Snow specialist from Bishop’s Stortford pens tribute to her alpine search and rescue dog

A mountain research and rescue specialist who was born in Bishop’s Stortford has composed a security guide for little ones, influenced by her adventures with her canine companion Fjord.

Caroline Elliott, now 50, was a pupil at Northgate Principal School and then Herts and Essex Significant School.

Her father, Chris, ran development firm JA Elliott & Sons in the town before he moved to France, the place he now spends his time writing about trains. Mum Joan life at The Grange care household in Newport, around Saffron Walden.

Caroline was initially enticed into the “winter season wonderland” as a 10-calendar year-outdated woman on a family ski trip to Méribel in the French Alps and observed she was a normal. Her passion has taken her on adventures about the planet.

She headed to Europe to study German in Munich on leaving faculty. Right after returning to the United kingdom to finish her diploma in Spanish and German in London, she was drawn back to the mountains in France and a occupation wanting immediately after the country’s navy all through their Alpine competitions.

She then invested two years in Australia. Her adventures down below involved working as a jillaroo – a woman novice on a cattle station or sheep station – in the bush, but the mountains were continue to contacting and she took gain of snow in the southern hemisphere in June and July.

Caroline and Fjord used virtually 10 many years living and performing together

“I channelled my energies into starting to be a ski patroller,” claimed Caroline. “My simplicity on skis served me development promptly and my fascination in this space of function created learning a pleasure. I done my to start with teaching in Thredbo [a ski resort in New South Wales] in the Australian Alps.

“I quickly realised upon my return to Europe that my diplomas with the kangaroos were not heading to stand up in opposition to ‘le coq français‘ and the qualification would not be recognised in France.”

From 2007, Caroline completed a series of exams, culminating in a class in 2011 at the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme in Chamonix to achieve the pisteur secouriste 2éme degré.

All along, she enriched her information by using parallel programs with Météo France to examine the climate programs and snow atmosphere, alongside with a qualification to detonate prospective snow masses as an artificier with the Affiliation Nationale Etude Neige et Avalanches.

Fjord and Caroline in action (53908797)
Fjord and Caroline in action (53908797)

“Having said that, the crème de la crème of times has to be when I entered the fire and rescue mountain rescue device to grow to be a research and rescue canine handler in 2010 with Fjord, my French flat-coated retriever.”

He was her faithful companion from the instant she picked him up, aged just 7 months, from a breeder in north-east France. Correctly, their initial conference was throughout a snowstorm.

Like Caroline, Fjord was a rapid learner and passed his possess examinations when he was two. She reported: “I qualified him with advice from my coach and colleagues in the specialist SAR (search and rescue) doggy device with fire and rescue in France.”

Fjord was Caroline's faithful companion from the moment she picked him up as a seven-week-old puppy from a breeder
Fjord was Caroline’s trustworthy companion from the second she picked him up as a seven-week-aged puppy dog from a breeder

They worked and lived alongside one another in the Pyrénées and ended up inseparable till Fjord died in 2020.

Caroline stated: “He was quite much a pet far too the bond was fusional, hence the loss was huge when he passed absent just in advance of lockdown.

"Fjord was mischievous, faithful, stubborn yet sensitive and incredibly affectionate," said Caroline
“Fjord was mischievous, faithful, stubborn however delicate and extremely affectionate,” explained Caroline

“I now have a wonderful woman identified as Källa, who will ideally have Fjord’s puppies in the up coming couple of a long time.

“Fjord was mischievous, faithful, stubborn still sensitive, exceptionally affectionate and had a penchant for ingesting socks – for this reason his dying, silly boy.

“He liked having bananas and employed to drool when I peeled an orange. I also caught him a few of moments with his nose in my pint of beer! He also stole after a few tightly-packed French saucisson from the kitchen area leading.”

His loss prompted Caroline to publish Fjord’s Mountain Mission.

“Immediately after Fjord’s death and beneath lockdown pointers, I experienced a large amount of time on my arms and the seed was planted,” she claimed. “I place with each other all the minor anecdotes of Fjord funnies and the tale commenced to just take kind. I desired to honour the unbelievable do the job Fjord did, specially continuing to educate kids as we did in the Pyrénées.

Fjord with Caroline on a French mountain search and rescue exercise
Fjord with Caroline on a French mountain search and rescue exercising

“I really feel it’s vital that children are introduced to the mountain in advance of they even arrive. With this e-book, they can discover all about a winter resort from the comfort of their house in advance of they head for the trip. The end result will ideally be that they will have much less incidents and delight in their excursion even additional, removing any fears or panic about their 7 days in the snow.

“It’s a correct story with real-existence characters and very enchanting, teaching small children and parents alike the protection knowledge they will require for such a trip.

“My illustrator, Evgenia Malina, has so beautifully brought Fjord to everyday living via the internet pages. Fjord talks us by his day up the hill, ending in an avalanche rescue, which is a genuine tale… a 4-12 months-previous female remaining rescued thanks to the canine team.”

As an individual who has defied stereotypes, Caroline hopes the book – which is also available in French and German and will be readily available in languages which includes Spanish, Italian and Japanese subsequent calendar year – will inspire and empower youthful girls with a feeling of adventure to deal with a part generally taken by males.

The FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) and FIPS (Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski) assist the book and are advertising and marketing it all over the world.

Fjord with Caroline on a French mountain SAR helicopter
Fjord with Caroline on a French mountain SAR helicopter

Caroline, who is now instruction with the North West Ambulance Provider in Cumbria so she can be nearer to her mum, intends to return to France some day.

But in the meantime, her new-identified appreciate of writing usually means more tales will be informed, such as a sequence of photograph books for toddlers.

* Fjord’s Mountain Mission is available for £14.99 and can be ordered on the internet from Waterstones.

Caroline's book about Fjord (53908809)
Caroline’s book about Fjord (53908809)