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They say history repeats itself and, in a rescue sense, it sometimes does. Teams are called to popular locations on a regular basis, which is not surprising given the higher volume of visitation, but there is some regularity in the types of calls (or at least contributing factors) received too. Here are a few ‘rescue-inducing’ trends we’ve noted from past experience, which will hopefully serve as helpful reminders to folks for the remainder of their summer adventures:



Please keep in mind that most tasks we’re called to assist with are the result of things just going wrong. Many experienced individuals have had accidents happen; please don’t assume rescue teams are only called out for the ill-prepared. That said, even if you do everything ‘right’ there is still a chance you might need help, which is why we encourage folks to complete a trip plan and to travel with at least some basic emergency gear. Should you get to a point where you realize you need outside help, please call 911 or your emergency contact sooner as opposed to later. As much as summer offers nice long days, the sun will eventually set, and light is a big ally for first responders.


Stay safe everyone!


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