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Free Avalanche Workshop January 25th

Chris Dickson, avalanche educator, ski guide with Mountain Trip, and host of the podcast "The San Juan Snowcast" will give a free avalanche safety talk on January 25th at 6:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center. This talk will cover:

  • Basics of Avalanche Awareness

  • San Juans season history

  • Planning a trip in our local backcountry

This talk will be an excellent presentation for backcountry skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and ice climbers! Complimentary beer will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Thanks to all who have donated lately!

Your donations are critical in helping the team purchase new equipment and maintain our facility, so we are ready to rescue you on your worst day. In December, we purchased a new wheeled litter setup and repaired our old one to help transport people in the backcountry.




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 hauls injured hiker down Sneffels trail

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R-12 truck serves as anchor for rope system to access canyon bottom on Engineer Pass

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Rescuers greet helicopter while aiding a teen hiker on Mt. Sneffels

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Team hauls injured hiker down Sneffels trail

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Book chronicles
team's history

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  47-year history. Proceeds from book sales will go to support the ongoing operations of OMRT

2022 comprehensive
rescue reports  
2022 Annual report  HERE
OMRT application  HERE


  • Consider setting up monthly, quarterly or annual donations, online.

  • Buy an OMRT t-shirt or baseball cap at summer events, or at local retail locations.

  • Make the rescue team’s 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.

Shop and support!

Supporters can benefit the Rescue Team as they shop, both at the big box grocer and online! OMRT has long been a non-profit eligible to earn micro donations through the AmazonSmile program. And the team now gains addition funding through City Market's community support program.

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