Want to Join SMR? Here’s How!

Seattle Mountain Rescue is always on the lookout for new members to join its team. Think you have what it takes to get involved? Strong candidates will possess the following skills and certifications:

  • 3 years of recent alpine mountaineering experience, including technical rock and glacier. It is recommended that applicants have led class 5.6 rock and Grade II ice in an alpine environment.
  • Demonstrate sound decision making skills in the backcountry and an ability to work well with others, especially during stressful times
  • Desire to become involved in a collaborative volunteer organization, where we are asked to be both leaders and teammates with the King County Sherriff’s office, the other units within King County Search and Rescue, and other member units of the Mountain Rescue Association
  • 2 references from the mountaineering community
  • Availability and desire to respond to missions and attend training. We ask members to attend training at least once every 2 months and respond to 5 missions per year
  • Current AHA/ARC conforming adult/basic first aid and CPR certification (or higher)
  • 18 years or older

SMR accepts new members twice a year, once in February, and once in August. Check out our application page for more info.

Want to learn more about what it takes? We talked to one of our newest members, Cheri Higman, about her experience:

Cheri: Being part of SMR has been great. This community of climbers are amazing to work with and very welcoming. They are supportive, patient, and it has not been an intimidating experience getting onboarded. They have a good mentor program in place, which enables one to easily ask questions and learn about how SMR works.

Why did you join SMR?

C: I chose to join SMR because I felt ready for a new challenge and wanted to use my climbing skills to help people.

Why SMR?

C: I have done a fair bit of volunteer work in outdoor advocacy and education over the past ten years and felt that it would provide a great platform for furthering my education outdoors.

What skills and certifications do you have?

C: My role as an educator as well as wanting to be a responsible climber has encouraged me to acquire certifications that refine and enhance my skill set including: AAIRE 1, WFR and self-rescue courses. I have also have spent the last ten years alpine climbing and mountaineering. These experiences along with the education I received made me feel that I was a good candidate to be a member of SMR.

How did you learn about SMR?

C: I heard about SMR through friends that were already members, and was strongly encouraged to join.

What work have you been involved in thus far:

I have been on a couple of missions so far, and the most significant skill set that SMR has tapped into of mine is rope work and navigation.

Would you encourage others to consider joining SMR?

C: Yes!

Do you have any advice for people thinking of joining?

C: If you are thinking about applying, apply! It’s been an amazing experience thus far and I’m stoked that I made this decision.

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