Tag Archives: 2012

Missing on wild and windswept Dartmoor

Every Wednesday night throughout the year the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team – Ashburton meets at various locations across the moor to train on aspects of search and rescue. During the summer months this tends to be the more technical aspects such as rope and swift water rescue, with the wild and dark winter evenings spent training on search and rescue exercise (sar-ex) scenarios as well as navigation and related topics

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The art of rope rescue

Typically trainee members of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team – Ashburton undergo a training period of between 12 – 18 months, and if the training is completed successfully they are presented with their team jackets as they become fully fledged members.

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Brilliant customer service

More often than not, social media, apart from being packed with posts on what individuals had for lunch, is packed with punters broadcasting the fact that a certain company has #failed. I hold my hand up on this one too and I have frequently highlighted companies displaying appalling customer service such as Garden Buildings Direct & Lamorna Cove. So it is very nice for once to highlight a range of companies who have excelled in delivering brilliant customer service.

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Being videoed for a new LEJOG DVD

In 2003 I, along with 3 friends, cycled LEJOG, Lands End to John O’Groats, one end of the British mainland to the other over a distance of 1066 miles for our particular route. A fabulous journey I would recommend anybody to do. So I was surprised and flattered to be asked 9 years later to be interviewed and filmed for a new DVD to be produced about LEJOG and the route we used.

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Ten Tors 2012

The second weekend in May every year is ‘The Ten Tors Weekend’ when 2400 14 – 19 year olds tackle 10 tors on routes of either 35, 45 or 55 miles over 2 days. Not forgetting the Jubilee event where another 300 or so youngsters with varying degrees of disability tackle their own Ten Tors.  Although I have been involved with Ten Tors on and off in various capacities over the last 30+ years, this was my first year as a fully qualified member of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team, Ashburton.

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Satmap Active10 GPS

As a bloke I am rather partial to good kit.  This includes a good GPS which I have found in the form of a Satmap Active10 GPS.

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For some years I have been using the Memory Map software and electronic OS maps on my laptop. Fantastic for route planning whether walking or cycling providing data on distance and height profiles among other things, and allows you to zoom in to get a high level of detail. So it seemed a natural choice to extend my electronic mapping into the field with the purchase of a waterproof Memory Map Adventurer 3500 GPS….. or so I thought…………

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Not to much the coveted ‘Yellow Jersey’, more the coveted ‘Team Jacket’

In the early to mid 80’s, I was part of the Dartmoor Rescue Group, Okehampton Section until work commitments got in the way. About 2 years ago I decided the time was right to rejoin so I applied to rejoin a Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team, but this time the one based at Ashburton.

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