Simon has spent quite a few weeks away over the past few months doing his winter search and rescue training.
Here they are in May at Coles Bay - picture perfect weather. Even with perfect weather I don't think I could still bring myself to go backwards down a mighty big cliff!!!
But as we all know, Tassie weather can change in a heartbeat which is why the S&R crew are kept so busy finding bushwalkers who get caught out by our ferocious mother nature down here.
Enter ferocious mother nature at Mt Field down near Hobart during June.
Looking and feeling very tired after walking all day in the snow. They walked about 10km a day, which would be extremely tiring in the snow and up and down hills.
The snow had melted a bit at Cradle Mountain in August, after a bit of 'warmer' weather.
But then wake up in the morning to this.............
Next time I will take a photo of all the gear Simon has to take. Sometimes it takes longer to pack everything than it does to go on the trip. Just looking at all those ropes confuses me, let alone knowing what each of them does and how to work them to lower people up and down cliffs with stretchers to rescue people.
We certainly couldn't do without these guys and I can imagine people who are rescued must be VERY happy when they are found. Knowing a little about the personal sacrifice and physical/mental work that goes into being a search and rescue member, I am grateful for all they do to prepare for the inevitability of someone getting lost.