AMRT speaks with kids from the Altadena VIDA program

AMRT was asked to speak to the kids from the Altadena VIDA (Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives) program.
We talked to them about hiking safety, self reliance, and what to pack on a hike. A group of 13 youths along with Deputies from the VIDA program were led
on a hike to the Eaton Canyon waterfall. We pointed out poison oak, and stressed the importance of staying on the trail. We answered a multitude of questions from the kids,
as the majority of them were first time hikers.

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(Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) is a structured 16-week program for non-violent, at-risk youth between the ages of 11 and 17½.
Through collaboration between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, community-based organizations, volunteers, schools and families, the program
teaches youth the value of effective decision-making and taking responsibility for their futures.)

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Eaton Canyon Waterfall PSA

 

THERE IS NO TRAIL TO THE SECOND WATERFALL! Please do not believe misinformation about visiting the 2nd Waterfall at Eaton Canyon. There is NOT a trail. Death and injury occur every year as people try to hike to it. You risk your life and the life of rescue workers that must come to your aid. The shale geology of the area can easily and readily give way. If you or a friend think about trying to make it to the second waterfall, please stop and think about what will happen if you DON'T make it.

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78 year old man rescued after fall from Lower Sam Trail

The page came out at 1420 with reports of a 78 year old male who fell off the Lower Sam trail. We were able to make cell phone contact with the victim and determine he was uninjured and in a safe location. He had water and a GPS and was able to relay his coordinates and altitude. He was informed we had a crew responding and to hold in that location as it would take a little while before we got to him.

After ascending the Lower Sam Trail, the team made voice and then visual contact with the victim. He was about 1 mile up the trail, and had fallen approximately 40 feet down the slope.

After establishing a good anchor point, a team member made his way down to the victim and did a quick assessment, after which he was placed in a harness and helmet.  Once the victim was safe on the trail, another assessment was performed. Once it was determined he was uninjured, we slowly walked him down the trail.

After arrival at the trailhead with the victim, we performed a head to toe assessment including mental status. The victim did well and besides some abrasions and minor lacerations was in good condition.

This victim was better prepared than most, having in his possession a cell phone, GPS and a supply of water. Many victims have nothing more in their possession than the clothes on their back. Regardless of the length of your outing, always head out prepared. As an added safety step, take a few minutes to fill out the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue – Hiking Plan.

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A compilation video from the training on Sunday April 15 has been added to the teams YouTube channel

A compilation video from the training on Sunday April 15 has been added to the teams YouTube channel. Watch below or Click here to see other team videos. 

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Rappelling, Ascending and Raising Systems training images from Sunday at Devils Gate have been added to the gallery

The team completed a successful day of skills traiing, covering rappelling, ascending and raising systems at Devils Gate.

30 new images have been added to the gallery, click here to view them.

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An evening of knots and rappelling training took place April 5th at Devils Gate

An evening of knots and rappelling training took place April 5th at Devils Gate. Check out the gallery for some images from the session. 

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Guest — Observant
In the first picture, it looked like that bowline took a while to tie.
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4 rescued from Eaton Canyon on February 21, 2012

A call came out for stranded hikers in Eaton Canyon at approximately 5:30p.m. on Tuesday February 21.  

By the time the first unit was dispatched we were able to make contact with one of the individuals on their mobile phone.  

After verifying whether there were injuries and if they were safe, we were able to determine their approximate location.  

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Orienteering and High Angle Rescue training pictures and videos from Sunday at Buckhorn have been posted to the gallery and Youtube page

Orienteering and High Angle Rescue training pictures and videos from Sunday at Buckhorn have been posted to the gallery and the teams Youtube page.

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Guest — trench rescue specialist
The pictures of high angle rescue are great. I watched the whole video also it was also nice. Training is required for all rescue ... Read More
Thursday, 26 July 2012 12:12 PM
Guest
Great photos...!! On-going training is must required to sharpen the skills in high angle rescue.
Friday, 16 March 2012 10:10 AM
Guest — Rescue Courses
Always good to keep sharp by participating in Rescue Courses like this.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 7:07 PM
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New photos added to the Archival Images section featuring newspaper coverage of a rescue from August 1951

Images featuring the newspaper coverage in The Pasadena Independent and The Mirror from August, 1951 covering the rescue of a 17 year old boy have been added to the Archival Images section of the Gallery.

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"Sheriff's deputies and volunteer searchers brought Walter Weirich out of the rugged foothills of Bailey Canyon early last night."

"The youth, 17, was alive but suffering from severe exposure and shock. He was lost Sunday on a hiking trip. "

Click Here to see all the images.

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AMRT featured on Pasadena's Crown City News discussing hiker safety

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Saturday morning rescue. Poor planning and bad decisions lead to cliff rescue and lessons learned?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

At 0814 hrs AMRT was called out for a 19 year old female cliffhanger reported high above the Cobb Estate in Las Flores canyon. The call came in from a friend of the stuck person who stated she had started from Chaney trail and headed east.

A second informant called in and stated he could see her east of where he was and gave us GPS coordinates for his location.

As team members made their way up the Mt. Lowe road to access the stuck girl from above, they observed a Fire Dept. helicopter moving in to hoist the girl up and fly her to a landing zone at Farnsworth Park.

A second AMRT unit met the helicopter at Farnsworth Park, and brought the girl who was uninjured back to the Altadena Sheriff's Station.

