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  • Title: Seattle Mountain Rescue
    Descriptive info: .. An organization dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education.. Home >>.. Officers.. Safety Tips.. History.. Newsletters.. Join SMR.. Links.. Contact.. Members Only.. Seattle Mountain Rescue.. Seattle Mountain Rescue is a volunteer organization of seasoned alpinists dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue and mountain safety education in the Pacific Northwest.. SMR is  ...   units which make up the.. King County Search and Rescue Association.. operating under the.. King County Sheriff's Office.. SMR is a fully accredited.. Mountain Rescue Association.. team member.. The unit specializes in mountainous terrain searches and high angle rescues, primarily in King County, Washington.. Follow @SeattleMtRescue.. Website development by.. stevaln.. Direct comments or questions to.. webmaster..

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  • Title: Seattle Mountain Rescue
    Descriptive info: Home.. Officers >>.. Gordy Smith.. (Chair).. Larry Colagiovanni.. (Vice-Chair).. Gary Yngve.. (Past Chair).. (Treasurer).. Ron Eng.. (Recording Secretary).. Board Members.. Through 2014.. Russell Anschell.. Doug McCall.. Bob Coleman.. Through 2015.. Rich Evans.. Keith Schultz.. Drew Fletcher.. Through 2016.. Jenn Carter.. Doug Hutton.. Committee Chairs.. Art Farash.. (Bergtrage Editor).. Steve Allen.. (Rescue Chair).. Heather Kosaka.. (Membership Chair).. (Training Chair).. Doug Caley.. (Vehicle Chair).. Bill Davis.. (Communications Chair).. (Equipment Chair).. Doug Seitz.. (Pro Deal Coordinator).. SMR Board Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.. All members are encouraged to attend.. Contact the.. Chair.. for meeting time and location..

