An all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives by performing back-country searches and rescues, and fostering safe outdoor practices through education.
~ Est. 1974 ~
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS PROMPT REQUEST TO REFRAIN
FROM OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IN OURAY COUNTY
The Ouray County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Ouray County Unified Command, requests that people do not take part in high-risk outdoor activities until further notice. Such activities may include backpacking, climbing, backcountry skiing, and other backcountry activities that put you at an elevated risk for rescue.
Outdoor recreationists may get sick, lost, or injured and require assistance. The responding rescue team of local volunteers could be forced to break social distancing and State-mandated isolation by sharing rescue equipment, radios, and vehicles. By having to respond to these type of incidents, outdoor enthusiasts could be taking those rescuers out of service for weeks due to post-mission quarantine protocols. Preventable backcountry injury also strains the response time for other critical accidents, as well as stress to the ambulance and emergency room services.
Low-risk outdoor activities are still strongly encouraged, provided those participating adhere to prescribed social distancing, personal hygiene protocols, and formulate a reliable plan for self- rescue in the event a mishap does occur.
Ouray County is experiencing typical mountain spring weather, which often brings heavy, wet snow storms, increasing the avalanche danger in the backcountry considerably.
Please do your part in preventing backcountry accidents and protecting our vital group of volunteers.
Recent rescue incidents
OMRT is on call 24/7, and on Monday, June 22, a call went out just after the second hour of the new day. At 2:15 a.m., a local 18-year-old woman driving a Subaru on the lower part of County Road 361 swerved to avoid a fox. The car went over the edge and plunged some 60 feet before being stopped by a tree. The teen was unhurt, and awaited extraction under the glow of lighting.
With the 2018 publication of "No Individual Heroes: Ouray Mountain Rescue Team," team alum Karen Mollica Risch culminated years of research and interviews to tell the plethora of incidents in the team's 44-year history. Proceeds from book sales will go to support the ongoing operations of OMRT
HOW TO SUPPORT THE OURAY TEAM
Consider setting up monthly, quarterly or annual donations, online.
Buy an OMRT t-shirt or baseball cap directly, or at local retail locations.
Make the rescue team’s new endowment a beneficiary in your will.
Purchase a Rescue Barn Brick.
Buy a Colorado search & rescue card at Ouray Mountain Sports or OMRT and CORSAR websites.
Be prepared and safe when you venture in the alpine backcountry.