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Thanks supporters! Your votes won team 1st place and $10,000


A helicopter arrives above the east flank of Mount Sneffels on the morning of July 31, 2021 to ferry a climber who survived an overnight ordeal after a life-threatening fall.

  The results are in! Nearly 5,000 voters weighed in on the 2021 rescue they found most inspiring, and Ouray Mountain Rescue Team came out on top! All four finalists will receive a cut of the $25,000 Search & Rescue Award funding from the Denver equipment company Rockie Talkie, but this Colorado-based volunteer rescue team will take home this year's top prize.

  Congratulations to Ouray Mountain Rescue and to our other finalists: Tahoe Nordic Search & RescueLarimer County Search & Rescue, and LVMPD Search & Rescue.

   Each of these teams do incredible work for their communities, and we can't thank them enough for sharing their stories and being there for adventurers in need.




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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Training participants pause at the Crystal Lake landing zone before enjoying rides to a high-altitude LZ at Lost Day Mine.

Winter ready
with Helitrax

The team monthly training on Dec. 18 was a refresher course with Telluride-based Helitrax, a prominent presence during San Juan winters. The two organizations met at Crystal Lake in Ironton Park and practiced patient packaging into a litter, and loading and unloading the litter onto and off of the helicopter. Then teams of three to five rescuers were ferried up 3,000 feet in elevation to a theoretical accident site at the Lost Day Mine, at 11,600 feet on the north flank of Gray Copper Gulch.

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



  • 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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Shop & 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 AmazonSmiles program. And the team is now gaining additional funding through City Market's community support program. Here are links to the programs.

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Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, Inc. © 2019 - a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization – Tax ID 75-2158092

P.O. Box 220 Ouray, CO 81427-0220