It was a long night as teams responded to Lake Kulla Kulla and Granite Mountain yesterday. Teams were called out around 3PM, when a forest ranger heard calls for help from Mt. Defiance. It had turned out one hiker was stranded on a small ledge, while another had fallen about 100 feet from the same spot to the lake shore below. A team did some spicy climbing on wet rock to the stranded hiker to get him back down safely, and then teams from SMR and King County Explorer Search and Rescue worked to stabilize, package, raise and carry the injured hiker that had fallen back to the trailhead. While teams were responding to Lake Kulla Kulla, we received another call out for two lost hikers on Granite. We diverted one of our members that was headed to the first mission to Granite instead to help locate them.
Say hello to Topeka, one of subjects from our training week! She's a retired guide dog one of our members just adopted and was an absolute sweetheart as we practiced packaging, lowering, and raising her. We help rescue a few animals every year, so like to make some time to practice working with our furry friends too. #mountainrescue
One of our members, Bree Loewen, just published a memoir about us, her 20 years volunteering with search and rescue, and trying to balance it with being a mom. The stories are impactful and capture how much we care about being there for our community. So, if you're interested in finding out a little bit about who we are and what we really do in the mountains outside of Seattle in the middle of the night, here's your chance. #mra #mountainrescue
SMR just wrapped up a mission at Rattlesnake, helping Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) rescue Clifford, a 4 year old pit bull that got stuck on a ledge and needed some help getting back to the trail.