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Altadena Mountain Rescue Team successfully completes the 2013 Mountain Rescue Association Snow & Ice Reaccreditation

With a nearly perfect score, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team completed the 2013 Mountain Rescue Association Snow & Ice Reaccreditation. AMRT, along with more than 20 teams from throughout California, gathered in June Lake to complete the reaccreditation they had been training for these past months. The exercise consited of two parts, locating an injured victim and extracting them from the mountain along with a beacon search designed to simulate the search for an individual burried after an avalance. To see images from the exercise, click here.

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"The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) is a national volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education. The California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association consists of over 20 rescue teams from thoughout the state of California. Majority of the members are unpaid volunteers who are highly trained. Accredited teams must meet the high standards of the MRA and must be re-evaluated every five years in each of the three search and rescue skills: Search and Tracking, Technical Rock, and Snow and Ice. California MRA teams not only respond to search and rescue operations in the unit's area of responsibility, but will also respond to mutual aid calls anywhere in the state to assist other agencies."

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Images from the 2013 Snow & Ice Reaccreditation have been posted to the gallery at amrt.org

Images from the Mountain Rescue Association 2013 Snow & Ice Reaccreditation held this past weekend in June Lake, California have been added to the gallery. Click here to see all of the images.

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AMRT rescues 14 year old male stuck 400' above Eaton Canyon Monday February 18th

At approximately 5:30pm on Monday February 18th, a call came in for a 14 year old male stuck 400' above canyon bottom in Eaton Canyon. The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded and after assessing the situation determined the best option, based on the victims position and lack of injuries, would be to raise him to the ridge above. Members of the team made their way up the mountain and to a position roughly 300' above the victim. Once a lowering system was rigged, a member of the team was sent down to the victim. Once on scene, the rescuer placed the young male into a rescue harness and began the 300' ascent to the ridgelline above. Now safely with the team members above, the victim was walked out and reuinted with his mother, who had initially called in the request for aid. The operation concluded at 10:30pm.

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Support the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team today, make a donation online

If you missed the opportunity to claim a 2012 tax deduction, you can still donate to AMRT and secure your tax donation for 2013. 

 

Established in 1951, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is the oldest organization of its kind in Southern California and a founding member of the Mountain Rescue Association. as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization we do not charge for ANY searches or rescues no matter how extensive, difficult, or dangerous they may be. Consequently, over 50% of the funding for necessary equipment, vehicles, and training comes from private donations.

With this active operating tempo the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is understandably hard on equipment and vehicles. Your tax-deductible donation today will ensure that the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team can continue in needed rescue services to the citizens of Altadena and other nearby communities.

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A few hours remain to donate and receive a deduction on your 2012 taxes

Donate to AMRT before midnight via PayPal and receive a tax deduction for 2012. Please know that donations, in any amount, are greatly appreciated and will allow the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team to continue to train and respond at the high levels our operations demand.

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Established in 1951, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is the oldest organization of its kind in Southern California and a founding member of the Mountain Rescue Association. as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization we do not charge for ANY searches or rescues no matter how extensive, difficult, or dangerous they may be. Consequently, over 50% of the funding for necessary equipment, vehicles, and training comes from private donations.

With this active operating tempo the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is understandably hard on equipment and vehicles. Your tax-deductible donation today will ensure that the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team can continue in needed rescue services to the citizens of Altadena and other nearby communities.

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Donate to AMRT today and receive a tax deduction for 2012

 

Donate to AMRT today and receive a tax deduction for 2012. Please know that donations, in any amount, are greatly appreciated and will allow the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team to continue to train and respond at the high levels our operations demand.

 

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!

Established in 1951, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is the oldest organization of its kind in Southern California and a founding member of the Mountain Rescue Association. as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization we do not charge for ANY searches or rescues no matter how extensive, difficult, or dangerous they may be. Consequently, over 50% of the funding for necessary equipment, vehicles, and training comes from private donations.

With this active operating tempo the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is understandably hard on equipment and vehicles. Your tax-deductible donation today will ensure that the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team can continue in needed rescue services to the citizens of Altadena and other nearby communities.

