Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Lake Tahoe Area
The way I was trained, I am responsible for the navigation. I just find that my flankers often, not always, are not as good at nav as I am and they don't have much practice on dog teams. So I trained to look at dog, glance at GPS (my trusty 60CSX) and glance at terrain and repeat. Its a lot but it is how most of us work in my area. Lately I have wanted to have the radio too but that is just frustration. The radio possessiveness I'm working on. ;-)
Before I was taken on as an apprentice, my sponsors said, "You will not get fat, your dog will not get fat, and you will become expert at navigation, or we will drop you." They meant too and I get it. Twice in the last month our local evaluators did not pass, in some cases did not start certifying exams because of problems from the get go with navigation. It was a waste of a lot of people's time. It also cost some of the sponsors reputation for fielding these teams. You wonder how they train.
Anyway, I digress. I think with my county I could not justify the computers. We have a great Incident command team with trailer that goes out with computers, printers, and an IC team to each search planning and plotting strategy before we even get to the site.
Hey, I just got asked to be on our Hasty Team! A little promotion and a vote of confidence so I feel good. (Actually, I think a lot has to do with good navigation skills)
Hope both or you are doing super well. Raining like crazy here (finally) and snow for tonight, Yeah. We dodged a big bullet as a wild fire started in 50 mph winds south of me but the rains came almost at the same time. Without the rain, we would have had a HUGE problem.
Dutch Shepherd - Ptygo (Tee-Go) de las Flores
Rescue GSD - Freyja (Husband's Dog)