- manufacture a rescue sled using a gear list that represents what's available on a typical ski tour);
- build a solid snow anchor;
- package a live person into this sled and lower them from the anchor (with the aid of an assistant);
- build a lower anchor and transfer the victim onto the second anchor
- continue to lower the victim on the new anchor
- pass a knot through the lower system
|Johnny and Drew joined me "in the hole."|
- My ultra-light harness sucked. I already suspected this, but no one wants to hang in one of these. I finally realized that a simple foot stirrup off my belay loop and a chest harness relieved a lot of the pressure on my hips.
- After catching John's fall, I had to build an anchor and remove my skis to be the anchor. In the process of removing my downhill ski, I was almost pulled out of reach of the t-slot I had laborously dug out. Lesson - its not worth it to take off both skis. One ski wrapped with a skin to anchor in the t-slot is enough.
- Creating a grab loop at the lip of the crevasse is a huge help if you have to rappel to the victim and climb back out. This is actually a lesson from my Alpine Exam, but would have been applicable here too if we had been required to.
|"Did I mention that I'm killing this?"|
|Climbing up the Decker Glacier.|
By now we had also discovered what the daily routine was going to be for most days, though I hadn't realized it yet.
5am - wake up and pack for the day
6am - breakfast and review the avie and weather reports
7am - meet at Evan's to have our morning ops meeting
6pm - meet at Evan's to have our evening ops meeting, review the day, and get our assignment for tomorrow
8pm - unpack and put out the wet clothes to dry
9pm - have dinner and write up our tour plans for the next day
10 or 11pm - maybe take a shower before going to bed
More photos from Day Three can be found here.
|The 9th Hole on Decker Mountain.|