Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council AMRC is a volunteer organization with the purpose of rescuing lost and injured people in the Sandias and the surrounding region. On February 19, 1955 a TWA plane bound for Santa Fe Crashed in the Sandia Mountains.
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The following day several members of the New Mexico Mountain Club, along with other volunteers assisted the New Mexico State Police in the recovery effort. From this core group, the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council was eventually found. The team filled a need for an organized SAR capability in the Albuquerque Area. Formal incorporation of the team as a non-profit organization occurred on February 16, 1959, and the AMRC was elected membership into the MRA on May 13, 1966. All told, the AMRC including its founding group, has been providing SAR services to the community continuously for over 50 years.

Mission: "so that others may live"

Operating as usual

AMRC and Cibola SAR members helped some lost hikers out of the Sandias Thursday night/Friday morning. Expect winter cond...
11/13/2020

AMRC and Cibola SAR members helped some lost hikers out of the Sandias Thursday night/Friday morning. Expect winter conditions and limited services at the top of the mountain, hike with the ten essentials, watch the time and manage your cell phone battery.

AMRC team members Chikiyo Jackson (left) and Shasta Birkey (center) in Navy Dive School, 2000.
11/11/2020

AMRC team members Chikiyo Jackson (left) and Shasta Birkey (center) in Navy Dive School, 2000.

AMRC is thankful for the many women and men on the team who have served in the armed forces, such as Kerry Hanes, a 20-y...
11/11/2020

AMRC is thankful for the many women and men on the team who have served in the armed forces, such as Kerry Hanes, a 20-year USAF special operations pilot who is one of our rescue leaders. Their skills and experience are invaluable as they continue to serve through search and rescue, “so that others may live.” Thank you veterans everywhere for your service.

Emily Harrington Is First Woman to Free-Climb El Capitan Route in Less Than a Day https://nyti.ms/3nafY9S
11/10/2020
A Record-Setting Ascent of El Capitan

Emily Harrington Is First Woman to Free-Climb El Capitan Route in Less Than a Day https://nyti.ms/3nafY9S

Emily Harrington is the first woman to free-climb the Golden Gate route up El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high monolith in Yosemite National Park, in under 24 hours.

Getting in the last of small group fall trainings before winter hits. #MRA #rock #rockclimbing #getoutside #searchandres...
11/09/2020

Getting in the last of small group fall trainings before winter hits.

#MRA #rock #rockclimbing #getoutside #searchandrescue #ropes #techincal #technicalrescue #newmexico

AMRC team members rappelled 400 feet last night to rescue a cliffed-out hiker in winter conditions. Cibola SAR members h...
10/31/2020

AMRC team members rappelled 400 feet last night to rescue a cliffed-out hiker in winter conditions. Cibola SAR members helped raise the rescuer and subject back to safety.

The top of the Sandia Mountains are snowy and in winter conditions. Temperatures may be pleasant at the base of the mountain, but conditions worsen toward the top. Snow-covered trails can confuse navigation, and temperatures plummet at night. Going forward this season please be prepared for winter travel and safety when enjoying the Sandias at elevation.

Photos: Karen N Son

AMRC team members worked through the night Friday locating an unprepared hiker who took the tram to the top of the Sandi...
10/31/2020

AMRC team members worked through the night Friday locating an unprepared hiker who took the tram to the top of the Sandias and got lost. If you'll be out tonight enjoying the full moon please be prepared and have a safe and happy Halloween!

U.S. Forest Service-Santa Fe National Forest
10/22/2020

U.S. Forest Service-Santa Fe National Forest

Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect at 6 am tomorrow - Friday, Oct. 23. No campfires, no charcoal grills. #preventforestfires #wildfire #onlyyou #firewise #ForestService #SantaFeNF #FireSeason2020 #SmokeyBear #StaySafe

Stone Age Climbing Gym has long been an important AMRC supporter. We appreciate their many contributions to New Mexico’s...
10/08/2020

Stone Age Climbing Gym has long been an important AMRC supporter. We appreciate their many contributions to New Mexico’s climbing community, and their helping and encouraging countess new climbers to send it safely.