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  • Title: Safety Tips
    Descriptive info: Safety Tips >>.. We hope the following information will help to ensure that your next outdoor adventure is safe and enjoyable.. Please take a few moments to be prepared.. We'd rather see you on the trail than on a stretcher!.. Avalanche Awareness.. The 2007/2008 avalanche season was especially deadly, due to a very dangerous snow pack.. The season's snowpack did not allow for any mistakes.. Slopes that had been crossed in the past did not allow for the same chance that year, due to high avalanche danger.. They were more likely to slide, with either human triggered or natural slides and were trapping or killing more people that year.. In an effort to increase awareness,.. Avalanche Awareness Flyers.. were developed and distributed to all major outdoor retailer and rental locations in King County.. The.. Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center(NWAC).. , is the only major resource in the Northwest for current avalanche danger reports.. Every year NWAC is in danger of having to shut down before the avalanche season is over due to lack of funding.. For current information on their funding situation go to the Friends of the Avalanche center at.. http://www.. nwac.. us/membership.. The 10+ Essentials.. Always carry the 10 essentials and check to make sure they are all in working order.. If necessary, are you prepared to spend the night outdoors?.. Extra clothing layers (synthetic or wool).. Map of the area (in a waterproof case).. Drinking water and extra food.. Compass.. Plastic emergency shelter.. First-aid kit.. Pocket knife.. Sunscreen and sunglasses.. Lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter.. Headlamp or flashlight w/extra batteries bulb.. Ethics for Wilderness Travel.. Plan ahead and prepare.. Avoid camping in fragile areas.. Dispose of waste properly.. Leave what you find.. Minimize campfire impact.. Respect wildlife.. Be considerate of others.. Before You Leave Home.. Make sure you have all the equipment, food and clothing you ll need for your trip.. Use a checklist to make sure you haven't forgotten anything.. Before you leave, give someone you trust a written copy of your trip plan.. This plan should include:.. Your estimated time of departure.. The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all group members.. Any relevant medical conditions.. Your vehicle s make, model, and license number.. Your expected route of travel (including trailhead information and camp sites).. Your final destination and expected time of return.. Agree on a procedure for contacting the authorities if you do not report-in by a certain time.. Leave a photocopy of your itinerary in your vehicle.. If you change your plans, call your contact before you start and give them the update.. While Traveling in the Backcountry.. Check your map regularly, even if you are walking on an obvious trail.. Get acquainted with how markings on your map depict the topography around you.. Keep your group together.. Hiking separately can lead to  ...   as emergency equipment.. When you request a rescue, it could take some time for rescuers reach you.. Make use of your 10+ Essentials.. Position yourself in a clearing, away from trees, so you are visible from the air.. If you make camp, stay away from rushing water that could obscure the voices of rescuers calling to you.. Hydration - Drink Water!.. Dehydration is caused by the loss of water and electrolytes.. Most backcountry explorers succumb to dehydration due to overexertion, but vomiting or diarrhea can also make a person vulnerable.. Dehydration is a serious condition that demands immediate attention.. Drink water before you feel thirsty.. Your body needs water before the sensation of thirst kicks in.. Drink more at higher elevations and avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they speed dehydration.. Encourage a seriously dehydrated person to drink at least a few sips every 10 to 15 minutes, even though he or she may not feel thirsty.. Temperature Extremes.. Hypothermia.. is a significant drop in the body s core temperature caused by prolonged or sudden exposure to cold.. This potentially life-threatening condition is surprisingly common among backcountry travelers, especially those who are not familiar with its early warning signs.. A person can become hypothermic even in mild temperatures.. Wind and wetness can cause the rapid onset of hypothermia.. Symptoms include shivering, slurred speech, and apathy.. To prevent hypothermia, stay warm, dry, and well hydrated.. Replace wet clothing with warm items, including a hat, and consume warm food and beverages.. Frostbite.. is the freezing of skin and tissue.. When afflicted, the skin will have an ashen appearance and exhibit an odd discoloration and hard texture.. Treat frostbite by soaking the damaged area in very warm (not hot) water.. Do not use a fire to thaw the damaged area.. Do not massage the afflicted area, and do not allow treated areas to refreeze.. Heat Fatigue.. is usually characterized by muscle cramps, strong thirst and sudden, extreme fatigue.. Heat Exhaustion occurs when heat fatigue worsens.. Symptoms include excessive sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea and rapid heart rate.. Heat Stroke.. is the most severe kind of heat-related illness.. is an extremely serious condition involving the total breakdown of the body heat control system.. Heat stroke victims usually suffer from severe confusion, can not sweat, and in some cases complete nervous system failure.. Heat stroke can be fatal!.. If the situation is serious, have the affected person lie down with their feet elevated to keep sufficient blood flowing to the brain.. Place anything cold in places where major arteries are located: armpits, groin, neck.. Add a wet bandanna on the forehead and fan the person.. Seattle Mountain Rescue has developed a.. brochure.. which contains these safety tips.. For copies, write to:.. P.. O.. Box 67.. Seattle, WA 98111.. Call 911 to request the emergency services of Seattle Mountain Rescue..

