Simulated Search and Rescue camping trip

  • October 4, 2008 · 9:00 AM
  • Buncombe County Rescue Squad

The Buncombe county rescue squad is putting this on for us. We'll gather at 11:00 AM and head up to Yancey county to a private residence to set up camp for the night. We'll have a bonfire and a great time! The following morning, we will be doing a simulated search and rescue to give everyone a feel for what is supposed to happen. There is a limit of 15 tent spaces. If you have a tent, please list that when you rsvp. We may have to buddy up on tents so make sure you RSVP correctly for this event please! This will be a first come first serve event. I will get more info and post it shortly. Like food and what not ;) I just wanted to give people enough notice for this awesome trip!

Thanks and i'll see you on the trail!

The following link should give you everything you need!


Campout 10/03
Search and Rescue Campout 10/03/08 - 10/05/08
Anyone is welcome to come out early, Friday 10/03/08, to camp out. Contact Jordan to make Arrangements [masked]), otherwise:

*We will be meeting at Station 2 on Saturday 10/04/08 at 0900 to convoy to the campsite. *4WD Vehicles are required to make the drive up the mountain. If you dont have one, no worries, we will get you there. Contact us to make arrangements. *The Search Scenario will begin soon after arrival on Saturday and will continue until dusk. On Sunday, we will continue the search for the victim and extrication. *We will be concluding the event Sunday sometime in the later afternoon. *A link to google maps to the aproximate site is below. The GPS coordinates are[masked],-82.486864. Directions are below. You will need to bring the following: (Contact Jordan if you lack anything.)
Camping essentials (tent, sleeping bag, lights, etc...).
Hiking clothes, shoes, pack. Plan for high-elevation temperatures and hikes through dense brush.
Necessary medical supplies (Medication, 1st aid supplies)
Food for breakfast and lunch. Dinner for Saturday night will be provided (Hamburgers/Hotdogs)
SAR essentials (compass, GPS, WATER, walking stick, etc...)
Anything else you feel is approperate. Keep in mind, there will be no electricity or restroom/shower facilities. Directions
(Sorry, I know they are not percise, its better to follow someone who knows how to get there)

I26 West to exit 9.
Take Hwy 19E about 6mi
Pass the 'Triangle' gas station
Take the second road on Left past the gas station, Windy Gap Rd
Stay Right at fork, Fox Creek Rd
Stay on the gravel road at the church
Follow road until it looks like it ends, stay to the Right (looks like a private driveway)
You will come to a gate and a carved wooden bear. This is the entrance to the property.
At this point, 4WD is required. There is no parking nearby for 2WD vehicles.
Continue up gravel drive, before you reach house, take sharp cutback to the Left and you will see the campsite. View Larger Map View Larger Map

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time!Everyone brought different skills to share.I learned a lot,and met some cool people.

    October 6, 2008

  • Bill

    Good training event, and excellent camping venue. We found the "victim", apparently in record time. His name was Jose (spelled Hose-A), an unfortunate deer hunter who had fallen from a tree and was left hanging by his safety line. (he was actually a man-shaped bundle of old fire hose that weighed at least as much as your average deer hunter). We split into two teams to search for tracks, dropped items, etc. One team located the hapless hunter in about 1.5 hours. We then spent the next 3 hours extricating him. Angie spent a good amount of this time suspended in the tree by a climbing harness, finally getting Jose roped up and lowered to the ground. I don't even want to talk about the long haul to the top of the ridge with good old Jose in a rescue basket.
    All-in-all a good learning experience for all involved. You folks who have not yet been able to take part in the training it next time one comes around. Good folks and good experience for the real thing

    October 5, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a rather interesting (stupid) question. Since we are setting up a base camp, I'm figuring that I would need to have basecamp stuff packed separate from first aid kit and SAR equipment. So, would it make sense to have two separate packs. The framed camping back and a smaller backpack? What do the experiences SARs do???

    October 3, 2008

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