The Yank-N-Yard is our way of celebrating the strong, diverse, and creative climbing community! This year, things will be a little bit different as we maintain COVID-safe practices, but we are doing everything we can to make the event a memorable one. We are also psyched to introduce @MichaelThomasCoffee as this year's title sponsor ☕️⁠

🧗‍♀️The competition will be held at the new North gym with two youth-specific sessions on Friday and four citizens' rounds scheduled on Saturday. Each competition round is 2 hours and capped to 40 competitors in order to maintain social distancing. Between each round, we have a great prize raffle as well as some fun activities downstairs.⁠

As always, we have another great comp shirt design by @aaronstromberart, and this year will be adding in a custom Yank-n-Yard mask. But that's not all. We hope that after the climbing sessions on Saturday, you will celebrate in small, distanced groups at Tin Can Alley, as all competitors will receive vouchers for food at one of the 8 resident restaurants and those over the age of 21, also a drink coupon from Santa Fe Brewing.⁠

The cost is $45 per climber until October 15th and will increase to $55 on the 16th. Spaces are limited so please sign up soon! Link in Bio. ⁠

Starting October 16th, we will also be holding our annual membership sale. Annual memberships will be on sale for $100 off and we are waiving the initiation fee as well as giving the sixth month free for new autopay members. Sale valid from October 16th - 23rd. ⁠

Link in bio or you can visit:⁠
https://climbstoneage.com/yank-and-yard/

Team member Bonnie Nutall keeping her rope skills sharp during what's left of our beautiful fall weather. Being able to ...
10/07/2020

Team member Bonnie Nutall keeping her rope skills sharp during what's left of our beautiful fall weather. Being able to descend and ascend a static rope is a critical skill in mountain rescue.

Photo: Cassy Aguirre

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council's cover photo
10/07/2020

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council's cover photo

Members of AMRC recovered a fallen hiker in the Sandia Mountains Wednesday. The hiker was found Saturday in a remote can...
09/24/2020

Members of AMRC recovered a fallen hiker in the Sandia Mountains Wednesday. The hiker was found Saturday in a remote canyon not serviced by trails in a steep, loose scree field beneath a cliff. After safety planning and coordination, team members respectfully secured and carried the hiker to a location where a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Metropolitan Air Support Unit helicopter could safely extract the hiker. Volunteer SAR teams and agencies from around the state this past week have been in service to bring the hiker back to their family. Participating teams and agencies include Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, Albuquerque Fire Rescue, Albuquerque Police Department Open Space, Atalaya Search and Rescue, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, Cibola Search and Rescue, Dona Ana County Search and Rescue, Grant County Search and Rescue, High Desert Canine, Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club, Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade, Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue, Mountain Canine Corps, Mustang Search and Rescue, Organ Mountain Technical Rescue, Sandia Search Dogs, Santa Fe Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Taos, Socorro Search and Rescue as well as New Mexico Department of Public Safety Incident Command staff.

Our hearts go out to this person's friends and family.

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council's cover photo
09/22/2020

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council's cover photo

AMRC members, along with members of Cibola SAR, BCFD and BCSO, spent Sunday night helping an unprepared and lost hiker o...
09/21/2020

AMRC members, along with members of Cibola SAR, BCFD and BCSO, spent Sunday night helping an unprepared and lost hiker out of the East Mountains.

09/18/2020
US Forest Service - Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands

Upper Sandia Crest parking lot will be closed tomorrow (Sept. 19) in support of ongoing search and rescue operations. The lower Sandia Crest parking lot will remain open:

In support of the NM State Police’s continued search and rescue efforts for a local hiker, Sandia Ranger District, Cibola National Forest and Grasslands is temporarily closing the Sandia Crest Recreation site upper parking area from 7am to 7pm on Saturday, September 19.

The lower parking area will remain open and visitors may still access the observation deck and the surrounding trails.

“Our thoughts are with the family. I am thankful and appreciative of the efforts by New Mexico State Police and the local volunteer search and rescue organizations.” Crystal Powell, Sandia District Ranger

The Sandia Crest Recreation site is located at the top of the Sandia Mountains accessed via Sandia Crest Scenic Byway, State Highway 536.

Ongoing mission in the Sandias with Cibola Sar, Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Fire Department and San...
09/18/2020

Ongoing mission in the Sandias with Cibola Sar, Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Fire Department and Sandia Search Dogs.