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  • Title: History
    Descriptive info: History >>.. Climbers in the State of Washington have been rescuing their fellow climbers since the sport began.. The well-known tragedy in the winter of 1936 which took the life of Delmar Fadden triggered the first steps toward organized rescue outside the National Park Service.. Fadden, who yearned to climb in the Himalayas, made an ambitious solo midwinter ascent of Mt.. Rainier via the Emmons Glacier route.. He perished on the descent.. The well known local climber, Ome Daiber, who had made the first ascent of Liberty Ridge with Arne Campbell and Will H.. (Jim) Borrow, was contacted to help in the search.. Ome and Joe Halwax began the ground search from Starbow, with Jack Hossack and Bob Buschman leaving from Summerland.. They recovered Fadden's snowshoes before being driven off the mountain by a three-day storm.. After the storm abated, the body was spotted from the air and was recovered by a climbing team braving sub-zero conditions.. this much-publicized recovery created great demand for Ome whenever there was need for search or rescue in alpine areas.. Over a period of years, Ome developed a list of climbers that he could depend on in an emergency.. This informal group conducted a large number of successful operations -- some technical in nature -- over the next fifteen years.. Following the Second World War, Wolf Bauer, Kurt Beam, Dr.. Otto Trott, and other local climbers who had come to the Northwest from the Alps made periodic visits to their homeland.. Returning from one of these visits, Wolf, who had been the founder of the Mountaineer's climbing course, called Ome's group together and screened a short movie, "Bergwacht", that had been produced by the famed "Bergwacht" rescue team in Innsbruck.. During a post-screening discussion, the group concluded that climbing in the Northwest had matured sufficiently to require a formal organization to effectively cope with the increasing number of alpine emergencies.. Seattle Mountain Rescue, formerly Mountain Rescue council, was born.. Ome's "pocket list'' formed the nucleus of the new organization.. Many climbers were involved in this effort.. Some of the more prominent were Wolf Bauer, Ome Daiber, Arne Campbell, Max Eckenburg, Dorrell Looff, Kurt Beam, and Dr.. Otto Trott.. Seattle Mountain Rescue ("SMR'') was officially organized in the spring of 1948 under sponsorship of the Mountaineers, the Washington Alpine Club, and the Northwest Region of the National Ski Patrol.. An extensive training program was immediately begun.. The first full-scale mission for the new organization came in September, when Robert Thorson, a Bremerton Eagle Scout, the student body president at Bremerton High School, and the son of a prominent physician, was reported injured on the Brothers.. SMR reached the accident site below the summit shortly after sunrise to find that Bob had died as a result of the fall.. He is commemorated today by "Thorson Peak'' located in the Pershing Massif across the valley from the Brothers.. SMR missions were infrequent during the first few years.. In 1952 and 1953, however, SMR felt the full brunt of the rapidly increasing recreational use of the wilderness.. During those 2 years more than 15 full-scale rescues were mounted for a wide variety of accidents -- avalanches, lightning strikes, crevasse falls,  ...   Colorado, Arizona, and California.. The SMR symbol (originally created by Dr.. Otto Trott) was adopted and copyrighted.. Its adoption contributed greatly to the creation of the continent-wide MRA organization.. One of SMR's greatest challenges came in 1960 when SMR members Pete Schoening and Lou and Jim Whittaker were involved in a fall with non-member John Day near the summit of Mt.. McKinley.. The mission was extensive: Fifty-four climbers representing most of the Washington and Oregon teams were flown to Talkeetna.. The most seriously injured were evacuated by helicopter from 17,200 feet, an unheard of accomplishment in that day, and the others helped down to safety.. The storm that moved in trapped 20 to 30 members at Windy Corner for 10 days.. This experience prompted the acquisition of SMR-owned radios, and the National and local licenses were obtained.. Today, several hundred sets are on the air through-out the MRA system.. All the radios operate on compatible frequencies and are capable of working together.. Since that time SMR has responded to an average of 30 missions each year.. We take satisfaction in having served the climbing community with skill and dedication, and look forward to many more years of effective service.. Historical Articles.. Hiker Staggers Out After 72 Hours of Wandering.. : Seattle P-I, July 25, 1946.. Tragedy On Peaks, Aid Asked: And Cry Arises, "Call Ome Daiber".. , Seattle PI, October 12, 1952.. Rescue Group in Fund Drive.. , Seattle PI, October 26, 1952.. Night Rescue on Mount Si.. , January 1958.. Mountain Rescue Council Praised for Daring Work.. , Seattle Times, September 7, 1958.. Operation Mt.. : Seattle Times, July 31, 1960.. Rescue Doctor.. , Tacoma Mountaineers Alpine News, Feb 1965.. The Daring Mountain Rescue Men.. , Today's Health, April 1968.. Ome to the Rescue.. , Seattle Times, May 17, 1970.. Seattle Rescue Unit Receives National Award.. , 1972.. He's All Heart - Mountain Veteran Vows More Climbs.. , Seattle Times, February 26, 1985.. Indominable Ome.. , Seattle P-I, May 5, 1987.. Legendary Mountaineer Dies at 81.. , Seattle Times, April 4, 1989.. Mountain Rescuer Ome Daiber Dies.. , Seattle PI, April 4, 1989.. Matie Daiber - Taped Interview.. , July 17, 2001.. Unit Vehicles.. SMR put its newest truck into service in 1996.. In fact the new truck's first mission was on July 6, 1996.. But how many trucks has SMR had? Here's a link to some.. history of the trucks.. we've used over the years.. Past Chairs.. (2012-2013).. (2010-2011).. (2008-2009).. Timmy Williams.. (2006-2007).. (2004-2005).. Greg Prothman.. (2002-2003).. Brian Willams.. (2000-2001).. Doug Gantenbein.. (1996-1999).. Tim O'Brien.. (1992-1995).. Rob Jackson.. (1990-1991).. (1986-1989).. Victor Ericson.. (1984-1985).. Donald Goodman.. (1982-1983).. Jeff Hanna.. (1980-1981).. Allan Errington.. (1976-1979).. George Sainsbury.. (1972-1975).. Jerry Newgard.. (1970-1971).. Jerry Sabel.. (1966-1969).. (1964-1965).. Paul Williams.. (1961-1963).. Dorrell Looff.. (1956-1960).. Pete Schoening.. (1955-1956).. Ome Daiber (first elected Chair).. Wolf Bauer (founding Chair).. Founder's Award.. Presented to members who offer outstanding service to Seattle Mountain Rescue and to their fellow mountaineers and hikers.. (2012).. (2008).. (2007).. (2006).. Chris Madden.. (2005).. (2004).. Dave Rusho.. (2003).. (2002).. Jim Baker.. (2001).. Al Errington.. (2000).. John Wick.. (1998).. Honoring Ome Daiber, Dr.. Otto Trott, Wolfe Bauer, Max Eckenburg and others who established Seattle Mountain Rescue in 1948..

