BSARU April 2022 Update

Article written by Seymour Haugh for Kelso Life Magazine, this month featuring progress on our new Base build, and more information about the kit volunteers have to provide for themselves.

New Base

The erection of the steel frame has now taken place and you can begin to get an impression of the size. The laying of blockwork is the next stage. Meanwhile funding efforts continue.

 Steel frame of new base


What does it take to equip a Team?

Last month I detailed the kit provided by BSARU for team members and this month I outline kit team members provide for themselves.

A rucksack (minimum 38 litres), walking boots, boots able to take crampons, ice axe (team have spares), climbing harness (the team have spares in the vehicles), several pairs of gloves, walking trousers, hat, buff, compass, head torch, whistle, gaiters, 

1 karabiner and sling, compass, notebook, pen/pencil, spare batteries, extra clothing as desired, and food and drink for a prolonged search. Next month what is needed for casualties.

Team Exercise

March Exercise

The last team exercise incorporated search planning and a search for two missing walkers. One walker found in a gully, had assumed hypothermia, and was quickly put under the shelter of a bothy bag with one or two team members, and once warmed up the casualty was walked off the hill. Meanwhile the search for the other walker continued and once located his rescue from a cliff face, complicated by the assumed injury of a broken femur, was undertaken. At the end of the exercise the team did a debrief.


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