Since 1948, Seattle Mountain Rescue has been a dedicated volunteer team of alpine climbers, ready to respond to wilderness emergencies year-round. We share a love for the outdoors, and we aspire to leverage our collective experience to help others who have found themselves in need of it.

From extreme technical rope rescue on the snowy slopes of Snoqualmie Pass in January, to the simplicity of hiking up Mailbox Peak to hand a benighted hiker a headlamp, our members take pride in serving their community. We are called to action over 150 times each year.

If you have intermediate level alpine climbing skills and have a strong personal desire to join the team, we accept applications throughout the year. New applicants are interviewed during our February and August Board meetings, on the third Thursday of the month.  In order to be considered for an interview the applicant must meet the unit prerequisites and have submitted their application to the Membership Chair by the first of February or August for consideration.


For membership inquiries please contact our Recruitment Chair.

Candidate Evaluation Criteria

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Have three years of alpine mountaineering experience, including technical rock and glacier.
  • Demonstrated intermediate level mountaineering skills.  (As a rule of thumb, intermediate level mountaineering skills are demonstrated by leading class 5.6 rock and Grade II ice in an alpine environment. For a list of example climbs in the local Washington area, please see here.)
  • Be able to provide references from two members of the mountaineering community.
  • Possess at a minimum an AHA/ARC conforming adult/basic first aid and CPR certification.  Your certification must be current and valid for six months at the time of application in order to be considered.  (WFA/WFR and/or EMT certifications are encouraged, though not required.)
  • An Avalanche Level 1 course is encouraged, though not required at the time of application.
  • Be able to demonstrate sound decision making skills in the backcountry.

In addition to these prerequisite requirements, candidates must pass a background check by the King County Sheriff’s Office.

SMR Member Requirements

  • Respond to at least 5 missions
  • Attend at least 20 hours of rope rescue rigging training per year
  • Maintain compliance with WA State & King County S&R Core Competencies requirements
  • Applicants who are accepted into the unit must complete ICS-100 and 700 prior to deploying into the field on missions
  • Members are highly encouraged to maintain at least an Avalanche Level 1 certification.
  • Membership in Seattle Mountain Rescue is at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors