Search and Rescue
A storm rolled into Riverside County on October 22, stranding the duo high on a famed rock climbing route
Meet one of the winners of the 2021 Defender Service Awards—and the rescue vehicle that helps them get the work done
Two days after Nelson went missing on Manaslu, details about the ski mountaineer’s accident are emerging
A mare named Oriana is lucky to be alive after a terrifying tumble down a ravine in Oregon
A group of researchers from University of California at Irvine investigated the link between SAR incidents, park visitation, and Twitter posts. Their conclusions could inform how hikers portray their own adventures—and view those of others—online.
How people get lost (and found) in the outdoors
The accident highlights an industry at a crossroads and raises a crucial question: As safety schools boom, who is responsible for making sure the students come home?
While climbing Alaska’s Eagle Peak, Joe Yelverton’s life changed in a single moment. His account of the experience won our inaugural survival-stories essay contest.
A fatal avalanche near Hoosier Pass, Colorado, is a reminder that dangerous slides can occur on gentle terrain
The ‘Row of Life’ drifted for nearly 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean until, one day, it washed ashore
Hikers rescue stranded dog on Pico de Orizaba, Mikaela Shiffrin ties World Cup wins record, New Zealand MP bikes to childbirth
California rescue aided by drone, Mikaela Shiffrin chases ski record, and turkey trot Strava art
Climber charged for Denali SOS call, woman is youngest to run 100 marathons, Bearsun takes Manhattan
If you get lost or injured in the woods these days, aid might come from above—in the form of small-propeller drones that are revolutionizing SAR and saving lives
What it takes to be a part of the rescue team on one of the world’s most dangerous mountains
Need to add knot-tying skills to your life but don’t know where to start? Follow along with professional tree climber Waldo Etherington.
Skiers are claiming that there are issues with Pieps DSP backcountry safety devices
In Oregon's Clackamas County, a fight between a sheriff and an elite search and rescue unit reveals how local politics can collide with recreational safety for residents and visitors alike
With Americans surging onto public lands like never before, search and rescue operations are becoming overwhelmed—and help is not on the way
After losing the trail and his shoes, hiker Nick Noland descended 4.5 miles in 16-degree weather
What could have been a fatal fall is just a stepping stone on Harrington's path to become the first woman to free climb one of El Cap's hardest routes in a day
It took an epic effort to get him out. Two years later, the healing for him and his rescuers continues.
The gear and the skills you need to get home safely
In April, alpinists David Lama, Jess Roskelley, and Hansjörg Auer went silent during a harrowing expedition in Canada. The climbing community mobilized, first for a search and then for a memorial. In the wake of the tragedy, writer Nick Heil examines the motives of cutting-edge climbers and wonders: How close should we stand to our own mortality to feel alive?
Five days after an ad hoc army of volunteer searchers rescued hiker Amanda Eller, the yoga teacher missing for 17 days on Maui, the same crew located missing person Noah "Kekai" Mina just 20 miles away. This time, the ending was not so happy.
The bodies of Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard have been located after 14 days of searching
As a child, Cody Sheehy made headlines when he vanished into the freezing wilderness of Northeast Oregon, making it out safely after 18 hours of determined slogging. Retracing his steps 32 years later, Sheehy says that getting lost was one of the best life lessons he ever had.
10 percent of the revenue will go to the volunteers who rescue climbers from El Cap.
The crash occurred Saturday, August 4, 14 miles southwest of Denali’s summit
Last year we featured this bike, calling it “the ultimate toy for big kids.” Now it’s going to be used by law enforcement.
When Kyle Dickman set out on a month-long road trip with his wife and infant son last spring, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his entire life. Then he got bit by a venomous snake in a remote area of Yosemite National Park, and the harrowing event changed everything.
Alaska State Troopers called off a six-day search after finding the climbers' ropes on the Mendenhall Tower
Aaron Smith has been a member of the storied Yosemite Search and Rescue team for over 15 years. He’s also on the park’s elite helicopter rescue squad. Here’s a list of the gear he relies on most during his missions.
When 18-year-old Joe Keller vanished from a dude ranch in Colorado's Rio Grande National Forest, he joined the ranks of those missing on public land. No official tally exists, but their numbers are growing. And when an initial search turns up nothing, who'll keep looking?
The Flir Duo captures thermal images so rescuers can locate hikers, skiers, or anyone else who might have gotten stranded outside at night
Last year’s avalanche reignited a debate about the complicated role of helicopters in getting gear up the mountain and mitigating the danger to Sherpa. Outfitters weigh in on whether more helicopters will make Everest safer or even more dangerous.
When Robert Wood Jr. disappeared in a densely forested Virginia park, searchers faced the challenge of a lifetime. The eight-year-old boy was autistic and nonverbal, and from his perspective the largest manhunt in state history probably looked like something else: the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.