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  • Title: Newsletters
    Descriptive info: Newsletters >>.. 2014.. (247).. August.. (246).. June.. (245).. April.. (244).. February.. 2013.. (243).. December.. (242).. October.. (241).. September.. (240).. (239).. July.. (238).. (237).. May.. (236).. (235).. March.. (234).. (233).. January.. 2012.. (232).. (231).. November.. (230).. (229).. (228).. (227).. (226).. (225).. (224).. (223).. (222).. (221).. 2011.. (220).. (219).. (218).. (217).. (216).. (215).. (214).. (213).. (212).. (211).. (210).. (209).. 2010.. (208).. (207).. (206).. (205).. (204).. (203).. (202).. (201).. (200).. (199).. (198).. (197).. 2009.. (196).. (195).. (194).. (193).. (192).. (191).. (190).. (189).. (188).. (187).. (186).. (185).. 2008.. (184).. (183).. (182).. (181).. (180).. (179).. (178).. (177).. (176).. (175).. (174).. (173).. 2007.. (172).. (171).. (170).. (169).. (168).. (167).. (166).. (165).. (164).. 2006.. (163).. (162).. 2005.. (161).. (160).. 2004.. (159).. (158).. 2003.. (157).. 2002.. (156).. (155).. 2001.. (154).. (153).. (152).. 1999.. (151).. 1998.. (150).. 1997.. (149).. 1996.. (148).. (147).. (146).. 1995.. (145).. 1994.. (144).. (143).. (142).. 1993.. (141).. Spring.. 1991.. (140).. Fall.. (139).. 1990.. (138).. (137).. (136).. 1989.. (135).. (134).. (133).. 1988.. (132).. (131).. (130).. (129).. 1987.. (128).. (127).. (126).. 1986.. (125).. 1985.. (124).. (123)..  ...   (104).. August - September.. (103).. (102).. (101).. 1977.. (100).. (99).. March - September.. (98).. January - February.. 1976.. (97).. (96).. (95).. (94).. (93).. (92).. (91).. 1975.. (89).. (90).. (88).. 1974.. (87).. (86).. (85).. 1973.. (84).. (83).. (82).. (81).. (80).. 1972.. (79).. (78).. (77).. 1971.. (76).. September - October.. (75).. July - August.. (74).. (73).. (72).. (71).. 1970.. (70).. (69).. (68).. (67).. 1969.. (66).. 1968.. (65).. (64).. May - July.. (63).. February - April.. 1967.. (61).. August - October.. (60).. (59).. (58).. November - January.. 1966.. (57).. (56).. (55).. 1965.. (54).. (53).. (52).. (51).. 1964.. (50).. (49).. (48).. (47).. 1963.. (46).. (45).. (44).. 1962.. (43).. (42).. (41).. (40).. 1961.. (39).. (38).. (37).. (36).. (35).. (34).. 1960.. (33).. (32).. (31).. (30).. 1959.. (29).. (28).. (27).. (26).. 1958.. (25).. (24).. (23).. (22).. (21).. 1957.. (19).. (18).. (17).. 1956.. (16).. (15).. (14).. (13).. (12).. (11).. (10).. (9).. (8).. 1955.. (6).. (5).. (3).. The deadline for Newsletter submittals is the last day of each month.. Please submit material to the editor at.. bergtrage@seattlemountainrescue.. org..

