Q&A with author Hal Clifford

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
Mountain rescue: life and death on a rescue team

Q&A with author Hal Clifford

Do young rescuers get too enthusastic?
Are team members all volunteers?
How can I get involved?
A team member responds to the book
Aspen's only one of many excellent rescue teams
I want to climb--where can I learn how?
What are the qualifications for volunteering on a rescue team?
Did I really say that?
Is this book just for mountain rescue volunteers?
How dangerous is rescue work? How did you get involved in it?
How can I get rescue training?
What about the fatal Mt. Rainier rescue this summer?
Should people pay for their own rescues?

Aspen's only one of many excellent rescue teams
Not really a question, but a comment. I haven't read the article, but I would take issue with the idea of "America's premier rescue team." I suppose this could just be hype for the article, but there are other MRA teams that have been around a lot longer and contributed as much--or more--to mountain rescue. One of the obvious leaders for many years is Sierra Madre as well as Seattle MR and others. I have personally been involved with MRA teams for more than 25 years, in southern California as well as in the Northwest. Having said that, I applaud your effort to write about mountain rescue and the personnel who have given so much of their time and effort over the years "that others may live." Yours, etc.,
Bill Ellison
Corvallis, OR
[email protected]

Hal responds: It is true that the marketing people have got their little paws on The Falling Season. I believe I characterized Aspen as one of the most respected teams in the country. Maybe there should be a knot-tying contest or something.
[Editor's note: The online reference has been changed accordingly.]

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