• You are true heroes!
    His wife and three girls get to enjoy many more years with their father thanks to you.
    Never underestimate the value of what you do.

  • Seattle Mountain Rescue pulled me up the mountain and lowered me over a steep section on the other side. All while I was strapped in a sled. In a storm. And in the dark.

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  • Words are just not enough.
    You brought my son back to me.
    And for that I will be forever grateful.

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  • I wouldn’t be here today if it was not for the selflessness of your members.

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  • SMR’s selflessness ensured that a bad day for me didn’t become an even worse day for my family.

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  • I can't thank you and everyone else enough.
    We are all very fortunate to have people that are willing to donate their time and talent to others.

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Our Mission

Incorporated in 1948, Seattle Mountain Rescue is a volunteer organization of seasoned alpinists dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and mountain safety education. It specializes in mountainous terrain searches and high angle rescues, primarily in King County, Washington. It is a fully-accredited member of the Mountain Rescue Association and the King County Search and Rescue Association.

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How Prepared Are You?

Whether it’s checking to make sure you have your 10 Essentials for a short day hike or creating an itinerary with an emergency contingency plan for a multi-day overnight camping trip, ensure you take the proper precautions before heading out. Far too many of our rescues could have been avoided.

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High avy danger today across the state...

There are several different hazards contributing to the rating. Check out www.nwac.us/avalanche-forecast/current/cascade-west-snoqualmie-pass/ if you want to learn more about them.

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Yesterday evening, a hiker lost the trail coming down Tenerife and attempted to downclimb a series of cliffs before finally finding himself stuck on a small, sloping mossy ledge above an overhanging 75' cliff, unable to move without sliding off.

SMR, along with Everett Mountain Rescue who were training in the area, and King County Explorer Search and Rescue responded.

Teams quickly climbed to the subject, secured him, and then lowered him to the bottom of the cliff. Teams then piggybacked and shortroped the subject back to the trail, assisted him out, and drove him home.
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Brad SpiegelGood outcome for this situation. Good job. Happy that the hiker was not injured. That said anyone who is going into our mountainous backcountry (solo or otherwise) needs to take wilderness orienteering classes, a wilderness first aid class, and always carry the 10 essentials with them.3 days ago   ·  5
Janet DavidsonThank God for our volunteer search and rescue organizations. I am so proud of my daughter who is a member of one of these groups. These folks are amazing!3 days ago   ·  1
Shyan GriffithGreat job everyone. Thank you for all you do. Stay safe.3 days ago   ·  1
Michelle MortimerWow, such courageous and great people. Thank u for being there2 days ago   ·  1
Terry ShivelyGreat job people! This guy needs some backcountry travel knowledge if he's going to be a solo hiker.3 days ago   ·  1
Melanie CooperGotta love those happy endings! Nice work!!!3 days ago   ·  1
Morgan MillerBlessings to you all as always. Our San Bernadino's 🤝.3 days ago   ·  3
Julie EnyeartWow! Thank you all for your rescue! Blessings.3 days ago   ·  1
Nancy HigginsSo glad that ended well! God bless SMR!3 days ago   ·  1
Daniel LangGreat job all involved!2 days ago   ·  1
Cat GreenThank you for everything you do!3 days ago   ·  1
Dan VailTrue life savers3 days ago   ·  1
Teresa YiTHANK YOU!!3 days ago   ·  1
Craig CoakThanks for all that you do!3 days ago   ·  1
Mary RohlmanThanks, SMR!3 days ago   ·  1
April BrownYou guys rock!3 days ago   ·  1
Halina Zofia Maria PosielskiThank you3 days ago   ·  1
Stephen Van Hornthanks SMR!! well done3 days ago   ·  1
Ryan RichardsGod bless you guys.3 days ago   ·  1
Christina Shugart EudyYou guys rock! Thank you!3 days ago   ·  1
Joseph DarnellNice team work!!!3 days ago   ·  1
Don Bev PittsY'all are truly heroes3 days ago   ·  1
Jim NaleGood work!3 days ago   ·  1
Lance Hanson🤘🏻3 days ago   ·  2
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WTA CoverHiker’s Guide to Search and Rescue

Gaining a better appreciation for search and rescue can make you a safer and more confident hiker. After all, at some point you might be the one in need of help. And in that moment, your knowledge of who to call, when to expect help and what to do while you wait could just save your life.

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