Chelan County Mountain Rescue
Chelan County Mountain Rescue

About Chelan County Mountain Rescue 

Our Mission

Chelan County Mountain Rescue is an all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to rescue ill or injured back country users from our beautiful Central Cascade Mountains.  It is the legal mandate of the Chelan County Sheriff to come to the rescue of those in need in the back country.  However, just as in many other areas of our nation, our own Chelan County Sheriff's Department cannot be expected to provide emergency medical care in the back country, nor can we expect an agency whose main duty is law enforcement to be familiar with our complex mountain terrain nor can we expect them to effect technical rock or ice rescue.


We are climbers, hikers, and medical professionals with a passion for our mountains.  We normally work in conjunction with and under the direction of the Chelan County Sheriff's office.  We currently have an excellent relationship with Sheriff Burnett and his deputies.


We are a slightly different than most search and rescue organizations in that we are willing to provide pre-hospital emergency care to the best of our abilities.  In the past we have been less involved with "search" than with "rescue."


We currently have over 30 members, a board of directors, and we meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at the home of Shawn Ballard located at 38 19th Street NW, in East Wenatchee, WA. We include training in most meetings.  We also schedule training events in the field during which we practice such skills as technical rock rescue in the field.  We train with the Sheriff's High Angle Rope Rescue Team (HARRT) whenever possible.


Since we are all volunteers with no paid staff, it sometimes becomes difficult to find all the necessary rescuers for an emergency.  We would very much like to expand our membership!  We can always use the help of volunteers who are good rock climbers.  We can always use the help of volunteers who are medical professionals and who have mountain skills.




President: Vernon Nelson Jr.

Vice President: Nick Pope

Treasurer: Adam Vognild

Secretary: Sheri Treat

Information Officer: Jeff Paton

Training Officers: Curt Haire, Jonah Manning and Nick Pope

Medical Officers: Shawn Ballard and Dr. Stephen Guyette 


Our Board of Directors includes Vern Nelson, Nick Pope, Adam Vognild, Sheri Treat as well as three at-large directors: Dr. Stephen Guyette, Jonah Manning, and Shawn Ballard.

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