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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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It was a long night as teams responded to Lake Kulla Kulla and Granite Mountain yesterday.

Teams were called out around 3PM, when a forest ranger heard calls for help from Mt. Defiance. It had turned out one hiker was stranded on a small ledge, while another had fallen about 100 feet from the same spot to the lake shore below.

A team did some spicy climbing on wet rock to the stranded hiker to get him back down safely, and then teams from SMR and King County Explorer Search and Rescue worked to stabilize, package, raise and carry the injured hiker that had fallen back to the trailhead.

While teams were responding to Lake Kulla Kulla, we received another call out for two lost hikers on Granite. We diverted one of our members that was headed to the first mission to Granite instead to help locate them.

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Tami ProckLong night but the teams did incredible work. Shout out to the Bellevue Medic team. They don't train to hike 12+ hours like we do.3 days ago   ·  8
John SmithThat's a good senecio of why we need RANGERS and why we need SAR/MOUNTAIN RESCUE. 👍4 days ago   ·  13
Julie EnyeartThankful for you all and the help you so willingly give!4 days ago   ·  6
Chip ThompsonVery Nice Work and Glad All Responders Came Home Safely. Strong Work!!3 days ago   ·  1
Michael PowellSo thankful for SMR! 💪❤️👏4 days ago   ·  5
Yogesh KumarSpicy climbing!4 days ago   ·  2
Halina Zofia Maria PosielskiThank you4 days ago   ·  1
Micha OllertonThank you people!!!4 days ago   ·  1
Christina Shugart EudyThank you for all you do SMR!4 days ago   ·  1
Delbert BarrettWish I was younger I would join you4 days ago   ·  1
Harriet AnguloYou do amazing work. Thank you.3 days ago   ·  1
Owen WollumThank you for all that you do!4 days ago   ·  1
Vern Nelson Jrgood getting out with you guys glad we could support- Chelan County Mountain Rescue Association3 days ago   ·  3
Tonya MarieStay on the fing trail or stay home! Why do people think they can put others in a dangerous rescue situation.3 days ago
Ryan RichardsI wrote the last wta trail report for kulla kulla lakes. I'm lucky to be alive. U belay off trees?3 days ago   ·  1
Marta BrasWhat the rest of us hikers can learn from those two situations?3 days ago
Dean TryonI assume you were involved!4 days ago
Ben WilsonChris3 days ago

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