Holiday weekend proves to be busy one for AMRT – January 17-19, 2015

With five calls and three team activations over the 3 day holiday weekend, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was kept busy.


Saturday January 17th
At approximately 6:00pm on Saturday January 17th a call was received for a male adult with a possible broken leg in the Angeles National Forest. The victim, part of a group of five, was hiking in the Pasadena Glen Canyon area. AMRT, along with Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, LA County and Pasadena Fire responded to the area specified to begin a search for the victim. LA County Fire Helicopter 15, aiding in the search from above, was able to locate the victim, who was hoisted and transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Sierra Madre Search and Rescue hiked in and led out the remaining 4 hikers, all uninjured ranging in age from 14-18. According to their account, they were hiking off trail and the victim fell approximately 15 feet down a steep canyon.

Sunday January 18th
Around 5:30pm on Sunday January 18th AMRT responded to a call for a lost hiker in the area of Eaton Canyon. Altadena, along with members of Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, dispatched to the area and began a search for the victim. LA County Sheriff’s Air 21, providing assistance from above, was able to locate the victim and provide GPS coordinates to teams on the ground.
Using this information, AMRT was able to locate the victim in Eaton Canyon off the Idlehour trail. The 21 year old male, who had become lost in the canyon after darkness set in, was led out and driven to his vehicle.

Monday January 19th
A request to assist Montrose Search and Rescue was received at approximately 7:00pm on Monday January 19th by AMRT. The call was to assist in a search for 8 hikers in the area of Millar Canyon / Dawn Mine. Two of the hikers had been separated from the others and called 911, which was routed to the California Highway Patrol. CHP informed Montrose who in turn called Altadena to assist.
Shortly after the search began, the missing victims were able to make their way out of the canyon and notify the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station that they were safe.

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AMRT Responds to call for two mountain bikers lost near Altadena - December 29, 2014

Shortly after 6:00 a.m. a page went out to team members for two missing mountain bikers. The individuals, both 18-year-old males, had traveled from Valencia, hitting the trail at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Their plan was to ride from Mt. Wilson to Altadena, but as darkness set in they became lost in the mountains. Their family reported them missing when they did not return that evening.

After confirming details with the individual who reported them missing, a search began for their vehicle at the various trailheads in the area. Members from the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team along with L.A. County Fire, CHP, Sierra Madre and Montrose SAR all responded to the call. Once their vehicle was located at the Windsor Gate near The Arroyo, a detailed search began in that area. LASD Air 8 was able to locate the victims from the air, just north of the Oakwilde Campground in Arroyo Seco Canyon.

L.A. County Fire Air 19 performed a hoist rescue, safely extracting the bikers. After being evaluated by paramedics, they were transported to L.A. County Fire Camp 2 in La Canada where they were reunited with their family.

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Support the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team today

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team works year round to ensure that when we are needed, we are prepared. Whether it is technical rope, search and tracking or snow and ice, we train for all possible scenarios. This training, along with more than 70 rescue operations a year, takes a toll on our gear.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely heavily on donations from the community for support. Without your donation we would not be able to provide the services we do. Whether it is a monetary donation, a donation of equipment or supplies, every contribution is greatly appreciated and will allow the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team to maintain the high level of skills needed on every rescue operation.

To make a tax deductible monetary donation today please visit www.amrt.org/support. To make a donation of equipment or supplies, which is also tax deductible, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you from the members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team

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Support the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team today

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team works year round to ensure that when we are needed, we are prepared. Whether it is technical rope, search and tracking or snow and ice, we train for all possible scenarios. This training, along with more than 70 rescue operations a year, takes a toll on our gear.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely heavily on donations from the community for support. Without your donation we would not be able to provide the services we do. Whether it is a monetary donation, a donation of equipment or supplies, every contribution is greatly appreciated and will allow the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team to maintain the high level of skills needed on every rescue operation.

To make a tax deductible monetary donation today please visit www.amrt.org/support. To make a donation of equipment or supplies, which is also tax deductible, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you from the members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team

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15 hikers rescued from Eaton Canon - November 10, 2014

The page went out to team members just after 10pm on Sunday November 9th for group of hikers stranded in Eaton Canyon. Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded and began their search. Because of poor visibility, air support was not an option and we would rely solely on a ground search

The missing group, comprised of 15 individuals with ages ranging from 16-35, had been canyoneering Eaton Canyon and was unable to get out of the canyon before darkness set in. Cold and wet, and still deep in the canyon, they had decided to call for help.

After searching through the night, the decision was made to call in Montrose and Sierra Madre to assist with the continued ground search. Once the fog had cleared, air support was called in to search from above.

LASD Air Rescue 5 was able to locate the group in a remote portion of the canyon and began to airlift them from their location. Shortly after 10am all 15 members of the group were safely reunited with their friends and family.

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