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3720 Walnut St
Boulder, CO, 80301
United States

303-449-4141

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Inc. (RMRG) is an all-volunteer organization trained and equipped for search and rescue on mountainous terrain in all weather conditions. Founded in 1947, we are Boulder County's primary mountain rescue agency, but upon request also assist other mountain rescue teams outside the county. We also provide outdoor recreation safety education and disaster response services. RMRG is a non-profit IRS 501(c)3 organization and we do not charge for our services.

History blog

In the beginning

Dave Christenson

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1947 - RMRG is formed
In January 1947, the Boulder County Sheriff called several local mountaineers to look for a lost little girl. Despite their best efforts the search was unsuccessful and the girl's body was later discovered close to her mountain home. Tracks in the snow revealed that the searchers came within a few feet of where she was later found. It will never be known if this tragedy could have been prevented had there been an organized mountain rescue team available to respond to such emergencies. Her death and others in the mountains that winter brought concerned community members together at a public meeting at Boulder High School. A steering committee was formed to investigate the formation of an organized search and rescue organization. Steering committee members included: Duvall, W. C., Everson, A, Hollister, H., Hutchinson, C. A., Hutchinson, C. A., Jr., Long, E. C., Mace, S., McNair, A. J., Pederson, J., Snow, B. R., Weaver, C. N.

On March 5, 1947 at the Sheriff’s Office in the Boulder County Courthouse, the steering committee became the founding members of the all-volunteer Rocky Mountain Rescue Group. Charles A. Hutchinson was the first chair of RMRG. Other early members such as Dexter Brinker, LeRoy and Alice Holubar, Meg Kershaw, Bill Sears, and Chuck Reich helped guide the group into a structured organization in its early stages of development.