As is traditional for IBSC, the events at the start of the season are very well attended as people are keen to get out on the hills and prepare for the snow. The 2016 event was no exception as 20 people gathered at Glenmore Lodge for an evening of training on avalanche transceivers. Mark Kerr led the evening, commenting that a 1:20 ratio was not normal in his working life. He did a great job though and split the large group into smaller more manageable sizes.
I can’t comment for others, but I was struck at how rusty I felt in terms of conducting the initial signal search. The urgency of the scenarios felt real as well charged through deep heather among the Scots Pines.