2012 was the busiest year Rocky Mountain Rescue Group's 65 year history! We responded
to 163 calls for assistance, including 29 search missions, 69 technical rescues, 29 of which
were climbing related rescues. RMR also provided mutual aid services to other SAR teams on
9 occasions during 2012.
Missions of note for 2012 included:
May: RMRG participated in one of the most technically challenging rescues in the groups
history when a boulderer pulled a 1 ton rock onto himself, pinning his leg between the rock,
ground and a tree. The unusually high forces on rescue systems and delicate position of
the patient and rock meant the rescue required substantial rigging, and multiple techniques
to effect the extraction.
Rigging to free pinned boulderer
May 3, 2012
- June: RMRG assisted the City of Boulder Mountain Parks rangers in closing trails
wildfire close to the city.
- July - October: A multiple day
search in the Indian Peaks wilderness was unable to find any trace of
a 74 year old hiker who went missing after having lunch with her hiking partners. Colleagues
from Grand County SAR, Alpine Rescue Team, Larimer County SAR, and Front Range Rescue Dogs
conducted an extensive search, without any success. RMRG continues to search and analyze
existing evidence and GPS data in the hope of providing closure to the family.
- August: RMRG executed 3 concurrent missions on a Friday afternoon. The first was the
vertical rescue and evacuation of an injured hiker who became lost, and then fell on the 13,403'
South Arapahoe peak. The injured hiker fell while scrambling through 5th class terrain to
find a path down the mountain. The Inured hiker's daughter also became cliffed out and required
rescue. During this evacuation, RMRG was paged to
search for a lost Korean-speaking mushroom hunter. While staging for this search local EMS was paged to a car off the road near the
search staging area. RMRG responded and provided ALS and a technical evacuation to the road.
The mushroom hunter was found a few hours later by rescuers. Valuable mutual aid from Alpine
Rescue Team contributed to these successful rescues.
Other activities of note included:
All years mission statistics (list)