Ongoing mission in the Sandias, please contact Albuquerque Police Department if you have any information: https://www.fa...
09/16/2020

Ongoing mission in the Sandias, please contact Albuquerque Police Department if you have any information:
https://www.facebook.com/252806201945308/posts/739776419914948/?sfnsn=mo&extid=kTcVgvBw4B1VG9rt

PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD‼️ The Albuquerque Police Department needs your help finding this man, Gibran Hernandez-Avila. Here's what we know ⤵️

-Gibran is 40 years old, about 5'8", 140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair
-APD says the last time anyone heard from him was Sunday
-Gibran went for a hike in the Sandias... his family last heard from him at 6:00pm from the La Luz Trail
-If you have seen him, or know where he is, please call his sister Jasmine at 505-328-0576
-Also call police at 242-COPS

Photo from Albuquerque Police.

Late night on some sketchy terrain trying to locate an individual to get them back to their family. Mission is ongoing w...
09/16/2020

Late night on some sketchy terrain trying to locate an individual to get them back to their family. Mission is ongoing with CibolaSAR APDOpenSpace and BCFD.

09/01/2020
Bernalillo County Fire Department

Awesome video from Bernalillo County Fire Department of Sunday's short haul off of La Luz with Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office:

https://www.facebook.com/1938708569689558/posts/3027619624131775/

Bernalillo County Fire Rescue was called out to an injured hiker who had fallen about 60ft while on the La Luz trail. District 46 fire crews were dispatched to the top of the Sandia Crest and instructed to hike down the La Luz to rendezvous with the patient. At the same time, BCSO’s Metro Air Support Unit (MASU) was contacted to assist with air recon and potential extraction. Albuquerque Mountain Rescue and Cibola's Search and Rescue teams also provided essential boots on the ground support.

Once fire crews reached and assessed the patient. The call was made for MASU to perform an extraction and have the patient delivered to an awaiting Albuquerque Ambulance crew at the bottom of the mountain.

Along with BCFD’s skilled paramedic onboard. This rescue was also afforded two UNM International Mountain Medicine Center Physicians. Due to the nature of this call and the extent of this patient’s injuries. This strong collaboration between multiple agencies provided the patient access to this absolutely invaluable high level of rescue and medical care.

Great teamwork everyone!

Some photos taken by our friends and partners at Cibola Sar of this Sunday’s double-header:
08/31/2020

Some photos taken by our friends and partners at Cibola Sar of this Sunday’s double-header:

Extremely busy Sunday for our Search and Rescue responders!! Thank you to all from Cibola Search & Rescue, Albuquerque Mountain Rescue & Sandia Search Dogs who were able to answer the call and help people in need. This is why we train!!

Strong work, always good assisting Albuquerque Police Department Open Space.
08/31/2020

Strong work, always good assisting Albuquerque Police Department Open Space.

APD Open Space Unit Helps Rescue Women on La Luz Trail

APD’s Open Space Unit worked with the Bernalillo County Fire Department and New Mexico State Police overnight to rescue two women who were lost on La Luz Trail.

The two women, ages 29 and 59, were lost about 3 miles down the trail. They did not have lights, food, rain gear, or water. The weather was 50 degrees and raining. Open space officers immediately responded and hiked through the rain to the area of the phone GPS. They located the women with a couple who stumbled upon them. The couple had given them some supplies and helped them continue up the trail. Officers also provided warm clothing, food and water to them. They helped the two women up the trail until one could no longer walk.

Officers hiked with one woman to the top and set up a small camp and fire to wait for more resources. BCFD arrived with a wildnerness litter and loaded her up and continue hiking her up the mountain. The first female was hiked out to the Tram where she was treated by medical personnel. BCFD and APD continued hiking the other female up the trail and carried her through some very rugged terrain. State Police Search and Rescue was called to assist with teams to get her safely to the top for the last rugged ¼ mile.

08/31/2020

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council responded with Cibola Sar to assist Bernalillo County Fire Department in an evacuation of two patients on La Luz trail. Fortunately the weather cooperated and Bernalillo County Sheriff Office was able to transport the patients via Metro 1.

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council was happy to participate in a multi-agency effort to help out a hunter in need near ...
08/25/2020

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council was happy to participate in a multi-agency effort to help out a hunter in need near Gallup on Monday. Strong work from New Mexico's search and rescue community.

