|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Pinching Pennies||Gearing Up||Public Relations|
|Top of the Hill||by David Dixon , President|
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
There are a couple of differing philosophies concerning bedding down in winter during a search and rescue mission. One is to carry enough just to survive the night. One can plan to make a fire and sit by it all night, and carry less gear and clothing. This certainly makes for a lighter pack, but has two main disadvantages. It presumes the ability to find fuel and keep a fire fed all night, and it creates one tired searcher the next day. The other philosophy is to be comfortable. Given a day to create a winter camp, one can be VERY comfortable indeed, even in the coldest weather. Our goal will be somewhere between these extremes, creating shelters in less than an hour that allow us to stay warm and get some sleep so that we can be of use to the mission the next day.
Our training will begin at 14:00 Saturday, February 12 at the 10k trailhead. We will snowshoe to an area nearby and discuss winter safety such as recognizing and preventing hypothermia, proper gear, food and hydration. This will also include how to choose a location for a winter shelter. We will then construct several types of winter shelters, with a focus on field expedience. Finally, members are encouraged to spend the night in the shelter they have constructed. It is a lot more comfortable than you think! A properly constructed shelter is very quiet, and warm compared to the air outside.
Although we will be close to our vehicles, there are a few items you should bring to maximize your comfort and safety. First, snowshoes are required. In addition, creating snow shelters is usually hard, wet work. Your inner layer of clothing is likely to get wet. So, bring an extra polypro inner layer if possible. Extra socks are also a must, and an extra hat and gloves are nice too. This training is intended to emulate a mission where you would know ahead of time that you may be spending the night in the field. So, bring a sleeping bag that you would carry in such a situation. Bring dinner if you will be spending the night. You may make due with the food you normally carry in your search pack, or bring something special to prepare. Steamed salmon filet or steak is not unheard of on a Cibola winter bivy. Talk about winter camping with style!
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Aidan Thompson, Secretary|
The meeting started at 19:15. David briefly reviewed the schedule for evaluations that he is setting up. He is still looking for volunteers for some of the evals.
The meeting ended at 20:00.
|Pinching Pennies||by Mark Espelien, Treasurer|
With this being tax season, I would like ask our members who work in, or know people who work in the accounting/tax field for a list of possible deductions for volunteer work. I know some mileage is deductable, but it would be interesting to know if any equipment purchases or other expenditures are deductable. Please forward any info to me at email@example.com, and I will try to summarize this for the next newsletter.
I know we're a little late, but I would like to encourage all officers and commitee chairs to send me their budget requests so I can get this put together in the next month.
|Gearing Up||by Mark Espelien, Equipment Committee chair|
The new gear hut is now operational! All gear from the Tijeras fire station has been moved to the hut at the west end of the adjacent Sheriff's office parking lot. Entry to the gear hut is keyed, and there are no keys hidden in the area, so please contact me if you need to check out a key. A big thank you to those who helped purchase, setup, paint, and move gear - truly a team effort!
|Public Relations||by Adam Hernandez|
Saturday, February 26 at 13:00 there will be a presentation at TVI to an outdoor adventure class that is interested in search and rescue. This event will be run by Mike Dugger. Saturday, March 19, time to be determined, there will be a Middle Rio Grande Backcountry Horsemen Convention in Bosque Farms. They want to know what we do, and how they can not become a statistic. Adam Hernandez will run this event.
I will be asking senior members to start helping out and taking charge of various events throughout the year. I will also ask that all members help out just a couple of times a year, that way we can spread out our resources. I know that all of our time is valuable. If we can get at least one senior member and one relatively new member they should be able to handle most questions. This way we will not end up with four or more people at any one event and just one or two at others. I will try to schedule these events as they come up.
Also, I have noticed that the Polo shirts that I wear have Cibola Search and Rescue on them. Most people just read the Cibola part and just assume that you are part of Cibola High School, pretty common. If you decide to get a shirt, you might just put Search and Rescue on it. That way people will notice it more, and then you can tell them about us.
Also, I would like to thank all the members that helped out last year, and would encourage all of us to think of ways to get new members. E-mail me or call.
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