Debunking The Myths of Mountain Rescue

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National Geographic Adventure has posted an interesting interview with Steve Rollins who is in charge of Portland’s mountain rescue teams, and coordinated the efforts to rescue Jerry Cooke, Brian Hall, and Kelly James, the three climbers lost on Ranier last December.

Steve answers a number of great questions regarding rescue operations, and debunks a lot of the myths that people have about mountain rescue, like the impact rescue operations have on our tax dollars (hint: it’s almost zero), how most of the search and rescue team are volunteers, and that it’s not a glamours lifestyle as some would like to believe.

It’s a good read and gives some nice insights into what goes on behind the scenes witn a search and rescue team.

Kraig Becker

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