Alamosa Volunteer Search And Rescue

Alamosa Volunteer Search And Rescue An all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing Search and Rescue services and education in Alamosa, CO so that others may live.
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AVSAR is a charitable, scientific, and educational organization whose purpose is the coordinating and conducting of search and rescue activities for the county of Alamosa, Colorado.

Mission: A volunteer non-profit public service organization dedicated to providing search and rescue services and education so that others may live.

Operating as usual

Training year round is absolutely essential in the state of Colorado. You never know when you will be called out for the...
11/15/2020

Training year round is absolutely essential in the state of Colorado. You never know when you will be called out for the next person in need. This was from last month's Rescue Rigging training, which was cut short to begin a five day search for a missing hiker near the Summit of Ellingwood Point.

We cannot thank our dedicated and selfless volunteers enough!

On Sunday, October 11, 2020 Alamosa Volunteer Search and rescue was contacted about a missing female hiker, who was last...
10/19/2020

On Sunday, October 11, 2020 Alamosa Volunteer Search and rescue was contacted about a missing female hiker, who was last heard from at 1500hours from the summit of ellingwood point. AVSAR immediately sent out a page to the team. The missing female hiker was described as Joy Cipoletti, a 60year old female, wearing a purple fleece jacket and a white hat. She was last seen by a fellow hiker above the C2 colouir at 1400hours on 10/10. AVSAR successfully started cellphone forensics with AFRCC and were able to ping her cellphone at the summit of ellingwood point at 1500hours. The search for Joy spanned over five days and involved multiple search and rescue teams from around the state and multiple assets. Joy was found deceased, from an apparent significant fall, around 1330hours on 10/15 when a UH60 from Buckley Air Force Base spotted her orange backpack. A drone team deployed to the area from Douglas County Search and Rescue then deployed their drone to confirm Joy's location.

Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Joy Cipoletti. The stories shared about Joy proved that she was the most beautiful soul and had a very positive impact on everyone she met. We cannot begin to imagine the pain that everyone she touched is feeling. This mission proved how the state of Colorado rallies together when they are most needed. Teams across the state of Colorado sent volunteers to aid know the search for Joy. There were also multiple assets who responded to assist in the search.
AVSAR cannot thank all of the volunteers from around the state enough for leaving their families, friends, jobs and lives to commit their time to bring Joy home.

AVSAR would like to thank:

Out of County Search and Rescue Teams who responded:
Douglas County SAR
Arapahoe County Rescue Patrol
Saguache County Search & Rescue
Chaffee County Search and Rescue - South
El Paso County Search and Rescue
Mineral County SAR
Fremont County SAR
Western Mountain Rescue
Park County SAR
Custer County SAR
Teller County Search and Rescue
Huerfano County SAR

Assets who assisted with the mission:
REACH29- REACH Air Medical Services
Alamosa County Sheriff's Office
ACSO Sgt. Paul Gilleland & K9 Blitz
Lifeguard4- Flight For Life Colorado
MMA Aircraft- Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
Care Connect
PIKE41- UH60 Buckley Air force Base
Colorado Search and Rescue Association - CSARAVSAR 4x4 team
AFRCC- Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
Alamosa County Victim's Advocates

Some of our local employers, who were stuck short handed and did not bat an eye when one or multiple employees left their jobs to respond to missions:
SLV Animal Center- Dumb Friends League
Kristi Mountain Sports, LLC
Square Peg Brewerks
All 4 Paws
City of Alamosa

10/16/2020
Alamosa County Sheriff's Office

An update on our latest 5 day mission for the search of Joy Cipoletti.

PRESS RELEASE: On Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 1600 hours, Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office took a report from family members of Joy Cipoletti, age 60, of Colorado Springs, CO. They advised that she was overdue from a hike to the summit of Ellingwood Point, which is one of the 14ers in Alamosa County. Family members advised that they received a phone call from Joy on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at approximately 1500 hours and that she was at the Ellingwood Point summit and that she had a long hike back to her vehicle and would be returning later that date to her home in Colorado Springs. Family members advised that she was an experienced, well-equipped hiker.

