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    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.

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  • 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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    You brought my son back to me.
    And for that I will be forever grateful.

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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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    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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Ever thought about joining mountain rescue? Now's the time!

Volunteering with SMR is a great opportunity to join our 70+ members that love to climb, ski, and hike; give back to the climbing and skiing communities; and improve your technical rescue skills.

We are accepting applications for our next new member class until February 1st. To apply, applicants must...
-Be at least 18 years or older
-Have at least 3 years of intermediate mountaineering experience (demonstrated by leading 5.6 trad and/or grade II ice)
-Possess at least basic first aid/CPR
-Respond to at least 5 missions and attend at least 20 hours of rope rescue training per year

You can read more about how to join at www.seattlemountainrescue.org/join/.
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High avalanche danger forecast for across the state the next couple of days...stay safe out there!

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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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