On Tuesday, October 7th, there was another Type II Qualifying Hike at Shell Ridge Open Space. The 2014 Type II Academy students all qualified and there were plenty of current team members re-qualifying, proctoring, or just getting some exercise with new and old friends.
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Over a dozen team members participated in the Type 2 qualifying hike on July 21, a five-mile hike on Shell Ridge in Walnut Creek. The path meanders up and down the ridge, through valleys and on and off fire roads.
Every year, Type 2 CoCoSAR members certify on this hike while carrying a 20-pound pack. In order to pass, it is necessary to complete the hike in under 150 minutes.
Team members who have already qualified for the year often come out for the exercise, the camaraderie, and to support their friends (and to ensure those less familiar with the route don’t get lost). It is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Shell Ridge is Walnut Creek’s largest open space, with trails for biking, hiking and riding through oak woodlands and grassland savanna on the lower flanks of Mount Diablo. Shell Ridge gets its name from the marine fossils left behind when the ocean waters that once covered the area receded.
All of us know the benefits of enhancing our fitness level, but did you realize that if each CoCoSAR member could increase his/her walking speed by as little as 10 percent, it would be the equivalent of adding 23 fully trained and experienced searchers to the team? That’s a big bonus for the team.
With that in mind, team member Reza Farasati has stepped up to encourage and organize fitness activities for team members with a new fitness program, (SARFit!) for CoCoSAR members.
The goal of the program is to help members at all levels reach a higher state of fitness. SARFit! is designed to do two simple things: Provide members with a variety of fun fitness opportunities – from hikes, to bike rides, to backpacking, to snowshoeing; and to encourage members to enhance their personal fitness levels.
The program is completely voluntary and will require prospective participants to “opt in” by emailing Reza with their interest. Opting in will then put that member on the list to receive regular emails with brief descriptions (what, where, when and fitness level/intensity) of activities that may be of interest. There will be no pressure: It’s totally up to the individual to decide in which activities to participate.
Reza will serve as the collector and distributor of fitness opportunities – team members may send him details of activities they think would be good for the program and he will pass on the info to all those who opted in.
Interested team members should email Reza directly to let him know of their interest in the program. This is a great way to enjoy the benefits of incremental fitness improvement while becoming an even stronger CoCoSAR member – not to mention connecting with fellow team members in a fun and productive way.
This past Saturday, team members engaged in the first SARFit! activity–a hike with some chest thumping hills–after the full team training. Watch a video of the event below.