AMRT responds to call for hikers stuck on a hillside in Eaton Canyon - 6-17-2016

Eaton Canyon June 17, 2016

On 06/17/16 at 1040 hours the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was activated for the rescue of two hikers stranded on a steep hillside in Eaton Canyon in the Angeles National Forest.  The hikers, a 20 y/o male and 22 y/o female, both residing in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles were stuck approximately 50 feet above the bottom of the canyon.  The hikers were attempting reach the upper waterfall, in the closed area of Eaton Canyon, when they became stranded.  They were located clinging to small bushes on the steep hillside. Rescuers were able to reach the two victims and safely hike them down with assistance from an anchored rope line..  The hikers were not injured and hiked out of the canyon on their own.  This incident concluded at 1300 hours on 06/17/16

***Please note it is illegal to hike above the canyon bottom in Eaton Canyon*** There is no hiking trail that leads to the second falls and doing so may result in a fine up to $5,000.00, injury, or even death

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AMRT responds to call for hiker impaled by pencil - May 2, 2016

Just after 12 noon on Monday May 2nd, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for a female hiker injured in Eaton Canyon. It was reported that the hiker slipped and fell, landing on her back. While most injuries are directly caused by the fall, this particular situation was different. A pencil in her backpack penetrated the pack and impaled her lower back. Estimates by the treating medic were that it was nearly 3 inches into her lower back. 

Los Angeles County Fire ground crews on scene treated the victim, and called in Air Recue 5. Once on scene, Air 5 hoisted the victim and transported her to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

 

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AMRT Responds to call for hiker with injured knee in the area of Dawn Mine - May 1, 2016

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for a female hiker with a knee injuyr located near Dawn Mine. Field crews searched the area north of the mine, while Air Rescue 5 searched the south end of the canyon.

Air 5 located the victim approximately 1/2 mile south of the mine and hoised her into the helocipter. She was transported to Farnsworth Park, at which time she was treated by members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and Los Angeles County Fire. She was then transported by ambulance to Huntington Memorial Hospital

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Tragic ending in the search for a missing mountain biker - January 29-30, 2016

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received notification of a missing mountain biker Friday January 29th just before 9:00PM. Team members responded to the AMRT headquarters and began prepping for a late night search. Because of the large amount of terrain to be searched, AMRT called in Montrose SAR to assist.

Based on information from the missing mountain bikers riding partner, teams were deployed to various locations to cover as much ground as possible.

While rescuers searched throughout the night, the team leader began to prep for increased efforts at first light. Calls were made to surrounding teams, with support from Sierra Madre, San Dimas, Santa Clarita and Malibu arriving for a 7:00AM deployment.

LASD Air Rescue 5 was utilized to insert teams into the mountains and expand the search to cover more trails and recanvas trails initially searched in the dark.

Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team had prepared a missing persons flyer from images provided of the missing person with his bike. These were distributed at first light to hikers and bikers at the trailheads.

Shortly after 10:00AM on Saturday January 30th, a call was received from a mountain biker who noticed a tire in the bushes. The informant had heard about the missing person from others on the trail that had handouts. Upon further inspection, he discovered the bike and body of the missing mountain biker.

Two members from AMRT were a short distance away, and upon arrival secured the scene while Air Rescue 5 dropped a paramedic down to the location. The paramedic pronounced the missing mountain biker at the scene. He was later transported via Air Rescue 5 to Farnsworth Park. The cause of death was not known at the time the operation was concluded.

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team would like to thank everyone who responded to aid in the search. It is never a good day when the end of an operation is a recovery and not a rescue. Our hearts go out the victim and his family.

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Church group members saved by Altadena Mountain Rescue Team – December 5, 2015

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received a call at 4:45PM on December 5th regarding three hikers stranded atop the waterfall in Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. AMRT, along with the Parks Bureau, responded into the area, establishing a command post at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The lost hikers, part of a 50 person church group, separated from the main group and become stranded atop the falls, unable to get down.

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team members hiked up canyon and made the difficult ascent up to the top of the falls. Because of terrain erosion over the recent months from heavy rains, portions of the trail were no longer considered passable by the members on scene. After scouting a location suitable for an anchor, members rappelled down to the victims, ages 12, 26 and 26. All three were uninjured, however, all were complaining of being cold as the temperatures dropped into the low 50’s and neither was dressed appropriately. The victims were provide with warm clothing while a lowering system was rigged to get them safely to canyon bottom.

Once on canyon bottom, the victims were hiked out and then transported to the command post at the Nature Center, where they were reunited with the waiting members of their group.

This operation concluded at 9:45PM

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Father-Daughter time turns into Father-Daughter rescue – November 21, 2015

At approximately 7:15PM on November 21st, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received a call regarding a father and daughter stuck on a ridge in Rubio Canyon. Communication via text message was established with the father and he was informed that AMRT was in route.

From the Rubio Canyon trailhead, team members were able to visually locate the victims from their flashlights glimmering on the side of the hill. We proceeded into the canyon to better identify their exact location and develop an extraction plan.