FYI - Hiking trails in and around Taos Ski Area will be closed August 20-26 out of respect for our friends and neighbors...
08/21/2020
Forest Service temporarily closes trails near Taos Ski Valley

FYI - Hiking trails in and around Taos Ski Area will be closed August 20-26 out of respect for our friends and neighbors at Taos Pueblo.

https://www.taosnews.com/news/environment/taos-pueblo-wheeler-peak-carson-ski-valley/article_acd7a94a-e295-11ea-9a1d-cf3851d14e0b.html?fbclid=IwAR2SDbldKpZjBnWpTBDXqV8UDww5nm2EU-KX0tXwG4iJA3SvKaj2QyuNEfY

Carson National Forest is temporarily closing down multiple areas in and around Taos Ski Valley Aug. 20-26 "for traditional and cultural purposes," in collaboration with Taos Pueblo, according to officials.

Bernalillo County Fire Department
08/17/2020

Bernalillo County Fire Department

Today Bernalillo County Fire Rescue was called out for a hiker lost along the La Luz Trail. Communications relayed that the hiker had called complaining of dehydration and fatigue and was worried that she was not going to be able to continue on. Battalion 6 quickly contacted the Metro Air Support Unit, Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, and the New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue team to provide additional support. With the helicopter in the air and boots on the ground, operations went underway to make contact with the hiker.

Time is always of the essence with these types of calls. Which is why BCFD is always grateful to coordinate efforts with such strong and amazing teams. We are happy to report that the hiker, with the aid of another individual on the trail, was able to make it down safely and with no injury. NMSP SAR brought her back to the command post to ensure that our hiker had no additional needs.

Great work everyone!

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Iaff Local 244 Bernalillo County NM

#firefighter
#searchandrescue #losthiker #foundhiker

Always a great day when working with Bernalillo County Fire Department and Cibola Sar for a happy outcome:
08/17/2020
KRQE News 13

Always a great day when working with Bernalillo County Fire Department and Cibola Sar for a happy outcome:

The Bernalillo County Fire Department, New Mexico State Police, and Metro Air Support are currently conducting a search and rescue for a lost hiker last known to be on the La Luz Trail.

Geared up and masked up for small-group rappel and ascension training this week.
08/14/2020

Geared up and masked up for small-group rappel and ascension training this week.

08/11/2020

ABQ climbing getting a little love from National Geographic Adventure (Photo by Kerr Adams):

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council is grateful to Smith’s Food and Drug for including AMRC in its Inspiring Donations P...
07/30/2020
Smith’s Food and Drug - Smith's Inspiring Donations

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council is grateful to Smith’s Food and Drug for including AMRC in its Inspiring Donations Program. Smith's will donate 0.5 percent of all eligible spending to AMRC once customers have linked their rewards card to it. The more members and supporters we have signed up who are shopping at Smith’s, the greater our donation will be. Please pass the word to support Albuquerque Mountain Rescue!

To Use the Smith's Food & Drug Inspiring Donations Program visit http://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/inspire. Once logged into your Smith's Food & Drug account you can search for Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council either by name or BI610 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

http://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/inspire.

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On February 19, 1955 a TWA plane bound for Santa Fe crashed in the Sandia Mountains. The following day several members of the New Mexico Mountain Club, along with other volunteers, assisted the New Mexico State Police in the recovery effort. From this core group, the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council was eventually founded. The team filled a need for an organized SAR capability in the Albuquerque Area. Formal incorporation of the team as a non-profit organization occurred on February 16, 1959, and the AMRC was elected membership into the MRA on May 13, 1966. All told, the AMRC including its founding group, has been providing SAR services to the community continuously for over 50 years.

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"Every kitchen climbing victim must be reached on foot," explained Layton. "Because helicopters cannot fly indoors."
Great event with great people! Thanks for all that you do!! 😊💪🏽💙
From the History section of our website: "Formal incorporation of the team as a non-profit organization occurred on February 16, 1959." That was 60 years ago today! So, Happy formal 60th anniversary, team, and here's to many more!
Hey awesome rescue crew, is there a way that I could buy some pint glasses from you? I bought some at marble once, but I'd like to get a few more.
Our very own Leigh Caswell!! Come see her tonight if you can!
Sorry, but we will miss it this year. Enjoyed meeting many of our son's co-volunteers. You all do a super job!
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