Field training on Macca
Our recently arrived 2014 station crew expeditioners need to complete their on-island field and survival training with our field training officer Ian, before they are allowed to travel off station for any work or recreational purposes. Ian is completing the initial stages of this training with us in groups of three expeditioners at a time. The training involves three days of on and off track walking travel, with a night spent at each of the two closest field huts, Bauer Bay on the west coast and Brother's Point on the east coast. This provides a good opportunity to experience the island in all its moods, to get acquainted with the island track system and field huts, and to master the navigational skills involved in off track travel. Last week, Ian took our chef Benny, doc Meg, and communications technical officer Ryan out for training. Ian will also be training our station SAR (search and rescue) team, and this training is now running concurrently with the field training.