Team members tried to approach the victims from above and below, with both routes initially proving to be unsuccessful. The team members approaching from below readjusted their approach and were eventually able to reach the victims. The father and daughter were safely secured at the location while crews from above rigged a lowering system. Both victims were lowered, along with a rescuer, to the canyon bottom and hiked out. This operation concluded at approximately 12:30AM.

It was discovered during a post-rescue interview that the father and daughter had been hiking the better part of the day and had taken a wrong turn, ending up on a steep scree slope that let them to a steep ridge. Because of the loose terrain they were unable to safely backtrack to the main trail. Wisely, the father decided to call for help instead of risking injury.

These hikers were prepared, with food, water, flashlights and proper clothing. Not all hikers are as prepared. As temperatures stay cool, with lows approaching 30 degrees locally, be sure to carry extra layers. You never know when you may take the wrong trail and end up stuck on a ridge.

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When training turns to reality – November 15, 2015

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was out early Sunday morning for our monthly team training exercise. This month had the team working on ELT (Emergency Location Transmitter) and L-per directional finders.

The morning began early for the “victims” in the training operation, as two team members made their way into the Arroyo Seco to place the ELT and stage a member portraying the injured pilot of a downed aircraft.

As three groups of team members were fanned out across the local mountains to begin the process of locating the ELT, the two members located in the Arroyo Seco took the available time to assess the condition of some of the trails in the area. This area of the Angeles National Forest sees heavy usage, especially among mountain bikers. Being familiar with the main trail and any spur trails in the area is vital.

Having hiked to the debris basin and assessed a side trail, the AMRT members made their way back to the location of the ELT, crossing paths with numerous mountain bikers and a few trail runners along the way.

Once back at the location of the ELT, while reviewing the medical scenario to be presented to the first team on scene for the training operation, the training turned into a real rescue operation.

A trail runner, coming down from the debris dam, stumbled and fell to the ground approximately 100 feet up trail from the AMRT members. From her reaction it appeared she had suffered an injury to her right ankle. The two AMRT members approached the victim and her companion, introduced themselves and asked if she needed medical assistance. Initially she thought she would be able to make it out of the Arroyo and back to her vehicle with the assistance of her running companion. Attempts to place weight on the ankle proved otherwise.

At that time, the training officer called an end to the team training and informed the team of the now active rescue operation. While waiting for the arrival of a litter and additional team members, the members on scene prepped the victim, splinting her right ankle and cleaning a wound on her left knee.arroyo 11 15 2015 01


Because team members were deployed locally for the training, they were quick to arrive with the litter and litter wheel needed to transport the victim down trail to a team vehicle. Once at the team vehicle, the victim was transferred from the litter and driven, along with her companion, to their personal vehicle.

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There have been many times a training exercise has been cut short because of a call for a real operation. This may be the first time team members actually witnessed the incident they incident that caused the injury.

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AMRT responds to report of cries for help in the area of Rubio Canyon – November 9, 2015

At approximately 8:50AM on Monday November 9th, a call from an informant was received stating she heard cries for help in the area of Rubio Canyon. The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, along with Sierra Madre Search and Rescue and units from Los Angeles County Fire, began searching Rubio Canyon and several dry waterways and debris basins in the surrounding areas.


The victim was located in Rubio Canyon by ground crews, and hoisted by LA County Fire Helicopter 14 and transported to Farnsworth Park. Upon arrival at Farnsworth park and after further assessment, it was determined the victim needed further treatment and was transported by ground via ambulance to Huntington Memorial.


The victim, a 23 year old female, was on a hike to Echo Mountain when she took a wrong trail and became lost, spending 2 days out in the elements. She had no cell phone coverage, little food or water and lacked warm clothing.

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AMRT responds to call for injured mountain biker - October 28, 2015

At approximately 10:35am on Wednesday October 28th, a call came in for an injured mountain biker on the Lower Sam Merrill Trail, approximately 2 miles from the trailhead.

AMRT, along with ground crews from LA County Fire, hiked in from the trailhead at Lake and Alta Loma while a second crew from AMRT drove up the Mt. Lowe fire road to approach the victim from above.

LA County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 began a search from the air, and was able to locate the victim, approximately 30 feet over the side of the trail. A medic was lowered down to attend to the mountain biker, who was then hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital. The victim, a 51 year old male from Alhambra, received numerous scratches along with a punctured left lung from his fall. 

With the victim safely on his way to the hospital, AMRT continued to the scene of the incident to retrieve his bike and personal belongings and return them to him at Huntington Memorial.
According to the victim’s statement to AMRT, he was riding up the narrow Lower Sam Trail and had moved to one side to allow hikers to pass. Upon putting his foot down and finding nothing there, he fell approximately 30 feet over the side.


