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Rescue exercise on the Monte Cervino

Rescue Exercise Monte Cervino

On a nice Saturday in the fall of 2006 we went to the Monte Cervino. Not the real one in the Alps but the mini version, an outdoor climbing wall in Berschenhoek. Here we would practise our first Crevasse rescue.

On beautiful Saturday in the autumn we went to the Monte Cervino. Not the real Matterhorn in the Alps, but the mini version, an outdoor climbing wall in Berschenhoek. Here we would practise our first glacier crevasse rescue. Under the inspiring leadership of Edwer and Raimo as "real" mountain guides we started at this 1-day workshop. Of course ND7 was present to capture everything on film so that also the preparation of the expedition will be in the documentary.

After all ropes had been rolled out, the harnesses had been put on and the instruction papers distributed, we started with "dry" practise. First on the grass next to the climbing wall to check how a crevasse rescue technically works. Raimo was the victim on one side of the rope and Pim the hero to carry out the rescue. Edwer explained the procedure in detail and before we knew it, we all had been the hero on the good dside of the rope.

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So let's take the wall. Pim, Henk-Jan, Raimo and Edwer went up the cimbing wall together with Milan from ND7. At the base of the climbing wall, Sanne and Jeffrey were functioning as victim. This way of practising is much more difficult. But we have to keep in mind that the circumstances in Greenland will be even more challenging. It took us a considerable long time to hoist somebody 2 meters up fro the "crevasse". But this is what the exercise was for. We just have to practise and repeat the procedure to make it our own. And you know the saying: "Repetition is the mother of all skills".

Just after lunch with bananas, coffee and a sandwich the press came tumbling in. We had especially as the press to write an article about our training and the expedition. Of course there had to be made a photograph. And even before we knew it, Henk-Jan hung with ski's, ski sticks AND sledge (pulk) dangling on one of the ropes. The photographers snapped a lot of shots. And the result was perfect. In a national newspaper we had a double page about the project.

After everyone nevertheless had developed a nice and good feeling about glacier rescue we wrapped up. Tired but more than satisfied we went homeward and of course in the car all the procedures were told in painstaking detail, again and again and again. All in all again a small step in the right direction of our goal, crossing Greenland.

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