AMRT responding to call for 4 missing mountain bikers in the Arroyo

AMRT is responding to a call for 4 missing mountain bikers in the Arroyo, located behind JPL in the San Gabriel Mountains. As more information becomes available the blog will be updated.

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Support the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team today, make a tax deductible donation 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 Los Angeles County.

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Don't forget the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team this holiday season, make a tax deductible donation 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 Los Angeles County.

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AMRT responds to morning call for missing 10 year old boy - 10-27-2013

The call went out just after 9am on Sunday October 27 for a missing 10 year old boy, not in the mountians but in the city. Members from AMRT mobilized and began to search the streets in the area the child was last seen. Two members of AMRT were able to locate the missing child approximately 1 hour after their search began.

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Rescue operation ends with a bizarre twist - Tuesday October 8, 2013

The call came in just before 4pm on Tuesday October 8th for a hiker stuck between the 1st and 2nd waterfalls in Eaton Canyon. AMRT responded to the canyon and discovered an individual along the west wall, clinging to a ridgeline approximately 150 feet above canyon bottom.

Rescuers climbed above the victim to assess the situation and determine a location to set-up a rescue system. Once in position, it was determined the best plan of action would be to request a helicopter pick-off. A county helicopter was directed to the rescuers location and the victim was successfully rescued.

It was soon discovered there was a second individual who had continued to climb up the canyon. He was found by two members of AMRT along another ridgeline and safely transported to canyon bottom.

After each of the victims was safely at the command post, it was discovered they each had outstanding warrants and were subsequently taken into custody.

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Ever consider mountain rescue? Altadena Mountain Rescue Team needs you! Membership Drive Saturday October 26, 2013

Interested in becoming a member of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team? Join us at a membership drive to be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 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. 

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25 year-old male rescued from cliff near first waterfall in Eaton Canyon – 9-11-2013

AMRT responded to a call for a hiker stuck on a cliff near the first waterfall in Eaton Canyon. Once on scene, rescuers found a 25 year-old male more than 200 feet above canyon bottom. A crew was dispatched to a location above the victim, where a system was set up and a rescuer was lowered down to his position. Once safely secured in the rescue harness, the rescuer and victim were lowered to the canyon bottom.


In all, the operation took 5 hours and utilized 14 rescuers from both Altadena and Sierra Madre mountain rescue teams.

The hiker, a resident of Los Angeles, was uninjured and transported to his vehicle.

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AMRT Featured on CBS This Morning in "Search & Rescue teams: How they save lives"

Earlier this year, CBS News' Carter Evans, along with a camera crew, spent the day with AMRT on a high-line training exercise in Eaton Canyon. Click the image below to watch the segment that aired Friday September 6th on CBS This Morning.

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 Click here to view the video on CBS News

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Images added to the gallery from Sunday's training in Rubio Canyon - August 18, 2013

55 images from Sunday's training in Rubio Canyon have been added to the gallery.

This weeks training began early, as early as 4:30am for some. The exercise was designed to simulate the removal of an injured victim from deep within Rubio Canyon. During this scenario, the "victim" was presented with a lower leg fracture and multiple lacerations from a low level fall just above 80' high Thalehaha Falls. This training exercise was conducted as if it was a real operation, with only the training officer and three other members of the team actually aware of the planned exercise for the day, and two of those members were playing the roles of the victims.

Once on scene, rescuers conducted a medical assessment of the victim and began preparing her for packaging in the litter. Once securely in the litter, and with a lowering system set up, extraction began. Five waterfalls, multiple systems and many hours later, the victim was safely out of the canyon. 

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Five hikers rescued from ridgeline high above Eaton Canyon – August 5, 2013

The call came in just after 8:30pm Monday August 5th for five hikers stranded in Eaton Canyon. AMRT responded, sending a crew to the Pinecrest entry gate. Once on site, team members were able to locate the victims, stuck on a ridge high above canyon bottom. It was determined the best option would be to approach the victims from above.

After making their way up the mountain to a location above the victims, rescuers then had to identify a route that would allow them to safely get closer, closing the more than 600 foot distance to the victims below. Once at a secure location on the mountain, a rescuer was lowered approximately 200 feet down to the stranded hikers, extracting the first of five individuals. After the first evolution, it was determined that two hikers could be safely extracted simultaneously. Two more evolutions were performed, and all five hikers were safely in the hands of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team. The operation concluded at approximately 2:15am Tuesday.

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"Fatal Attraction at the Falls" - Article from L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website discusses the dangers of Eaton Canyon

Below is an excerpt from an article that appeared on L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website on May 2nd about the dangers of Eaton Canyon and the five fatalities that have occurred there in the last two years. To read the full article, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

 

  Five people have died in the upper raches of Eaton Canyon in the past two years, including this man in 2011.