This operation concluded at approximately 2:00PM

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As the dog days of summer continue, so do the dog rescues - August 2nd, 2015

At approximately 3pm on Sunday August 2nd, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for an injured dog on the Lower Sam Merrill Trail. The victim, a 5 year old Shephard mix, along with its owner, were located approximately 1 mile up the trail. Once on scene, the team determined that along with a laceration it had suffered to its paw, it was also suffering from heat exhaustion. Efferts were made on scene to begin cooling the dog while also attending to its lacerated foot. The dog was then transported via litter down the trail and placed in the air conditioned cab of a waiting Sheriff's vehicle. The dog and its owner were then driven to their own vehicle, with the owner taking the dog to a private veterinary clinic for treatment. This opeation concluded at approximately 5:30PM

As temperatures are expected into the high 90's again this weekend, remember that your four legged hiking partner needs water also. Bring along a collapsible bowl and plenty of bottled water, and avoid hiking in the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead, limiting the amount of shade on the trail. 

 

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Altadena Mountain Rescue Team rescues dog suffering from heatstroke – June 8, 2015

As temperatures reached the 90's by mid-day, a page went out to team members for a dog suffering from heatstroke near the waterfall in Eaton Canyon. The team learned that LACoFD Engine 66 was at the Pinecrest gate and had made contact with the informant. The informant stated the victim, a four-year-old Boxer, was somewhere along the Eaton Canyon trail between the bridge and the Nature Center.

AMRT sent members into the canyon from both ends, locating the victim just north of Walnut Canyon. The dog's owner sought shelter in a shady area just off the trail; attempts to provide the dog with water proved unsuccessful, as he was unable to keep it down.

The decision was made to transport the dog out of the canyon in one of the teams air conditioned vehicles to a shady area on Pincecrest Drive. It was there that multiple ice packs were utilized to begin cooling the dog. He was then transported by the team to the Nature Center, where an officer from the Pasadena Humane Society assisted in giving the dog cold water to further lower his temperature. The dog was now out of danger, and transported along with his owner back to their vehicle.

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, be sure to consider the safety of your four legged friends as you hit the trails. Dogs cannot clearly communicate their distress until it is often too late. Be sure to carry plenty of water and a portable/collapsible bowl. Also plan to hike in the early morning or late afternoon hours when temperatures are lower and the sun is not directly overhead.

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AMRT saves the day, and the dogs - March 19, 2015

This write-up is from a call from a couple of weeks ago........

A call came in to the headquarters at approximately 7:00pm for a female with 2 dogs stuck on the side of a mountain in Millard Canyon. AMRT was able to establish cell phone contact with the victim and determine her approximate location near Saucer Branch.

Team members were sent to Sierra Saddle in an attempt to locate the victim from above and establish communication while additional members entered Millard Canyon to search for the victim. Cell phone service was intermittent in the canyon; however, we were able to communicate via text letting her know we were in route. The victim conveyed that she was under a tree off the trail and would likely not be seen from above, but should be clearly visible from canyon bottom.

Voice contact was quickly established by the team members making their way up from velow, shortly thereafter locating the victim approximately 50 feet off of canyon bottom on a scree slope. A hand line was set up allowing team members too safely get her and her dogs to canyon bottom. Assuring all were safe and uninjured, the victims were walked out.

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Images from the recent Technical Rock Recert held March 7, 2015 in Joshua Tree have been added to the gallery

AMRT successfully completed the 2015 Technical Rock Accredidation held Saturday March 7th in Joshua Tree. This years event was comprised of two scenarios, one medical based with a technical component and the main technical rescue. Click on the link to the gallery to see images from the days events.

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Team responds to call for injured hiker near Inspiration Point - February 15, 2014

On February 15th at 12:15PM the team responded to a call regarding a female hiker with a broken ankle in the area of Inspiration Point. L.A. County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 located the hiker, a 31 year old female with a left ankle injury at Inspiration Point, just north of Castle Canyon. The victim was hoisted by Air Rescue 5 and transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The victim’s husband, who had been hiking with the victim, was transported by AMRT from Inspiration point back to his vehicle. This operation concluded at approximately 2:30PM.

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Three lost hikers rescued from Millard Canyon - February 16, 2015

At approximately 3:30PM on Monday February 16th a call was received regarding a lost female hiker in the area of Millard Canyon. AMRT responded to the location, and upon arrival could hear persons yelling for help. Team members directed L.A. County Sheriff’s Air 21 into the area, which was able to locate the three lost hikers at the bottom of Millard Canyon and provide specifics as to their exact location.

The three female hikers had been hiking and lost sight of the trail. After attempts to rediscover the trail had proven unsuccessful, they called 911 for assistance. Team members reached the victims and lead them out of the canyon, at which point they were transported to their vehicles. This operation concluded at approximately 7:00PM.

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Stranded hiker in Eaton Canyon - February 10, 2015

At 10:15 AM on Tuesday February 10th a call was received for a hiker missing in Eaton Canyon. Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded, locating the 27 year old female victim atop a dry waterfall in Coyote Canyon. While trail running in the area, she lost the trail and attempted to backtrack to her original route, eventually finding herself in a position that would require assistance.

AMRT set up position above the victim, employing approximately 600 feet of rope to send a rescuer down to her. Once at her position, she was safely secured into a harness and lowered approximately 150 feet to the canyon bottom. The victim was provided with water and transported to her vehicle located north of the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. 

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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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