Up, up and away for avalanche teams

Handlers and dogs of the Wanaka Search and Rescue search-dog team at their first helicopter exercise for the winter at Treble Cone yesterday. The avalanche dogs of the Southern Lakes region and their handlers spent yesterday dangling on 20m strops, or long-lines, beneath helicopters as they undertook a refresher course at Treble Cone skifield. via Up, up and away for avalanche teams | Otago … [Read more...]

The snow avalanche dogs of Treble Cone Wanaka

The unsung heroes of winter are the search-and-rescue dogs which stand ready to find and dig for people caught in snow-slides and avalanches. Aspiring Avalanche Dogs are based at Treble Cone skifield near Wanaka in the South Island's southern lakes district. Their wrangler, Matt Gunn, has prepared his border collies Blizzard and Rocket in the art of avalanche rescue. He is building a team of … [Read more...]