEBOOKS.. Desert Peaks Section, Road Peak Guide.. , Bernard the DPS, 1988.. Joshua Tree Rock Climbing Guide.. , Vogel, 1992.. Red Rocks Select.. , Swain, 1995.. Rock Climbs of Tahquitz Suicide Rocks.. , Vogel Gaines, 1993.. Rock Climbs of Tuolumne Meadows.. , Reid Falkenstein, 1992.. The High Sierra.. , Secor, 1992.. Sierra Club Totebook Guides.. , (one for each topographic quadrangle).. Starr's Guide to John Muir Trail High Sierra.. Yosemite Climbs: The Big Walls.. , Reid, 1993.. Yosemite Climbs: Free Climbs.. , Reid, 1994.. Mount Whitney Guide.. , Hellweg Mc Donald, 1990.. The Domelands.. , Moser Vernon, 1992.. The Needles.. , Moser, Vernon Paul, 1992.. Sequoia Kings Canyon.. , Moser, Vernon Hickey, 1993.. A Guide to Mountaineering Ropes.. , Edelrid.. Be Expert With Map Compass.. , Kjelstrom Bjorn, 1976.. Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.. , Roper Allen, 1979 (Sierra Club reprint).. History of Sierra Nevada.. , Farquhar, UC Press, 1972.. Land Navigation Handbook.. , Kals, Sierra Club, 1983.. Exploring the Southern Sierra: East Side.. , Jenkins, 1995.. , (series by Long et al).. Sierra Classics.. , Moynier Fiddler, 1993.. MAGAZINES.. Climbing.. Rock and Ice.. Summit.. Response.. The Climbing Art.. SCHEDULED TRAINING ACTIVITIES.. The following is a list of types of Group training activities that are scheduled regularly.. They are organized according to the qualifications specialties used.. Checklists for many activities are available.. Activity Frequency.. Technical Skills.. rock skills (aid climbing, jumaring) every year.. stretcher class (4 nights) every year.. stretcher hut night before each practice.. rock stretcher practice (2 at Fossil Falls, 1 at Owens Ridge/Kern Slabs/etc.. ) 3 each year.. ice axe and snow stretcher practice every year.. Owens Ridge climbing every year.. ice climbing seminar as needed.. dynamic belay practice as needed.. Search and Tracking:.. tracking practice (noon) 10 per year.. tracking seminar (weekend) every other year.. tracking slides lecture/practice (Note 1).. sign cutting practice (Note 1).. search techniques lecture (Note 1).. search practice (Note 1).. ELT practice (night) every year.. Maps and Routes:.. map compass lecture every year.. map/compass/mirror practice on peaks as needed.. Group Equipment:.. equipment/tent hut night every year.. radio hut night every year.. Helicopters:.. helitac lecture every year.. helitac practice as needed.. Organization Leadership:.. Group policies/procedures lecture every year.. leader training lecture as needed.. search case studies as needed.. Winter:.. winter bivouac as needed.. Pieps practice (night) as needed.. avalanche class lecture as needed.. avalanche probe practice as needed.. Note 1: This activity will be scheduled in alternate years when the tracking seminar is not scheduled or more often if needed.. Training Committee 18 May 93.. On-line JGW 5/99..

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  • Title: CLMRG Images
    Descriptive info: Images.. Click on an image for a larger version.. Dave Ganger helps Diane Rindt and Tom Roseman prepare to rappel at Fossil Falls with the new rescue seat.. by Debbie Breitenstein.. The rescue seat in action.. Daryl Hinman and Tom Roseman demonstrate self rescue techniques at the Self Rescue Seminar, Fossil Falls.. by Werner Hueber.. Back to the CLMRG Home Page..

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  • Title: CRMRA rock recert
    Descriptive info: California Region Mountain Rescue Association.. Rock Recertification exercise, March 3, 2001.. Fossil Falls, Inyo Co, CA.. Each year each California MRA team recertifies in one of 3 categories; rock skills, winter snow and ice; tracking.. This year it's rock skills.. 14 MRA teams from all over California landed at Fossil Falls; Ventura team organized the problems - 4 in all, involving medical exam, stretcher work, and tyrolean traverses above the 40 ft.. deep canyon.. In some places the walls are 80 feet high.. Basalt rock is very solid and makes this a wonderful place for over 200 highly skilled  ...   us wear orange shirts!!.. China Lake Team rigs for Tyrolean; fancy equalizing anchors, mechanical advantage hauling;.. this is what ya get when ya have a team of rocket scientists and engineers!.. Our fancy system works just great!!.. Each group has a problem to work.. Different teams have different rigs.. (and glowing orange shirts!).. Problem - rig to go across and to do down to pick up victim from canyon bottom.. whee!!.. So.. what'd you like about what we did? CLMRG gang critique.. this is fun.. yeah right.. Just another fine day at the office.. web page and photos by.. 3/3/01..

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  • Title: CLMRG March 2006
    Descriptive info: Carol, Dave, Al, Daryl, Tom, Curtis, Dennis, Dave, Debbie, Mike, Eric, Werner, Paul, Mary, Bill, Bud, Dan, Janet.. (about 1/2 our roster).. March 2006..

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