Chelan County Mountain Rescue Association
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MILITARY HELICOPTER TRAINING IN CHELAN AND OKANOGAN COUNTIES

As you may or may not know, the U.S. Army is considering North Central Washington as a primary training site for helicopter work in the mountains. There is concern about this by people who are worried about disturbance of the wilderness serenity in our mountains.

 

We would like to point out that at least half of our serious rescues in the mountains are supported by military helicopters.  Without the help of military helicopters in our mountains, there would have been far more loss of life and limb over the years than has been the case.

 

We welcome the Army's plan to train in our mountains, for this will surely improve their availability and make our mountains safer for our many hikers and climbers.

 

We would love to train with them, and we will certainly provide input as to what we wilderness users might consider most appropriate and least appropriate areas to train, so that any impact is lessened.

 

Thanks to Eric Seversson and COAXSHER for our new radio harnesses.  It seems like all the harnesses made for the rescue world are complicated and far too heavy.  The harnesses made for us by COAXSHER are simple, functional and very light weight!  Thanks!  And thanks especially to Eric for the fantastic pack he made for our December fundraiser at The SaddleRock Pub!

 

Thanks to Will Demerest, Jonah Manning, Dave Allyn, Jeff Paton, Tom Sjolseth, Iak Platis and Paul kelly who responded and helped with the call out Friday May 15th!  ...and to everybody who helped on the Colchuck Peak search.

 

And thanks to all those who helped with the May 31st rescues and those who helped suport the Red Devil Run!  We will again need volunteers this year.  This year's Red Devil Run will be May 22nd.

 

And Thanks to all who helped on the Careno Crag rescue, as well as the search for Adam Ochshorn.

 

And a big thanks to the Saddle Rock Pub and Brewery for making our fundraiser at the Pub this year a great success!

 

Thanks to all who helped with the very successful Snow Creek Wall rescue on May 8th!

 

The next HARRT training will be in June.  Please contact Deputy Jason Reinfeld for questions.  Jason.Reinfeld@CO.CHELAN.WA.US

 

Our next meeting will be Tuesday June 14th, 2016, 6 PM at Shawn & Julie Ballard's house at 38 19th St., East Wenatchee.  There will be pizza and beer as always.  Agenda to be announced later.  Everybody welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAD NEWS

MARK MILLER, CCMRA's intructor for Rigging for Rescue in 2012 and 2014, died teaching an ice climbing class January 30th, 2015 near Silverton Colorado.  His death is a huge loss to the entire rescue community all across the nation.

 

Stewart Hoover said it very well:

“Mark’s death is a colossal loss to the climbing and rescue communities.  ThanhVan and I will definitely contribute to any donation from CCMRA, inasmuch as Mark impacted both of our lives.  Mark was not just another instructor repeating what others may have concluded about rigging and rope systems; he understood the physics of every system and scenario inside and out, and that understanding was complimented by years of practical testing and actual rescue use.  Mark’s thinking was creative and non-rigid, and his conclusions were based on  unassailable science.  While somewhere on this planet there may be another who has as much rigging expertise as mark, I doubt that their working knowledge could exceed his, or that they could match his teaching skills and affable manner.  I had the privilege of taking Mark’s rigging class twice.  After the course last summer, I awkwardly told Mark he was one of the best teachers I ever had.  (After 20+ years of school and decades of continuing and ancillary education, the set of teachers he rose above is not small.)  Upon hearing the news of his death today, I reflected how glad I am that I pushed myself to share my feeling with Mark.  In juxtaposition to all the nonsense from people we are bombarded with daily, Mark was a person who made me, and I speculate everyone else who knew him, feel dam good about the human race.”

 

I think we at Chelan County Mountain Rescue can be proud that we collected $500 at our February 10th meeting to donate to the Mark Miller Memorial Fund.


THANKS!

This summer the Community foundation has donated $2500 and Confluence Health has donated $500!  Thanks sincerely to these community organiations for their support!  With this money, we are finally purchacing badly needed new ropes!  Two new 300 ft Sterling 9.5 mm X 300 ft.Tactical Response ropes have arrived, as well as two Maxim (now Teufelberger) KM-III 9.5 mmX 300 ft. ropes are here!  These strong but lighter weight ropes are badly needed additions to our tool box!

 

We made $757 at our December 1st fundraiser.  We hope to repeat this in December 2015!  Thanks to Leavenworth Mountain Sports, The Der Sportsman, The Munchen Haus, Icicle Brewery, Badger Mountain Brewery, and the Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery for making our  fundraiser a great success!    Spend your money with these supporters!   (By the way, if you know Chadd Fitzpatrick-owner of the Saddle Rock- congratulate him!  He and Melanie Spies just got married!)

 

SINCERE THNKS TO VANEETH AND MANISHA POWAR WHO HAVE JUST MADE A VERY GENEROUS DONATION!  ...and our sincer wishes for Manisha's speedy recovery!

 

SINCERE THANKS TO MATT PHILLIPS OF BELLEVUE WHO RECENTLY DONATED $400 TO US!

 

SINCERE THANKS TO IAK PLATIS AND FAMILY WHO RECENTLY MADE A VERY SIZABLE  DONATION!  NOT ONLY DOES IAK DONATE HIS TIME AND ENERGY, BUT LOTS OF MONEY AS WELL!  THANKS, IAK!

 

AND THANKS TO OMEGA PACIFIC WHO JUST DONATED 20 ALUMINUM LOCKING CARABINERS RATED FOR RESCUE LOADS AT 32 KN!

   Viviane Debros who suffered serious injuries in a fall from near the summit of Mt. Stuart and who we helped rescue; continues to improve.  She is already getting out doing some climbing!   --AND A BIG THANKS TO FRED DEBROS FOR HIS RECENT DONATION TO CCMRA OF$1000!!

 

THE 6TH ANNUAL GEAR SWAP  WILL AGAIN BE IN NOVEMBER AT THE INNER CIRCLE GYM IN WENATCHEE.  DON'T MISS IT THIS YEAR!

ALL OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT WELCOME.

 

 

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