Monday, 7 November 2011

Arran MRT Cir Mhor Exercise

November signals the start of the Arran Mountain Rescue training season and as a probationary member I'm hoping to get out to all the training exercises to get my essential skills sorted. Yesterday we kicked things off with an exercise on Cir Mhor, practicing rope work, lowering cragfast climbers and searching for casualties on steep ground. The conditions were fantastic, with glorious sunshine and at times a cloud inversion.  Where else would you want to be on a Sunday afternoon?
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 Our subteam approached via North Glen Sannox.  This is looking north from the ridge towards Lochranza. 

 Some of the team- including Ruby, a Sarda dog based on the island who trains with the team and her handler Darryl. 

 Approaching Cir Mhor from the Castles.

 Looking down in to Glen Sannox

 The team awaiting information about the "casualties" from the summit of Cir Mhor.

 A cheeky raven hoping we will drop some butties. (if we did, he was out of luck as Ruby had them...)

View from high on Cir Mhor, as we approach the cragfast "casualties".

Preparing to lower a "cragfast scrambler" to safety.

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