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.
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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 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"

Please use caution if you head into the outdoors this weekend, bring plenty of water for everyone and consider the safet...
07/10/2020
Near-record heat forecast this weekend across New Mexico

Please use caution if you head into the outdoors this weekend, bring plenty of water for everyone and consider the safety of your pets, too.

"It's not a normal year, and this heat wave is likely to be in New Mexico's top five on record," said Clay Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service

A little Sunday crag inspiration:
07/05/2020
NPR

A little Sunday crag inspiration:

Ashima Shiraishi, 19, is one of the most talented rock climbers in the world. The message she hopes kids take away from her new book, "How to Solve a Problem"?

"To stand up after each time that you fall down," she says.

Our friends at Sandia Peak Tramway have reopened in a limited capacity. Please be advised that tram tickets need to be p...
07/03/2020
Sandia Peak Tramway | The adventure above all

Our friends at Sandia Peak Tramway have reopened in a limited capacity. Please be advised that tram tickets need to be purchased online beforehand. If you are planning on hiking La Luz and purchasing a ticket at the top for a ride down, that will probably not be an option at this time and you’ll have to hike back down. Plan ahead, watch the time and have a fun and safe weekend. *****ALSO***** The Sandia Crest House and its facilities (www.sandiacresthouse.com), including restrooms, remains closed at this time. Please plan appropriately.

THE ADVENTURE ABOVE ALL Learn More Ticket Information SAMPLE ITINERARY COVID Safety & Your Visit OUR HISTORY TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE Rising from the hustle and

AMRC has resumed in-person technical rescue training in small groups to keep our skills sharp, and we’re hoping you enjo...
07/03/2020

AMRC has resumed in-person technical rescue training in small groups to keep our skills sharp, and we’re hoping you enjoy a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Clever rescue by our friends at Bernalillo County Fire Department:
06/29/2020

Clever rescue by our friends at Bernalillo County Fire Department:

A resident from Bernalillo County called to Station 36 and explained that they had been making efforts to rescue a team of ducklings with no success since 7:00 AM. Crews quickly responded to the area to investigate the situation further. Upon arrival, fire personnel were able to locate access to the wayward ducklings and began extrication efforts. Due to their frightened nature, attempts to gather the ducklings safely were proving to be difficult. It was at that time that Station 36 Crews utilized a YouTube video that played a mother-duck’s call in order to lure the ducklings closer to the firefighters. This worked with resounding success and all six ducklings were rescued shortly thereafter.

Crews then brought the team of ducklings back to Station 36, cleaned them off and provided a safe enclosed area for them to move around in. All six ducklings were eventually turned over to Animal Control, who intended on turning them over to Game and Fish.

Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue wants to remind our community that we are always happy to assist our residents in any way. Even if they have duck bills and webbed feet!

Stay safe Bernalillo County.

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Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244
New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association

US Forest Service - Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands
06/01/2020

US Forest Service - Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands

Aggressive Mountain Lion Reported on the La Luz Trail

Albuquerque, NM, June 1, 2020 – Wildlife biologists at the Sandia Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands received the report of an aggressive mountain lion on the La Luz Trail this morning. The mountains are prime habitat for mountain lions. While they are generally reclusive animals, they can be seen on occasion, particularly at dawn or dusk.

“We want the public to be aware of this particular sighting since the mountain lion showed aggression,” said Amanda Rael, Wildlife Biologist. “Use extra caution while you are on the trails and keep an eye out for wildlife. Bears with cubs have been spotted in neighborhoods, rattlesnakes are out and about, as well as mountain lions and other predators.”

Use extreme caution when RUNNING on the trails since this can trigger a predator’s instinct to chase and attack. Keep children and pets in close proximity at all times, and keep pets on a leash.

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A MOUNTAIN LION:
• Stop and back away while facing the animal. Avoid direct eye contact and give the lion space so it can leave.
• Attempt to make yourself look larger by raising your arms or walking sticks. If you are wearing a jacket, hold it open so that you appear larger.
• Convince the predator that you are not prey. If a predator approaches you or behaves aggressively, arm yourself with a large stick, throw rocks, and speak loudly and firmly. Convince the predator that you are a danger to it.
• Fight back aggressively with any weapon that you have such as sticks, rocks, or backpacks if a lion attacks.
• Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

AMRC hopes you have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!
05/22/2020

AMRC hopes you have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!

2:00 am page outs will get the blood moving.  Hoping for a quick outcome.#mondaynight #mission #nightops
05/19/2020

2:00 am page outs will get the blood moving. Hoping for a quick outcome.
#mondaynight #mission #nightops

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council responded with multiple New Mexico Search and Rescue teams at the request of the New...
05/11/2020

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council responded with multiple New Mexico Search and Rescue teams at the request of the New Mexico National Guard to help pack 3,265 food boxes Sunday. Food donated by Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico will be delivered by NMNG to Navajo Nation households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/06/2020

As a non-profit, all-volunteer rescue organization, Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council is always humbled by the support of the community. If you would like to donate to AMRC to help us in our ongoing mission (team rescue gear and vehicle maintenance) it is always greatly appreciated through either our PayPal account or Facebook Donate. Additionally, AMRC participates in the Amazon Smile donation program. Search for Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council (pun intended) if you'd like to make AMRC your charitable recipient via your Amazon account.