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AMRT donation drive is underway

Established in 1951, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is the oldest organization of its kind in Southern California and a founding member of the Mountain Rescue Association. as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization we do not charge for ANY searches or rescues no matter how extensive, difficult, or dangerous they may be. Consequently, over 50% of the funding for necessary equipment, vehicles, and training comes from private donations.

With this active operating tempo the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is understandably hard on equipment and vehicles. Your tax-deductible donation today will ensure that the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team can continue in needed rescue services to the citizens of Altadena and other nearby communities.

Many of you will likely be receiving a mailer from AMRT in the next few days, if you have not received it already. If you would like an electronic (PDF) copy that you can forward to friends and family, click on the cover image below. Please know that donations, in any amount, are greatly appreciated and will allow the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team to continue to train and respond at the high levels our operations demand.

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Successful membership drive held Sunday December 2nd at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Despite the rainy weather, a number of people showed up throughout the day to inquire about becoming a member of the team. Click on the image below to be taken to the gallery to see a few pictutes from the day.

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AMRT will hold a membership drive on Sunday December 2nd at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Ever consider mountain rescue?  Altadena Mountain Rescue Team needs you!​

Interested in becoming a member of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team? Join us at a membership drive to be held Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr. in Pasadena from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more about the organization, meet members of the team, see rescue demonstrations, and learn how you can help. For more information, please visit the team website at www.amrt.org.

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AMRT responding to call for 4 lost hikers in Eaton Canyon

AMRT is responding to a call for four hikers lost in Eaton Canyon above the first waterfall. They are reported as uninjured. This post will be updated as the operation progresses.

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UPDATE: Team responds to call for injured rider and horse after fall from trail

UPDATE: The horse has been evac'd to the fire road. Attempts to rescue via helicopter were unsuccessful, so a path was cut allowing the horse to be walked up to the trail. The owner and the horse are uninjured and are walking out with members of the rescue team.

   

AMRT is attempting to rescue a horse that fell while navigating a mountain trail in the Angeles National Forest above Altadena.

The horse and rider fell in the El Prieto Canyon area, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Angela Shepherd. The rider was not hurt, said Shepherd.

Responders are attempting to stage a helicopter rescue after an earlier helicopter rescue attempt failed. Rescue vehicles have not been able to reach the horse because the animal is at a very high elevation, according to a Sheriff's Dept. statement.

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A few photos from the Search and Tracking training from October 28th have been added to the gallery

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Sunday evening call for 5 lost hikers looking for second waterfall in Eaton Canyon - October 28, 2012

After a successful day of search and tracking training in Millard and Grand Canyons, the call came out Sunday evening just before 9pm for five lost hikers, last seen at approximately 4pm. According to the informant, who was at the nature center, they were looking for the second waterfall in Eaton Canyon and were overdue. Members of the team proceeded up canyon towards the first waterfall, while other members were staged at the nature center on the chance that the lost hikers made it down on their own, which turned out to be the case. The team that was working their way up canyon intercepted the five lost hikers on their way out, which included two children, ages 3 and 5, along with three adults of varying ages. Upon learning of the fact that the children were taken up the ridgeline above the first waterfall, the parents were educated on the extreme dangers of that route, especially for such young, incapable children. Having also been informed of the number of serious injuries and deaths that had occurred in recent years, they were sent on their way, hopefully with a better understanding of the seriousness of their actions. 

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AMRT responds to call for man stuck on cliff in Coyote Canyon

AMRT, along with units from LA County Fire and Pasadena Fire, responded to a call for a man hiking in Coyote Canyon who became stuck on a cliff. The victim was eventually airlifed by LA County Fire and released with only minor injuries. 

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Photo credit to Pasadena Star-News

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Rescue operation in Eaton Canyon Saturday September 29, 2012

At approximately 7pm on Saturday September 29th, a call came in for a hiker stuck on a rock between the first and second waterfalls in Eaton Canyon. AMRT responded, with support provided by Sierra Madre Search and Rescue. 


Once on scence, the victims exact location was determined and a crew was dispatched up the ridgeline. Now positioned above the victim, we were able to communicate clearly and determin he was uninjured. A lowering system was set-up allowing a team member to reach the victim, who was then safely lowerd to the canyon floor approximately 200 feet below.


