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?

Are team members all volunteers?
I would like to know if the rescue team is volunteer or if the team members receive compensation. Also, how would I find out about possibly volunteering or applying?
Charles Imig, Jr.
Milwaukee, WI
[email protected]

Hal responds: Most rescue teams are volunteer, and all those associated with the Mountain Rescue Association are volunteer. The Falling Season is a book about precisely this subject--what brings people to the Aspen team, and how they manage to work together, however imperfectly. The simplest analogy is that mountain rescue teams are like volunteer fire departments, albeit a little slower and less likely to get burned.

In most states the county sheriff is responsible for search and rescue operations. If you want to get involved where you live, contact your sheriff and find out what his or her arrangement is. You may find there's a volunteer team in your area.

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