Sunday, January 31, 2010

Missing Hiker In Henry Coe

Today BAMRU was called to a search in Henry Coe State Park near Gilroy. The missing hiker was on a 26 mile loop trail yesterday with a group, when they became separated.  The Mercury News published an article on the incident.

At the search, one BAMRU team received an assignment to be helicoptered in to a ridge-top, then to hike a steep ravine. The other team was to take a 4x4 road deep into the park then focus efforts on covering hiking trails.

The hiker was located as we were deploying into the field - dehydrated and a bit shaken, but alive and well.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BAMRU Search in Point Reyes

Yesterday BAMRU was engaged in a search for a missing woman in Point Reyes. Searchers encountered rain and high winds as they searched beach, dunes and cliff areas.

Here is a news report about the search in progress. (news report: Contra Costa Times)

This is the second time BAMRU has been called out for a search in the Point Reyes area in the past month.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Winter Skills Training in King's Canyon

On January 22-24, BAMRU had its annual personal winter skills training, this year a joint training with Fresno SAR. The training took place at the Azalea Campground in King's Canyon National Park.

The training was a huge success. The previous week's storm dumped several feet of fresh snow for us to conduct the training. The weekend was well organized by our own Cliff Agocs, with many BAMRU members and trainees teaching skills related to: back country snow travel and navigation, snow and avalanche assessment, avalanche and beacon transceiver rescue, and self arrest techniques using an ice axe.

Many thanks to Fresno SAR.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Deceased Hiker Recovered

Earlier this month, BAMRU participated in the recovery of the remains of a deceased hiker in the Santa Cruz mountains.

The San Mateo Daily Journal has a report on the incident.