Upon returning to the AMRT Headquarters the girl was interviewed as to how she came to be stuck in such a dangerous location, far from any maintained trail.

She stated that friday night she decided that she wanted to go on a hike. She set her destination to be the summit of Echo Mountain and looked it up on Google maps.

She began hiking shortly afterward by herself (Saturday morning at approximately 0240 hrs. AM!) She left Pasadena near Caltech where she is a student, walked all the way up Lake Ave, approximately 5 miles, across Loma Alta drive, and up Chaney Trail, approximately 3 miles.

When asked what provisions she had taken along with her, she stated, a cell phone, her credit card and some cash (for a cab in case she was mugged.)

She brought no food, water, warm clothes, or flashlight.

She had not told anyone of her plans.

After hiking up the Mt. Lowe road for approximately 2 miles she decided to go off trail to find a different route to echo mountain.

Shortly thereafter she took a fall of approximately 10 feet and was only stopped when she hit a bush just before a major drop off.

This is when she called her friend and stated her predicament, requesting that rescue teams be called.

Later it was learned that she was stopped by a Sheriff deputy as she was approaching the mountain and was warned not to proceed.

When asked how well she felt her plan and preparations (or lack thereof) and ignoring a warning from law enforcement had worked out for her she stated, "It was fine."

Lessons to be learned:

Proper preparation is needed prior to setting out on a hike, including knowledge of which specific trails you are to be taking.

It is ALWAYS safest to remain only on established trails.

You should ALWAYS have food, water, a flashlight and proper clothing and footwear.

You should ALWAYS tell someone where you are going, the route you are taking, and when you plan to return.

You should ALWAYS stick to that plan.

It is best never to hike alone.

You can fill out a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Hiking Plan Sheet and provide it to someone just in case something happens and we need to come to your aid.

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2 teens rescued in Millard Canyon January 22, 2012

LASD Air-5 Helicopter Cliff Rescue of 19-yr old So. Pasadena Woman above Altadena. 2 more teens rescued on the ground.

A U.S. Forestry Recreation Technician working in the Angeles National Forest noticed several people who appeared to be trapped on a cliff near Altadena and called in rescuers at 11:57AM on Sunday.

By 12:25PM, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Air-5 Rescue pilots & Emergency Services Detail (Special Enforcement Bureau), had rescued a 19-year old South Pasadena woman who had gone on a day hike with friends and became trapped on a cliff with a 100 foot drop to a canyon below.

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Photos from Millard Canyon rescue - January 22, 2012 - Added to the Gallery

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Video footage from Millard Canyon rescue on January 22, 2012

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Even more images added to the gallery......

Images from training in Joshua Tree in 2008 and Winter Recertification in 2011 can now be vieweed in the Gallery.

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To view the images, click here.

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New pictures added to the Gallery

New pictures have been added to the Gallery from the November 13th High-Line training along with a previous training session in The Sequoias.

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To view these images, click here.

 

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Successful day of high-line training in Eaton Canyon

On Sunday November 13th, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team completed a successful day of high-line training. To view pictures from that day, click here.

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Graduation/ Rescue - August 1, 2011

Two members of Altadena Mountain Rescue who have been in Sheriff's Reserve Academy had their Pinning and Graduation Ceremony on Monday. We're proud to have our teammates back after 6 months of hard work. Congratulations! Unfortunately, for a few of us, just as we arrived in Down Town L.A. for Graduation we needed to turn right back around to respond on a call for a hiker stuck on a cliff in Eaton Canyon.....

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Fallen Hiker/ Eaton Canyon - July 31st, 2011

 

As usual for Sundays, AMRT was on patrol this day. It was very hot out with plenty of people out on the trails. Our day was nearing an end when at approximately 6:30pm, we received a 911 call indicating a hiker had fallen from one of the cliffs in Eaton Canyon. We immediately responded and made our way to canyon bottom in good time. As we were driving down past the Mt. Wilson Toll Rd. Bridge, bystanders indicated an informant was trying to flag us down. We met the informant. She was the person who called 911 for help and stated she knew the individual who had fallen while leading us up canyon. Upon arriving on scene of the fall, there were several people crouching down near the hiker trying to help. The young man was unresponsive and in critical condition. He needed to be transported right away. During our medical assessment, a Fire helicopter that was en route to the location had arrived to assist in an air extraction and additional Fire Paramedics came in on foot. We tended to the patient and air lifted him out of the canyon. He was flown to Huntington Memorial Hospital.
It is with great sadness to say that he passed away later after being extracted from the canyon where he had fallen... Altadena Mountain Rescue sends our condolences to all his friends and family. We are very sorry for your loss.
We ask that everyone, please take caution while hiking up and over Acrophobia Ridge to get to the second falls. It is a dangerous hike across terrain that is always changing and unstable. Though, it may not be a mistake on anyone's part, it can just be the mountain side becoming slippery or rock below your feet coming undone, causing unfortunate incidents.

 

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Local Events

 
The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team is going to be participating in the following events:
 
National Night Out at Loma Alta Park Equestrian Center on Tuesday, August 2nd, from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
 
Community In the Park which is sponsored by the Altadena Sheriff's Station on Saturday, August 6th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m at Charles White Park, 77 Mountain View Street.
 
If you're in the area, stop by and say hi.
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