 

It was late in the day when several twentysomething hikers happened upon veteran Los Angeles County rescuer Richard De Leon. Next to him was another young man, whose broken body had just been retrieved from the rocky floor of Eaton Canyon.

“Where you coming from?” De Leon asked the group, knowing all too well the answer.

“The second falls,” they confirmed. “But we’re fine.”

De Leon motioned to the man now being photographed by coroner’s officials. “So was he about an hour ago.”  

The hikers assured De Leon they weren’t like that guy.  “We know what we’re doing,” they insisted.

“So did he,” the rescuer said, hoping to drive home his point but knowing that he might as well have been lecturing the rocks.

Click Here to continue reading the piece on 

 

 

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AMRT responds to call for hiker stuck on a ridge in Eaton Canyon - Friday May 3, 2013

The call came in just after 12:30pm for a hiker stuck on a ridge above the first waterfall in Eaton Canyon. Team members deployed to Eaton Canyon and located the victim, on the ridgeline above canyon bottom where so many hikers end up.

The individuals position on the ridge did not require a highly technical rescue, instead, team members were able to set a nummber of hand lines, allowing them to gain access to the victim. Once at the victims location he was placed in a harness and secured to a hand line. Once safely secured, the process of getting down the ridge to canyon bottom began. By 4:30pm the victim was safely down from the ridge and the team was back at headquarters. 

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AMRT is participating in a 3 day joint training effort organized by L.A. County Fire - Pictures from day one have been added to the gallery

Today was day one of a three day training exercise arranged by L.A. County Fire that took place on the Angeles Crest Highway. Along with AMRT, there was Montrose Search & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and multiple stations from L.A. County Fire. The training operation focused on high angle extraction. Pictures from todays exercise have been added to the gallery.

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Images from team training at Devil's Gate on Sunday April 14th have been added to the gallery

Images from team training at Devil's Gate on Sunday April 14th have been added to the gallery

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AMRT responding to call to search Devi's Gate Reservoir for a missing 11 year old boy

*UPDATE - The boy was found unharmed.

A call came in just before 8am to search Devil's Gate Reservoir for a missing 11 year old boy. Team members are responding at this time. Updates will be posted as they become available.

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Today's the day - Altadena Mountain Rescue Team fundraiser at Dog Haus Bier Garten in Old Pasadena - Saturday April 20th

Stop by the Dog Haus Bier Garten in Old Pasadena today, Saturday April 20th, any time all day between 11:00am and 1:30am (yep, that is A.M.). Have some great food, and meet members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team.

The Dog Haus will donate 15% of your food and drink order to the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team. When ordering, present a copy of the event flyer or mention Altadena Mountain Rescue Team.

Team members will be on site at the Dog Haus from 11:00am - 1:00pm and again that evening from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

For directions via google maps, click here. Convenient parking is located 1 block west on Green St

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AMRT fundraiser just two days away - Saturday April 20th at Dog Haus Bier Garten in Old Pasadena

Stop by the Dog Haus Bier Garten in Old Pasadena this Saturday April 20th any time all day between 11:00am and 1:30am (yep, that is A.M.). Have some great food, and meet members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team.

The Dog Haus will donate 15% of your food and drink order to the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team. When ordering, present a copy of the event flyer or mention Altadena Mountain Rescue Team.

 

Team members will be on site at the Dog Haus from 11:00am - 1:00pm and again that evening from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

For directions via google maps, click here. Convenient parking is located 1 block west on Green St. 

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Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Fundraiser Saturday April 20th at Dog Haus Bier Garten in Old Pasadena

The Dog Haus Bier Garten located at 93 E. Green St. in Old Pasadena will be hosting a fundraiser day for the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team on Saturday April 20th, beginning at 11:00am and continuing until they close at 1:30am.

Stop by any time that day, and when ordering either present a copy of the downloadable flyer or mention Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and 15% of your food & drink purchase will be donated to the team.

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Call for injured mountainbiker results in multi-department wheel-out - Saturday April 6, 2013

The call for an injured mountainbiker came in at approximately 4:20pm on Saturday April 6th. The injured individual was located about 1/2 mile up El Prieto Canyon. AMRT was first on scene with County and Forestry Fire not far behind.

The biker had sustained an ankle injury, and it was determined the best plan of action was to load him into the litter and wheel him out out of the canyon. Members of AMRT took up their respective position as haul and brake crew while members from Fire assisted with the patient and litter.

Once safely out of the canyon the patient was transferred to a waiting ambulance where he was transported to the hospital for treatment.

 

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The 5 missing hikers have been found in Eaton Canyon by AMRT - April 5, 2013

The 5 hikers reported missing have been found my AMRT and are being walked out of Eaton Canyon. The group had made the decision to say overnight in the canyon and failed to inform anyone of their plans. They had food and water in their possession and were prepared for an overnight stay.

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