Rigging for Rescue

There is a certain cachet in the technical rescue. When many people think of Search and Rescue, the first image in their minds is an orange-shirted attendant guiding a litter down a steep rock face, innumerable pulleys and pieces of cord dangling from his harness. In reality, technical missions form a distinct minority of all SAR […]

2014 MRA Reaccreditation: Search and Tracking

Inyo SAR is a member of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA.)  From their website at www.mra.org: “The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) was established in 1959 at Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon making us the oldest Search and Rescue association in the United States. The MRA is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives […]

Motorcycle breakdown strands rider near Deep Springs

On Sunday May 11, 2014, at about 10:30am, the Inyo County Sheriff dispatch was contacted by a reporting party (RP) from Eagle, Colorado.  The RP stated that he had been dirt biking with his two brothers when one brother’s bike broke down. The RP and the third brother rode out for help, arriving at Deep […]

Cliffed out hiker in DVNP results in technical rescue

On Friday, April 18th at 7:30pm Inyo SAR members received notice of a young woman trapped on a cliff in Death Valley National Park’s Golden Canyon.  Golden Canyon is best known for its appearance in Star Wars when R2D2 gets ambushed by Jawa.  In fact, it appears that we used the very same narrow corridor/gully […]