Preparing the Kit at 7,000 ft on Hood
On January 13, 2002, during the a weekend Ready Team session, PMR members of all levels gathered at 7,000 feet on the South Side of Mount Hood for training. The group wanted to test out a new rescue tool called the "Hogsback Kit" - a sked or litter lowering system using a rope and brake rack. This system will one day be used during moderately steep angle rescues, such as those in the South Side Crater of Mount Hood.
Loading the Sked with a "victim"
PMR Rescue Committee Chairperson Marty Johnson loads the sked with the "victim" - skis - as Steve Rollins waits. The skis provide weight and the sked provides a method of transporting the skis down the mountain.
Beginning the slow journey down [Enlarge]
The lowering team starts their slow journey to the first handoff point, over 600 feet down. Rocky Henderson (front, left) prepares the brake rack.
The team reaches the handoff point
The sked team reaches the first handoff point, at the end of the initial 600-foot leg. The handoff team will then switch the sked over to a second brake rack system that will allow the sked lowering for another 600 feet.