Posts Tagged ‘RAT’

Sony A7 and Black Diamond

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Perhaps you are asking what the Sony A7 has to do with Black Diamond?

Not too much directly, but through the viewfinder of my new camera…

The two melded recently.

If you don’t know what Black Diamond is, well I’ll tell you a little bit.

They are first a climbing gear company that has been a piece of the climbing fabric as long as I can remember.

Secondly, they’ve been utilizing media in a profound and immersive way through their digital catalogs they’ve released in recent years.

You can check out their sweet spot here: Black Diamond Catalogs

In my climbing, I’ve certainly used my fare share of Black Diamond gear and have looked up to their Ambassadors for the sport of climbing.

Perhaps now you’re ready to see how these two drastically different companies came together in my vision.

It was this last month, during my AMR Reach and Treat Academy Finals Exam process. Specifically, during the Navigation segment.

The light was greatly diffused through a dense cloud cover and then through the tree canopy and finally around the outer edges of our covered working area. It actually felt a bit like evening, though it was midday.

My buddy Erik was pulling through some calculations, I decided to take advantage of the moment. The following image pulled through my lens and onto my new Sony A7’s sensor. This ended up being my first image I edited in my newly updated Lightroom processing software.

It has become a current favorite of mine. So without anymore delay, here is where and how the Sony A7 and Black Diamond came together:

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Just a little update….

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Been a bit busy the last few months on my other Professional front.

I’ve been working my way through American Medical Response’s Reach and Treat Academy (RAT). Along the way I’ve been carrying my camera.

The first session was class room. So, yeah no pictures. The second however, was Low Elevation Mountaineering on Mount Hood.

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The next session was High Elevation Overnight at the Triangle Moraine on Mount Hood.

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The most recent session was Land Navigation. This was fun, and just as with most things…even if you’ve been doing something for awhile there’s always things to learn.

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Just to give a few extra notes, with the intense media coverage on rescues and some notes out there about costs and such.

As I’ve learned through the recent Clackamas County contract issues and being in the RAT Academy along with being a climber since I was 15.

In a rescue there are a few elements as far as Mount Hood is concerned. Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), RAT Crew, Military (for Heli), and sometimes Mount Hood Ski Patrol on occasions.

For far as costs go…

PMR is made up of volunteers from the climbing community itself.

The RAT crew, well AMR pays the County as a private company to provide EMS and RAT services to the Clackamas County Community. Cost are paid via actual transport and billed to patient insurance or the patient.

Military, well I pay my taxes. So, the military should be there when needed. It is solid real world application of training for the crews….they aren’t under fire while completing the mission of a Mount Hood Rescue. They’ll be that much better, when they do have to conduct a rescue in a battle field.

[published from my iPhone excuse any errors]