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue (AVSAR) responded to Zapata Falls Trailhead parking lot and deployed search and rescue teams in that area based on information gained through Deputies from the Alamosa Sheriff’s Office. Over the course of the next 4-days, numerous teams including aircraft support searched the basin for Joy with no results.

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, a Blackhawk helicopter from Buckley AFB spotted a red back pack that belonged to Joy. A drone team from Park County Search and Rescue was immediately inserted into the area. Joy’s body was located in the area and recovery teams were inserted to the location. It was evident upon arrival that Joy had fallen a great distance. After a lengthy extraction she was taken to a landing zone and removed from the mountain side by Flight for Life. Joy’s family was involved throughout the rescue.

We would like to thank everyone that was involved in this search. Sheriff Jackson will provide a list of all involved at a later date.

10/16/2020
Alamosa County Sheriff's Office

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joy Cipoletti.

The Cipoletti Family has shared the following message with the Alamosa Sheriff’s Office. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that the Cipoletti family says goodbye to our amazing Joy, who we love beyond words.

Joy's strength and love of life impacted everyone who knew her. She played a deeply caring, active role in the lives of her three children, parents, three sisters and four brothers. As an avid hiker and outdoor adventurer, nature was Joy's happy place. She shared this love of the Colorado outdoors with many people in her life.

Our hearts are broken by this sudden loss of our dear Joy.

Our family would like to thank the Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue, the Alamosa County Sheriff's Department and the dozens of other amazing search and rescue volunteers and professionals who dedicated their time and expertise to search for and eventually find Joy. We can't begin to show our appreciation and gratitude for how you searched for our Joy with the determination and care that you would show as if she were a member of your family. You are heroes to us and we are forever grateful to each and every one of you.”

Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue and the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office thank everyone for all of their support. Ple...
10/13/2020

Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue and the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office thank everyone for all of their support. Please understand that this is an active mission and that we cannot provide continual updates or monitor our page regularly. If you have any information that would assist in the search, please call the Alamosa Dispatch Center at (719)589-5807.

October 14, 2020 UPDATE: We are still actively searching. We have high wind warnings in effect today so we will not have any air assets today. We do have 7 teams on scene this morning from various county SAR teams from throughout the state.

October 12, 2020: The Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office and Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue are seeking information for an overdue hiker, Joy Cipoletti.

We are seeking information from anyone that may have seen Cipoletti that were in the area of Zapata Falls and the South Zapata lake trail as well as the Ellingwood Point area on Saturday, October 10th.

Joy Cipolleti was last known to be wearing a light purple or green jacket and may be wearing a white hat. Joy is 60 years old, 5’03”, 140 lbs., curly brown/gray hair. She was last heard from on Saturday, October 10th at 3pm.

If anyone has seen Joy Cipoletti please call CSP dispatch at 719-589-5807 or Search and Rescue at 773-456-2927.

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09/27/2020

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***UPDATE 1510***

Subject has been located. Thank you to everyone involved for your help.

***MISSING PERSON***

Custer County Search and Rescue is seeking information for a missing person.

Subject name is Jeffry Deardorff.

Subjects last known location was the summit of Crestone Needle at approximately noon Friday (9/25/20).

Description:

White Male wearing the following:

White Helmet
Green Pack
Tan Pants
Maroon Jacket
Size 7 Asolo Boots
Railroad Hat

Any person who may have seen this subject or made contact with them, please contact Custer County Search and Rescue at 719-783-0442, or please call non-emergency dispatch at 719-276-5555 ext 8.

We are actively searching the Crestone Needle area with rescuers on the ground and in the air. If you have information and see search and rescue personnel in the area, please feel free to make contact and report any information.

We appreciate your assistance.