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  • Title: Join SMR
    Descriptive info: Join SMR >>.. Qualifications for Membership in SMR.. Membership in Seattle Mountain Rescue is at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.. The board uses the following guidelines to evaluate new applicants:.. Three years of alpine mountaineering experience, including technical rock and glacier.. Demonstrated intermediate level mountaineering skills.. References from two members of the general mountaineering community.. Be 18 years of age or older and possess a current MOFA (Mountaineering Oriented First Aid) or WFA (Wilderness First Aid) certification.. As a rule of  ...   an alpine environment.. In addition to the above requirements, prospective candidates must pass a background check by the King County Sheriff's Office.. How to Join SMR.. Seattle Mountain Rescue interviews candidates twice yearly at the February and August monthly meetings.. In order to be considered for an interview the applicant must meet the above requirements and have submitted their application by the first of February or August for consideration.. Please fill out the.. New Member Application.. completely and email it to the.. Membership Chair..

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  • Title: Links
    Descriptive info: Links >>.. Emergency Management Division (EMD).. Emergency Worker Program - Chapter 118-04 WAC.. King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA).. King County 4x4 Search and Rescue.. King County Explorer Search and Rescue.. King County Rescue One.. King County Search Dogs.. Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue.. Pacific Northwest Trackers.. Mountain Rescue Association (MRA).. MRA Team Links..

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  • Title: Contact
    Descriptive info: Contact >>.. Contact Information.. For additional information about Seattle Mountain Rescue write to:.. For.. membership.. inquiries contact.. For general inquiries contact one of our.. or.. or call 425-243-2144 to leave a voicemail message.. Financials and Reporting.. Seattle Mountain Rescue is a 501(c) organization.. Internal Revenue Service Form 1023 and accompanying materials including governing documents, financial statements and/or Form 990, 990EX or 990N (as the case may be) and in addition any Form 990T are available for public viewing, downloading and/or copying.. Documents can be downloaded here or obtained by contacting the Seattle  ...   (1953-04-20).. Bylaws (2013-01-17).. IRS Exemption Letter (1953-08-25).. IRS Classification Letter (1972-01-26).. IRS Exemption Letter (2014-02-27).. 2007 Form 990EZ.. 2007 Form 990EZ Schedule B.. 2008 Form 990EZ.. 2008 Form 990EZ Schedule B.. 2009 Form 990EZ.. 2009 Form 990EZ Schedule A.. 2009 Form 990EZ Schedule B.. 2010 Form 990EZ.. 2010 Form 990EZ Schedule A.. 2010 Form 990EZ Schedule O.. 2011 Form 990EZ.. 2011 Form 990EZ Schedule A.. 2011 Form 990EZ Schedule B.. 2011 Form 990EZ Schedule O.. 2012 Form 990.. 2012 Form 990 Schedule A.. 2012 Form 990 Schedule B.. 2012 Form 990 Schedule O..

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  • Title: Support
    Descriptive info: >>.. Donations.. Seattle Mountain Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through rescue and education.. We respond to an average of 75 missions every year, all year, 24/7.. We're there when you need us.. We operate rescue trucks and snowmobiles, and we maintain a stock of rescue gear, from ropes and rigging equipment to snow and avalanche gear, and a host of communications equipment.. Because of generous donors like you we are able to purchase and maintain  ...   not receive any tax dollars in support of our operation.. If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to our organization, please send a check made out to "Seattle Mountain Rescue" to:.. Donations can also be made by PayPal by clicking the Donate button.. It's secure, fast and free!.. Supporter T-Shirt.. Show your support of Seattle Mountain Rescue by wearing a SMR Supporter T-Shirt.. Color/Size.. Blue/Small $10.. 00.. Blue/Medium $10.. Blue/Large $10.. White/Small $10.. White/Medium $10.. White/Large $10.. White/XL $10..

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