Simon's Australia Adventure - May 27th - June 4th, 2007 - Page 1

I would like to thank all the people who made my stay in Australia an unbelievable time. Space will fail me to name them all but...

First, the seven brave guys from the Thredbo Ski patrol who were on my tour on Valentine's Day, February 14. 2007. Some of you may not know the miraculous story: it was this day that I came upon a tour of Japanese skiers who had been hit by an avalanche in the back country of Hakkoda..Of all the 80 tours that I led this past season,any other group behind me would have been overwhelmed by this disaster. But with the 75 years of combined experience of the Thredbo Ski Patrol members on my tour that day, many lives were saved.These guys deserve ALL the credit due to them for the rescue which you can read about in one of the largest selling Australian magazines: Take 5.

Next I want to personally thank Mark Spilsbury (the president of the ASPA, Autrailian Ski Patrol Association) and his lovely wife Sharon who invited me to attend the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Course offered by the association. Not to mention picking me up and dropping me off at the airport, taking me back and forth to Thredbo, but also letting me stay at there home as well.

Then there was the Snowy Mountain Amateur Radio Club, particularly Bill Steptoe, who invited me to stay at his home.Here I was able to talk all over Australia to the local Ham radio community using his antennae and transceivers. His knowledge about the wild birds of Australia and the tour of the local area was an education in itself!.

Then there were Mark, Stephan, Deeann, and Ann. Because of these 4 ski patroller's instruction, guidance, and patience, I was able to pass this intensive course and get my certifications. You can see my certificates here. Thanks guys!

I must also mention my Sydney guide, John Lance, who spent a whole day showing me this amazing city with history lessons included.I am looking forward to having you and your family on my tour in Hakkoda next season!

And now, a few pictures of the amazing 2 weeks I spent in Oz:

This was the view from my breakfast table with the ski resort in the background! Can you see the Rosella(the red parrot) on the bird feeder?

A ring-tailed possum hanging out on a tree just outside the seminar.

Yours truly, talking about the avalanche and rescue at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.

The talk would not be complete without a few PR words about Hakkoda!

This was the check from Take 5 magazine that the boys received for their heroic story that they donated to the ski patrol organization.

The Australian national pastime: Drinking in the pub while watching Rugby League, Rugby Union or Australian Rules Football.

The start of the climb up to Mt. Kosciuszko,the highest mountain in Australia.

Lake Cootapatamba, the highest lake in the country.


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