Thank you

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09/17/2020
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On Sunday 9/6, AVSAR was called out for three hikers who had become cliffed out on their descent down from Ellingwood Po...
09/14/2020

On Sunday 9/6, AVSAR was called out for three hikers who had become cliffed out on their descent down from Ellingwood Point, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The three hikers were cliffed out on a ledge approximately 600ft above the South Zapata Lake Basin above a large scree field. AVSAR requested help from Flight for Life, Lifeguard 4, to fly over the area and get coordinates of the hikers and to insert team members via helicopter into the South Zapata Lake Basin. The helicopter flew over the hikers and successfully got coordinates of the hikers, but because of the high temperatures and high speed winds, were not able to insert team members. Team members began hiking in on foot to the cliffed out hikers. Teams were able to make contact with the cliffed out hikers at dark and camped out for the evening in preparation of assisting the hikers down in the morning. Teams successfully set up a hand line to assist the hikers down in the morning, down off their ledge. After arriving in the South Zapata Lake Basin, teams packed up their camps, along with the hikers camps and began the descent down to the trailhead.
All teams were off the mountain at 1457 (9/7).

AVSAR would like to remind everyone to research your route. These hikers got into sketchy terrain when they made a wrong turn between the C2 and C3 colouir.

We would like to thank Flight for Life for assisting us in finding the hikers and for bringing in additional supplies to team members the next morning, Colorado Search and Rescue Association (CSAR) for providing needed support for resources,the Alamosa County Victim's Advocates for gathering food and drinks for our tired and hungry team members, and to the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office for delivering much needed food and drinks to our exhausted teams.
Alamosa County Sheriff's Office
Flight For Life Colorado
Colorado Search and Rescue Association - CSAR

Colorado Search and Rescue Association - CSAR
09/01/2020

Colorado Search and Rescue Association - CSAR

Today is the first day of Colorado Recreates Responsibly Week, and the first principle is Know Before You Go. Have you downloaded the COTREX app yet? It’s not only a great way to keep from getting lost, but it can also tell you the status of closed trails and campgrounds if you sign up for the free closure and alert subscription service. #RecreateResponsiblyColorado

https://cpw.state.co.us/CTS

Always listen to your body.Shared from Summit County Rescue.
08/09/2020

Always listen to your body.
Shared from Summit County Rescue.

Altitude sickness is nothing to mess around with! We have had two altitude sickness rescues on Quandary Peak so far this summer. Anyone can develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), or the more serious altitude-related illnesses like HAPE or HACE, regardless of fitness level or age. Mild symptoms can become serious quickly if you continue to ascend, so take it easy rather than trying to bag a peak. If your symptoms get worse during a hike, descend. To help prevent altitude sickness, stay well hydrated, acclimatize gradually, and know when to turn around. For persistent issues, see your doctor for medication and/or an oxygen prescription for your trip. Don't rely on small oxygen bottles with built in mouth pieces found in retail stores, as these only boost your oxygen for a dozen breaths or so.

https://www.facebook.com/1700702563482000/posts/2807237336161845/
08/02/2020

https://www.facebook.com/1700702563482000/posts/2807237336161845/

On July 29, 2020 at approximately 9:45 pm. Saguache County Search and Rescue was requested for a search of the Willow Creek basin and Kit Carson/Challenger Peak area for a missing/lost woman and her dog. Last contact by text at 12:53.

The lost hiker was spotted on the southwest slopes of Kit Carson Peak above Spanish Creek by Lifeguard 4 using night vision. The hiker was able to use her headlamp to signal the aircraft. A Saguache SAR hasty team met the hiker and guided her out. No injuries. The hiker had taken the wrong route when descending the summit.