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New images from the recent high line training in Eaton Canyon have been posted to the gallery

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A call for a stranted female hiker ends in a successfull rescue of a four-legged victim - September 1, 2012

A call came out for a 30 year old female stuck on the Dawn Mine trail; turns out they were off the Sunset Trail and it was two women with two dogs. Fire Department helicopter airlifted 2 female hikers and 1 small dog. The other dog they could not get to.

Two AMRT members went to Millard Canyon bottom where they heard the dog above them. An attempt was made to climb up to where the dog was located but a 50 foot vertical section proved to be impassable. It was decided we would try to access the dog from above. We could hear the dog, a 90lb. German Shepard, almost directly below us at the Sierra Saddle.

Once the winch truck was in position, we began lowering two members and a litter down to the dog. Along the way they encountered a considerable amount of poison oak over the 600+ foot distance that would be covered to reach the dog. Once on scene, we provided the dog with much needed water.

Now secured to the litter, we began to raise the dog up to Sierra Saddle. The raise went smoothly, and once at the top the dog was reunited with its' owner.

Turns out the German Shepherd spotted a deer and took off, breaking free from his leash. While attempting to retrieve him, the victims became stuck, prompting the rescue.

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Fall from ridge in Eaton Canyon results in fatality - August 8, 2012

Shortly after 6pm on Wednesday August 8th, the third call of the evening was received by AMRT. This call was for a young male, approximately 20 years of age, who had fallen from the ridgeline above the first waterfall in Eaton Canyon. The team had just left the Eaton Canyon area minutes earlier, after responding to the earlier call for a fall victim.

Upon their return to the access road to the canyon, two team members quickly made their way to the scene of the incident. AMRT was first on scene, and located the victim, who had fallen in the same area as one of the fatalities that occurred the previous year. It was determined by the first responders that the vicitim had died as a result of the injuries suffered during the fall. 

The team worked quickly to secure the scene and interview witnesses to the fall. 

The victim, who was hiking with three other individuals, decided to climb to the upper falls alone while the other members of his party stayed below. The route chosen by the victim, while appearing to be a trail, was nothing more than loose stones and rocky debris covering a very steep slope. It was during his attempted return to the canyon bottom that he lost his footing and fell approximately 150 to the canyon bottom. 

The images below have been added to this post to emphasize the seriousness of the situation and the potential consequences. 

 

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UPDATED:Team receives three calls within minutes of each other Wednesday Aug. 8

Three calls come in within minute Wednesday afternoon. One call for two missing hikers and two separate calls for fall victims. This post will be updated as details become available.

UPDATE: The two missing hikers were located without incident.

The first fall victim, who fell near the first waterfall in Eaton Canyon, was seriously injured and transported to the hospital for treatment.

The second fall victim, who also fell near the first waterfall in Eaton Canyon, did not survive the fall. 

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AMRT assists Inyo County SAR in search for missing hiker near Norman Clyde Peak August 1, 2012

Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team joined the search effort near Big Pine, in Inyo County, for a 60 year old male hiker. He was reported missing by friends after he left camp at 2:00pm on Saturday July 28th to climb Norman Clyde Peak and failed to return that evening. He had signed the register at the top of the peak at 6:30pm, but was not seem afterward. Access to the peak is very difficult, as there are no marked trails and the train is very steep and surrounded by glaciers. 

Upon arrival at the command post, we were given our assignment and prepared our packs accordingly. We were flown in via helicopter to begin our search. The terrain consisted of huge boulder fields, dense brush, steep canyons, and cliffs, with the search beginning at 11,300 feet in elevation. The rough terrain and lack of marked trail kept us in the field until nightfall. The decision was made to set-up camp for the night and not risk navigating the treacherous terrain in the dark.

At sunrise, we continued on our assigned route and ended the operation back at the command post. Upon our arrival, we learned the victim was found deceased late Wednesday night on the south face of Norman Clyde Peak.

The photo below shows some of the terrain searched by teams in the area of Norman Clyde Peak.

Photo credit to Inyo County Sheriff Department

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