Tanks and weight belts are flown in to the
staging area by helicopter, while team members hike the rest of their
gear in by way of mountain trail.
Gear is unloaded at the landing zone (LZ).
The VC SAR Upper Ojai team joined us on this
training to assist with rope work.
Ojai team members work to set anchors for
rappelling down the cliff face.
The Dive team's training objectives include
rappelling down the cliff and diving in the waterfall fed pond below.
Final preparations are made before the
Dive team members receive rope training
from, Mike Jauregui, Team member of the Ojai Team. Mike has been a
member of the moutain rescue team for over 24 years and has
extensive climbing background.
Dieter Schwake rappels down first to act as
water safety for the operation.
Team members first rappel in skin gear, then
don full scuba for a second descent and dive.
Climbers pull themselves back up the cliff
with the help of an ascender. It becomes more difficult with the added
weight of full scuba gear.
Sheriff Bob Brooks (shown here in blue
shirt) and Undersheriff Craig Husband (below, white shirt) joined us
for the rappelling exercise.
After his dive, Tim Coates (not shown) finds
out that not all disposable cameras are waterproof.
As the training comes to an end, the helo
returns to the LZ to be loaded up with gear too heavy to hike the 2.7
miles back to the starting point.
All loose ground items are secured before
the copter takes off.
Team members gather the rest of their
belongings for the hike back down.