Big thank you to Flight for Life Colorado and our mutual aid partners: Alamosa Volunteer SAR, Custer County SAR, Western Mtn. Rescue and the Colo. Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

At approximately 1530hours on July 27  AVSAR was paged out for two overdue hikers on the Mount Blanca Massif. The two hi...
07/29/2020

At approximately 1530hours on July 27 AVSAR was paged out for two overdue hikers on the Mount Blanca Massif. The two hikers were last seen at the Holbrook Creek crossing at 2030hours on 7/26, when they separated from their hiking party to camp another night at Lake Como. AVSAR immediately deployed two 4x4 truck teams up Lake Como Rd. With torrential rains over the last few days in the area, Lake Como Rd has become even more dangerous than normal. There were several weather induced rock slides that the team had to navigate on their ascent up Lake Como Rd. The overdue hikers were found at Lake Como, healthy and safe. They were reunited with family and friends at 2055hours.

A very special thanks goes out to our Alamosa County Sheriff, Sheriff Robert Jackson, for heading up with one of the truck teams and even hiking in a half mile with a team member to find the overdue hikers. Our team would not be where we are, without the incredible support he and his staff provide for our team. He truly goes above and beyond to advocate for us.

With severe weather always a factor in the mountains, it is always best to plan for the unexpected. This mission, once again, proves communicating your plans with your friends/family/hiking party is absolutely essential.

At 1340 on July 23rd, AVSAR was contacted by the Alamosa County dispatch Center about a Hiker in distress who was on Lak...
07/24/2020

At 1340 on July 23rd, AVSAR was contacted by the Alamosa County dispatch Center about a Hiker in distress who was on Lake Como Rd. The hiker was complaining of chest pains and light headedness. AVSAR paged out the team along with two of the 4×4 drivers. Alamosa EMS staged an ambulance at Incident Command to evaluate the hiker once he was brought down. Two truck teams were sent up the mountain and made contact with him at 1559. After the hiker was evaluated, he was evacuated via the 4×4 trucks and then was, once again, evaluated by Alamosa EMS upon arrival to Incident Command. All teams were back to Incident command at 1708.
A huge thanks goes out to Undersheriff Shawn Woods for initially driving his patrol vehicle as high as he could up Lake Como Rd to try to reach the hiker and to Sheriff Robert Jackson for always being our biggest supporters!
Alamosa County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 1300 on 6/21 AVSAR was paged out for an injured climber, who had fallen over 100ft down a snow field in...
06/24/2020

At approximately 1300 on 6/21 AVSAR was paged out for an injured climber, who had fallen over 100ft down a snow field in the attempt to summit Ellingwood Point via the South Zapata Approach. The 23 year old woman, who was in a party of four, reported significant pain in both knees. AVSAR requested a lift ticket insertion from REACH Air Medical Services and placed a mutual aid request through Colorado Search and Rescue Association - CSAR (CSAR). Help quickly arrived from our neighboring counties, Custer County SAR (CCSAR) and Chaffee County Search and Rescue - South (CCSAR-S). Six team members were inserted by REACH-29 and an additional 9 team members began the 5.5 mile ascent up the South Zapata trail, in the event that REACH-29 was unable to evacuate the subject. The teams began a technical lower of the subject down approximately 1000ft of scree field into the lower basin where REACH-29 was waiting. The subject was air lifted out by approximately 2130. All teams were out of the field by 0055 on 6/22, and were greeted by food and drinks graciously provided by Alamosa County Sheriff's Office - Victims Advocates.

REACH29, we are forever grateful for your assistance on tonight's mission. REACH Air Medical ServicesFull mission report...
06/22/2020

REACH29, we are forever grateful for your assistance on tonight's mission. REACH Air Medical Services

Full mission report will be posted in the next 48hours.

AVSAR was out this week training and checking off team members skills for our Rope Technician Program. We had a beautifu...
06/01/2020

AVSAR was out this week training and checking off team members skills for our Rope Technician Program. We had a beautiful day and even a couple pups with to "help out"
We cannot thank our team members enough for their dedication to the team and their commitment to learn.

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