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2018 SCRG Newsletter, Cliff Notes

Hi All,

Here's the new 2018 SCRG team newsletter, Cliff Notes.  Please download and read it here: /media/16697/2018%20rescue%20newsletter.pdf.  Enjoy!

Zac Cohen

Liaison Officer

2019 Avalanche Seminar

The 42nd annual avalanche rescue seminar will be Saturday & Sunday, January 26 - 27, 2019.

For more information and online ticketing click here:

2017 Avalanche Seminar

The 40th annual avalanche rescue seminar will be Saturday & Sunday, January 7-8, 2017.

For more information, please view our seminar details page here.

2016 Avalanche Seminar

A two day Avalanche Rescue Seminar designed specifically for members of Search and Rescue groups will be held on February 20-21, 2016.

The Avalanche Seminar Flyer for 2016 is available for download.

The Avalanche Seminar Itinerary will be posted soon.

Avalanche Seminar Schedule

The Avalanche Seminar Schedule for 2015 is available for download!

The Avalanche Seminar Flyer for 2015 is available for download!

Avalanche Seminar Lodging

Our Annual Avalanche Seminar is coming up on January 10-11, 2015.  In support of this event, the SCRG has arranged some special lodging rates with local merchants during this time:

Best Western Ptarmigan Lodge

$107 plus tax for two double beds

$110 plus tax for two queen beds

$116 plus tax for a single king bed

4 people can be in a room, but the 3rd and 4th people will be charged $10 per person per night, this is for a 2 night stay and prices are per night.

Must be booked by Dec 9th


652 Lake Dillon Dr, Dillon, CO 80435 
(970) 468-2341(970) 468-2341

Mention Summit County Rescue Group

Fireside Inn

Bed in three person shared dorm $45 
Breakfast is extra and these are per night prices, min 2 night stay.


114 N French St, Breckenridge, CO 80424 
(970) 453-6456(970) 453-6456(970) 453-6456

Mention Summit County Rescue Group


Summit County Rescue Group Thanks The Wilderness Paramedic Program!

The Summit County Rescue Group gratefully acknowledges the significant field support provided by the Wilderness Paramedic program of the Summit County Ambulance Service.  This program is unique in the country and delivers Advanced Life Support care free of charge in a backcountry setting.  All Wilderness Paramedics have significant field rescue expertise and provide invaluable medical skill and patient care that would otherwise be unavailable.  These paramedics deliver critical care and professional support for those in need in the backcountry.

SCRG Members Assist Flood Victims in Boulder, Colorado

It was nearly midnight on September 12 when SCRG was called to assist during the serious flooding in the Boulder area in September.  Several of our members are also trained as members of Summit County's Swift Water Rescue Team (SWRT) and they were especially critical because of the serious nature of the flooding and the prospect for more rains in the coming days.


The team consisted of Colin Dinsmore, Preston Burns, Mike Miller, Devon Haire, and John Reller of SCRG and SWRT, Sgt. Cale Osborn and Zak Slutzky of the Summit County Sheriff's Office and SWRT, and Cris Bezinque and Drew Fantana of Dive Rescue.


The team was on scene in Boulder by early morning and immediately noticed the significant damage to the surrounding area.  There were downed power lines, gas lines blown, and utility companies unsure at that point whether their lines were active or not.  The damaged roads still had not been completely cleared by civil engineers, and there were frequent wash outs.


The team was directed to Lefthand Creek where there was major damage.  Because of the destroyed infrastructure, the team had to hike a few miles up the canyon, wearing full dry suits and hauling swift water, rigging, medical and personal gear.  As a Blackhawk helicopter assessed the situation overhead, the team had to access their objective by scrambling over road wash outs, skirting major cliff erosions created by the flooding, and slogging through large areas of debris and mud that had washed over the road all the way to the river.


The river had completely surrounded the homes that were the team's objective, and the team's unfamiliarity with the waterway meant they found it difficult to differentiate the actual river channel.  Preston Burns commented, "The water flow of the creek at this point in the operation was absolutely terrifying and like nothing I have ever seen in an urban environment."  The team heard boulders the size of cars tumbling down the creek, and their impact could be felt when the boulders collided.


With one member anchored to a large tree and acting as the belay while another member was at the river's edge, they found themselves in very close proximity to a fully severed natural gas line.  This went on for the entire first day of operations.  As the evacuations continued, the team would find more people in need of help, in addition to their pets.


The Swift Water Rescue Team was in the Boulder area through the 14th, and assisted in the rescue of numerous people and their pets in what were arduous conditions.  The extreme nature of the flooding put understandable stress on the residents, and the team found itself in at least one situation where communication was challenging and the resident not wanting to leave.  But some patience and creativity and the situation was resolved satisfactorily.


In addition to the swift water operations, 13 SCRG team members volunteered to support Rocky Mountain Rescue (Boulder) in their on-going SAR operations.  Unfortunately, weather prohibited fielding most SAR teams during the periods we were available.  However, members were able to witness the large scale effort with numerous helicopter operations, and to interact and reinforce our relationship with several other teams from throughout the state.  Members who went to Boulder were Andy Demaline, Ben Butler, Glen Kraatz, Mitch Painovich, Ryan Lewthwaite, Scott Young, Shawn Davis, Tim Davidson, Cindy Ebbert, Dave Wandel, Martin Allen, Matt Parker, and Charles Pitman.

Annual Avalanche Seminar on January 11-12, 2014 Information!

The Summit County Rescue Group will be hosting the Annual Avalanche Seminar on January 11-12, 2014!

After a poor early season snow year in 2012/2013 forced SCRG to cancel the seminar for the first time ever, SCRG has decided to move the popular seminar for rescuers back a month.

Details of this year's seminar can be found here: SCRG Avalanche Seminar Brochure

January public avy clinic Shari 2


Mountain Rescue Association Re-Certification Passed with Flying Colors!!

We passed! SCRG passed its recertification for the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). This recert is done every five years and consists of snow (avalanche), high angle (cliff face), scree evac, uphaul, and search scenarios. The team under test is evaluated by other MRA certified teams from within the Rocky Mountain region. The two day intensive event was conducted this past Saturday and Sunday. MRA is the 'gold standard' for certification of search and rescue teams in the country and the certification is not something every team in the U.S. chooses to undertake. In fact, only 63 teams in the U.S. have chosen to become fully accredited by the MRA.

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