• 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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Thanks to The Mountaineers for organizing today's Mountaineers Leadership Conference and getting 250+ members of our community together to talk about leadership, growth, diversity, and more! We were fortunate to have several members attend the sessions and hear from all the great speakers.

We also had the opportunity to do a mock rigging scenario during lunch and also lead a few of the sessions at the conference:

-Miles and Imran hosted a case study of a climbing accident Miles had on Mt. Stuart, offering takeaways attendees could apply to their own trips.

-Rob talked about leadership, innovating in restrictive environments, and the healing effects of nature for military members, drawing largely on his experience organizing the Air Force's Seven Summit Challenge.

-Matt did a workshop on how to keep the learning process as interesting as possible for the outdoor adventurer. He discussed discuss how to keep students engaged, convey necessary factual information in a way they retain, and excite them to engage in what is being taught!

-Larry shared his lessons learned about avoiding and dealing with accidents, based on his time teaching mountaineering and volunteering with SMR.

You can learn more about the conference at:
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Today, millions of people will celebrate #givingtuesday as a way to harness the generosity of people across the globe and have real impact on their communities.

If you are among those who will be making charitable contributions, please consider Seattle Mountain Rescue as a potential recipient of your gift. SMR is ready to provide assistance to those who need our skills and expertise at a moments call, and we do this solely with funding we receive from community donations and member contributions.

Help us help those in need at www.seattlemountainrescue.org/donate/.
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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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