AMRC Mission with Helo Evac 
Sunday, July 29, 2012, 01:40 PM - AMRC
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AMRC was paged out as soon as I got back home after climbing with Mike. I had just unloaded my climbing gear when I got the page, so I repacked everything and headed to the mountains at the top of Montgomery.

Briefing: APD and Albuquerque Ambulance folks were on scene taking care of an injured hiker. He hit his head climbing on the rocks and blacked out for an hour, so we headed up there to run comms for the helo evac, or if the helicopter didn't work out, we'd be on scene to run the low-angle.

Some video of the mission

KASA story




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AMRC Mission in Navajo, NM 
Thursday, July 5, 2012, 06:10 PM - AMRC
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2:40am the phone rings. New text: MISSION 1 or 2 hikers stranded 120' up on a rock in Navajo, NM.

I talked with police and got the status update and GPS coordinates from the field coordinator. 3 hours later, Lance, Paul, Zack and I are standing in front of an impressive block of volcanic rock ("Frog Rock") right in the middle of town. Original reports were for 1-2 patients on the rock, with a stranded firefighter, who tried to get them. 50 degrees, raining, and extremely slick rock. At incident base, the fireman and one patient were down. From the backseat of the cop car the first person said that he didn't know the 2nd guy's name, but called him Palo. I grabbed my trad rack and headed up with Paul, as Lance and Zack circled the monolith searching for the other person. Eventually we roped up a few 5th class moves from the top (with a bomber anchor around a natural arch!). I couldn't in good conscience go for it knowing how poor the rock (dirt?) quality was. Every hold literally exploded in my hand! There was no hope for pro holding, and I didn't know if there was an anchor at the top to get down. Paul and I switched places and he went for the move to the ledge... and made it! Bravo! He reached the top and yelled. No answer. 2 hours of climbing and all we found was an unopened beer and a pipe. Paul managed to get down OK, thanks to Zack's route finding help. We radioed back to IB that there was no sign of him. They radioed back, that he just walked into base. Apparently, he lived a half a block away, just woke up (~10am at this point), and wondered what was all the commotion. The first guy in the cop car was not pleased with the 2nd guy - since he had left him up there all night in the pouring rain in jeans and a t-shirt. It'll be interesting to see how that relationship develops.


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Mission Report by Paul: Youtube
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AMRC Pickoff Training 
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 09:20 PM - AMRC
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Great training with some of the AMRC regulars at big block. We did a few different pickoff techniques: counterbalance, block and tackle, and confusing variations of the two - leading to lots of time in painful harnesses. Check out the photos for the mass confusion.

Pictures
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AMRC Recertification  
Monday, March 12, 2012, 07:03 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Every 5 years members of the Mountain Rescue Association must accredit with the MRA in 5 areas: search, high angle technical rescue, low angle technical rescue, avalanche, and winter technical. We just completed ours this weekend!! Stressful but rewarding!

Ready for technical rescues!


High-angle scenario.


High-angle rigging.


Snow avy/winter technical rescue.


Lance packing it all up after skiing a victory lap on Sandia!


Day 1


Day 2

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AMRC Mock Winter Low Angle and Avy Re-cert 
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 07:54 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Avy re-cert at the gravel pit couloir with low angle rescue. I was on strike team and botched clearing the field for the beacon search by chasing a rope to a "dead" body.

At least I got a free tree ski out of the day!


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AMRC Mission 3 
Sunday, August 28, 2011, 05:54 PM - AMRC
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Hiker with sprained/broken ankle 1.5 miles up La Luz. Litter hike out through slippery, spiky, rocky terrain. In field at 10:30, out at 12:15. Good AMRC turn out.
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AMRC Mission #2 
Saturday, August 20, 2011, 11:09 AM - AMRC
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A lead climber took a 60 foot whipper in Chimney Canyon on Muralla Grande or Clandestine Wall... I don't really know. By the time Nate and I got up there we could hear the helicopter evac'ing the patient. Certainly was a nice day though.




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AMRC Mission 
Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 07:06 PM - General, AMRC
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I got to go on my first AMRC mission on Sunday. 18 year old male broke leg up from Embudo TH. I led Team 3 and set up and ran the first low angle lower. Great team response and the patient was out in 2 hours!
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AMRC 
Monday, May 30, 2011, 07:24 AM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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I have completed the AMRC final test and am now on the team. Thanks to all the team members, especially Justin, for putting the classes and trainings together.

Also, this weekend I received my ham radio license so that I can better communicate on missions.
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