CSAR’s fourth annual photo contest rules and guidelines
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
2w ago
Cover photo by Ted Katauskas of Vail Mountain Rescue Group CSAR members, it’s time for the annual photo contest!  The top three winners in each category will go on CSAR’s blog and social media channels with credit to the photographer and a cash prize.  Here are the categories and awards: Best rescue/training photo  1st place $100 2nd place $30 3rd place $20 Best interagency photo 1st place $100 2nd place $30 3rd place $20 Best photo showing internal teamwork 1st place $100 2nd place $30 3rd place $20 Best rescue-related photo from a non-SAR member 1st place $100 2nd p ..read more
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Should you hike (bike, climb, ride, ski) alone?
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
1M ago
In the summer of 2023, sexual assaults on women hiking alone were in the news after two separate arrests in Boulder and Jefferson counties.  Whether people should recreate in the backcountry alone has always been a topic of conversation and these terrible incidents sparked more of that dialogue. Of course, the topic is not just about sexual assault.  The potential mishaps that can be made worse if you are alone include plenty of things more statistically likely than being attacked by another human.   There are organizations that will tell you never to go out alone, under an ..read more
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How to make the perfect 911 call from the backcountry
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
2M ago
Making a 911 call for help sounds simple, but if you’ve ever had to do it during a true emergency you know that stress, anxiety and confusion can get in the way, especially if you are the person experiencing the emergency. The first step, of course, is knowing when to make that call.  Backcountry search and rescue (BSAR) teams in Colorado do not charge for their services and they are available for anyone lost, injured or ill in the backcountry.  They would rather you call sooner than later if you truly need assistance.  Calling because you’re tired, however, is a misuse of these ..read more
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$50,000 awarded to seven Colorado backcountry SAR teams through Kyle Clark’s Word of Thanks microgiving campaign
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
2M ago
Here in Colorado, we like to think of our backcountry search and rescue (BSAR) community as a team of teams.  Even the biggest, best-resourced teams need assistance from other organizations at times.  That’s why when Kyle Clark of 9News called to say that he and the generous supporters of his Word of Thanks micro-giving program would like to donate to us in March, we created a grant application that gave a little extra weight to requests from teams that help out beyond their county borders.  Many teams in Colorado respond to mutual aid requests from their neighboring counties, d ..read more
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Who is CSAR and what do we do?
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
4M ago
CSAR is an association of member organizations focused on backcountry search and rescue (BSAR) in Colorado.  Our members include nonprofit volunteer BSAR teams, sheriff’s offices, BSAR teams that work as part of a sheriff’s office, and partners such as air ambulances and the national parks within Colorado.   Our mission is to provide resource coordination, advocacy, education and collaboration to the BSAR community, all in service of improving responder and rescue subject safety.   Resource coordination CSAR maintains an on-call group of subject matter experts year-round to ..read more
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I Gave It All I Had, Man
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
4M ago
By Brian Chambliss, Plugged In Productions In 2019, my father went missing. He was climbing one of Colorado’s fourteen thousand foot peaks and he had gone silent. The Alpine Rescue Team (ART), an organization I had never heard of before, put on a search and rescue effort to find him. They had a group of 20 people and two helicopters searching for him for three days straight. My father was an experienced climber. He started in 1998 and over the next 21 years, he would go on to summit peaks all over the world: Aconcagua, Denali and Cho Oyu just to name a few. At the end of day three, the Alpine ..read more
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Winter Backcountry Safety – A Hut Trip Story
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
4M ago
by Kyle Griffin, Summit County Rescue Group. Photos by Carson Covell. “This is my first hut trip!” was a common remark among 20 strangers, soon to become friends, as they pushed open the heavy pine door of Janet’s Cabin and shuffled to the dark corners of the coat room. Janet’s, as it is commonly known, sits in the Guller Creek drainage southwest of Copper Mountain near the border of Summit and Eagle counties. My wife, Kristen, and I had been invited as the lucky guests of a fellow member of the Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG), who had booked this rustic paradise over the New Year’s holiday ..read more
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How to Build a Stronger Team by Writing Stuff Down
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
4M ago
By Hannah Gallagher, Lake County Search and Rescue In my professional life, I serve as a director of quality, risk and compliance for a federally funded community health center. I have also been a member of two very different SAR teams in Colorado over the last decade: one pulling resources and membership from the entire Metro-Denver area, and the other based in the small mountain community of Lake County. Both teams are full of passionate volunteers doing the best they can with the tools they have. All of these experiences have positioned me to observe the ways that groups can organize themse ..read more
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There are no heroes in backcountry search and rescue
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
5M ago
Cover photo by Jack Hickisch of Arapahoe Rescue Patrol Have you ever noticed that backcountry search and rescue (BSAR) teams usually emphasize their teamwork rather than promoting the actions of individual rescuers?  For the most part, you won’t see hero stories in the news or on social media.   In the language of organizational development theory, the true definition of “team” is a group of people who have task interdependence.  In other words, it isn’t possible for one person on the team to be successful and others to fail; they sink or swim together.  That may be pa ..read more
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Avalanche Transceiver Training Parks in Colorado
Colorado Search & Rescue Association
by Anna Debattiste
5M ago
This list was originally created by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) in the 2022/2023 winter season and has not been verified since then. Especially with locations labeled as seasonal installs, the practice park may not exist anymore or may not have been installed yet during the early season, so please check before you travel. Steamboat Resort Rocky Mountain National Park Winter Park Resort Arapahoe Basin Ski Area – seasonal install Keystone Ski Area Loveland Ski Area Frisco Adventure Park (by Summit County Rescue Group) – seasonal install Two Elk Lodge, Vail Resort Meadow Mou ..read more
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