Friday, June 19, 2009

Cradle Mountain... beauty and the beast

This week Simon did some cliff rescue training at Cradle Mountain. Tasmania is known for its rugged beauty and pristine wilderness. Sadly too it is known to have weather which can change in a second and become very savage and unforgiving.

It is for people who are belied by the beauty of our wilderness, and not aware of its ferocity, that requires the efforts of the search and rescue squad. Last year a Danish tourist succumbed to our elements up at Cradle Mountain.

This next pic is looking over the cliff face.... someone was dangling down there waiting to be rescued. I wouldn't be putting my hand up for that. Ooh is that a speck in the snow... mission...avert eye contact so I'm not picked. Brr!!

Simon left at 9.30am and got home around 12.30am. He hopped straight in the shower to thaw out. I can't imagine the stamina both physical and mental it would take to be out there in the elements, trying to end someone's nightmare and bring them back to safety. If it was me being rescued, I would be saying, 'don't come down that rope to get me unless you have some morphine and chocolate.'


Nettie's Blog said...

Actually how bizzare is that ...i have that down as one of my things to do before i get too old to manage to climb...the Cradle mountain walk around the rim...(this year is the year i am thinking)tell Simon i hope he doesnt have to come and resue me..but seeing as he has been doing all that training i know i will be in good hands.

The Kings said...

Such a beautiful place!

Anonymous said...

I hate snow, and when I saw you heading, I thought you were talking about you and Simon. Ha!
I agree about the morphine and chocolate.
Love Lorraine.

The Parsons Family said...

its been so long since i went there. hey did colette tell ya i dropped in to visit last sat? You werent home but then she told me I passed you on the highway. Think I was about 20 mins too soon! bummer! see ya on the 3rd July!!!

Collette said...

Nah i forgot to tell her chels...oops...glad chocolate is an essential for you simone!!

Penny B. said...

cold but beautiful!

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