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Aug 10th, 2009 at 4:27pm
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At the end of 2008 the departing huntsoc committee and incoming committee had a meeting to pass on positions we had intended on keeping the status-quo and lifting the amount of events that helped out the junior members in particular. Some of these events included the skinning demonstration night, and some beginner tahr hunts. One of the events I was particularly keen to do was a alpine safety course to cover the skills specifically required in general above bush-line, southern alps hunting. †The mountain safety course was a bit of a logistical nightmare with costs, transports, gear, guiding/instruction, liability........ The list of things was huge.
Anyway I had a mate Fisch who was skilled and ticketed as a guide/instructor who was only to keen to help out. I set up a bit of an outline to cover a few bits and pieces that I thought were useful and also asked around the huntsoc boys (James(RS) and Kerry) of what sort of stuff they would like covered.
1) A weeknight classroom session mainly resolving around a presentation maybe 2-4hrs long covering
Weather
Hypothermia
Snow conditions
Cutting Steps
Ice axe techniques
Avalanches
Self arrest
Basic gear- Axe, Crampons, boots, Helmets
Basic Gear what gear do you need, brands, styles, hints and tips
(Monday the 20th of July (to be confirmed, Eng Geol)


2) Then a single day trip leaving Christchurch at 0600 on †
Session aiming to be at APNP by 8am leaving on dark,(rifles welcomish)
Aim to climb a small peak possibly avalanche peak(or broken river) where we will be able to see a 360 view to identify all the hazards on sunny /cold and exposed leigh faces. Giving examples of what was covered in the class and hopefully a few tips too, as well as a good day on the hill using the gear.


I had planned for 18 people but as is the nature numbers didnít quite work out so we had planned for the course to run over †1&2 aug and the evening session the week before. †
The weeknight session was a excellent chance for the guys to meet before we went away and to insure that we werenít exposing ourselves to the weather while being lectured, the guys seemed to take allot from the session we especially emphasised, any bad experiences that I had already had while hunting.

When the 1st and 2nd rolled around the weather was terrible so we decided to postpone rather than risk anything, instead a few of us went hunting and shot a few tahr. The forecast turned out to be a day late, but I was pretty glad that we didnít push our luck!
-foote's first tahr


The next weekend turned out with a promising forecast and after arranging some alternative gear hire(axes, crampons, avalanche transceiver, probes, shovels......) from bivouac, I set a new date.

SATURDAY
We had Fisch, James, Pat , Tom, Ivan, Mat, Ashley(a female huntsoc member) and myself.
SUNDAY
Fisch, Kerry, Joesph, Martin, Cam, Greeny, shane, and myself

We tried to carry out similar activities on both day carrying out almost the same route, heres a bit of a video of the days mashed together


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Good value course mate. Thanks for organising it.
  
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good stuff ry
you forgot the link....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SmRbKl59mg
  
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Reply #4 - Aug 10th, 2009 at 5:41pm
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Cheer for organising that course Ryan...Was a great day, Fisch was an outstanding and helpful guide! Now we need to put that ropes lesson to use and go find your Bull Tahr!
...and cheers for adding the hiding from the work bit...had forgotten you'd taken that... Grin
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Sounds like a bloody worthwhile trip.

Pretty sure I can guess who was in charge of the music for the vid... Good shit.
  
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RoaringStag wrote on Aug 10th, 2009 at 5:41pm:
Was a great day, Fisch was an outstanding and helpful guide! Now we need to put that ropes lesson to use and go find your Bull Tahr!
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well it opens up a few things id like to get done
always had the rope much more confident using it now

and also looking at climbing Mt Cook in november, funds and weather
permitting

Pete I even made this video rather than making james do it
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Good to see the vid up - the snow caves are mint!
  

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A bloody good idea for anyone going into the whops to learn or brush up on survival skills.
I like your iceholes Wink
  
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Reply #10 - Aug 11th, 2009 at 5:17pm
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Totally awesome pics / movie - did a few of those types of weekends learning with friends some time ago they are such good fun. You're really lucky to your mate who clearly knows what he's doing and is willing to take the time to pass it on  Cool  Cool
  
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Yeah cheers for oranising that ryan, learnt heaps! you should get the video off martin that he took sliding down
  
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12pointer wrote on Aug 11th, 2009 at 5:07pm:
A bloody good idea for anyone going into the whops to learn or brush up on survival skills.
I like your iceholes Wink


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Reply #13 - Aug 12th, 2009 at 2:40am
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looks like a primo weeknd man.
Good luck getting that bull mate, keep us up dated.
  
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Reply #14 - Aug 13th, 2009 at 8:04pm
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Yeah Wicked experience mate. it was deffinitley a massive help to us north islanders not use to this kind of terain. Thanks heaps ryan for sussing it all out.

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