January 2021 training
Team personnel, left, greet the incoming Telluride Helitrax aircraft during helicopter protocol training exercises on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Crystal Lake in Ironton on Red Mountain Pass. Below, Helitrax pilots fly the Eurocopter S350 helicopter, specially built for high-altitude service. Photos by Jenny Hart
An all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives by performing back-country searches and rescues, and fostering safe outdoor practices through education.
~ Est. 1974 ~
Team preps for ice climbing season at December training
At its second Saturday monthly training on Dec. 12, the Rescue Team built a Scottish Gullies guiding line rope system in the Ouray Ice Park. The training exercise envisioned a scenario of a fallen ice climber with a head injury at base of Aphrodite prow climb. As the summer recreation proved, the COVID-19 pandemic drove outdoor adventurers out into Ouray County's alpine country in typically high numbers. Winter acrtivity, likewise, is predicted to robust, with ice climbing., back-country and cross-country skiing expected to remain popular. The annual Ouray Ice Festival, Jan. 21-24, will adopt a virtual format, with 60 climbers in the Elite Mixed Competition, proper spacing in clinic venues, and evening events solely virtual/online.
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.
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