Q&A with author Hal Clifford

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?

How can I get rescue training?
I was wondering where and how would be the best way to get specialized mountain rescue training, if possible in South America, and for a very low budget. (Would be willing to work for training at the site, etc.) I am a mountaneer with self-taught basic mountain rescue skills. Some friends and I are interested in training for emergency situations because here in Colombia few--if any--are trained for it, and increasing numbers of people are setting off to the mountains unprepared. Airplane accidents are also becoming more frequent in mountain areas that are not easily accessible and present difficult conditions for rescue. Thanks for any light you can shed in this matter; any recommendations are welcome.
Luis Alberto Camargo
Bogota, Colombia, South America

Hal responds: Luis, I'd recommend you contact the U.S. office of the Mountain Rescue Association, 2144 S. 1100 E., Suite 150-375, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. They should have information on organizations in your region that might be able to help you out.

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