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=IXCm10549Z4p3BfYzruNmKnfSR85JDL-SfxazVU_dEYTlydbDTVtGJknN5MCtsZo4Ax04W&country.x=US&locale.x=US

A note we fully endorse from @accessfund 🧗‍♀️A Guide to Climbing Responsibly During the Coronavirus Pandemic 🧗‍♂️•With m...
05/03/2020

A note we fully endorse from @accessfund

🧗‍♀️A Guide to Climbing Responsibly During the Coronavirus Pandemic 🧗‍♂️

With many states beginning to lift restrictions, we’ve had a lot of questions from our community about how to climb responsibly during this time.

While we're still safer at home, we've pulled together some tips to follow if you do plan to go out and climb. Head to the link in our bio to read the complete guide.

🧘 CHILL OUT: Consider not climbing at all.
↘️ MINIMIZE EVERYTHING: Stay close to home. Be respectful to vulnerable gateway communities.
🚑 PROTECT HEALTH & SAFETY: Maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols.
💪 LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Review The Climber's Pact (link in bio) and practice @leavenotracecenter ethics.
🧼 BE PREPARED: Do your research ahead of time and review federal, state, county, and city guidelines.

We can make decisions today that will impact the future of climbing. If you do decide to go out climbing, please be safe and read the complete guide in our bio.

Maybe not exactly how it works, but having a fully charged cell phone, being able to relay your position using its GPS f...
04/18/2020

Maybe not exactly how it works, but having a fully charged cell phone, being able to relay your position using its GPS function and staying in place until help arrives are invaluable if you need to call search and rescue. Have fun, plan ahead and be safe this weekend!

A winter storm warning has been issued for parts of New Mexico, including the Sandia Mountains, for today and Tuesday. E...
04/13/2020
Winter Storm Warning in New Mexico

A winter storm warning has been issued for parts of New Mexico, including the Sandia Mountains, for today and Tuesday. Expect snow and winter conditions to exist this week and into the weekend in the Sandia Mountains. Below-freezing temperatures are expected at elevation in the Sandia Mountains, with foothill night temperatures in the 30s/low-40s. All facilities at the top of the Sandias, including the Tram, are currently closed. Please consider your outdoor plans carefully when recreating this week, be prepared and stay safe.

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue worked with Cibola SAR, New Mexico State Police and APD Open Space locating a lost hiker wit...
04/13/2020

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue worked with Cibola SAR, New Mexico State Police and APD Open Space locating a lost hiker with a dog this past Saturday night/Sunday morning, a happy find for an early Easter morning. Trails continue to see heavy use. Please make sure you know how to return to your starting point before dark, have a charged cell phone, and have water and other provisions for both you and your pet.

The only things we want to search for this weekend are eggs. Stay safe and have fun!
04/11/2020

The only things we want to search for this weekend are eggs. Stay safe and have fun!

Are you heading out for a hike this weekend? Exploring nature is a great way to combat cabin fever! But be sure to take extra precautions and to continue to practice social distancing! New Mexico Search and Rescue

#nmsp
#StrongerTogether

Bernalillo County Fire Department
04/05/2020

Bernalillo County Fire Department

Yesterday, Station 35 crews responded to an injured hiker on the La Luz Trail. Firefighters managed to reach the patient and called in additional teams to assist with a successful extrication of the patient.

It goes to show that there is no mountain too high that would keep BCFD firefighters from helping our citizens.

Bernalillo County Metro Air Support Unit and Bernalillo County Air Rescue Task Force would like to thank Albuquerque Mountain Rescue for your efforts and the part you played in yesterday’s short-haul rescue. It takes many agencies working together in order to make these operations a success and we appreciate the services your organization provides.

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Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office
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Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244

04/05/2020
Bernalillo County Metro Air Support Search & Rescue Hoist Mission

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council team members responded April 4 to a call-out involving an injured hiker on La Luz Trail. Thanks to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Metro Air helicopter team, the patient was short-hauled to awaiting Bernalillo County Fire Department (Station 35), saving the AMRC team and patient from hours of rough litter carry-out.

We value and appreciate our partnerships with the many other agencies–both governmental and volunteer–that we work together with and support in order to help people in need, including Albuquerque Police Department, @AlbuquerqueFireDepartment, Bernalillo County Fire Department, New Mexico Search and Rescue, Cibola Search and Rescue, New Mexico State Police, Sandia Search Dogs, @AtalayaSAR Taos Search and Rescue, Socorro Search and Rescue Team, Albuquerque Ambulance Service and other hard-working first-responder groups throughout New Mexico and neighboring states. New Mexico’s police, fire, paramedic professionals and search and rescue volunteers stand ready to assist all in need, exposing themselves to even increased risks during the COVID 19 pandemic. Please help New Mexico’s first-responder community by thinking twice and making good decisions when recreating outdoors during these taxing times. No one ever expects to have to call search and rescue.

Here’s a video explaining just a little of what Metro Air does, and Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council appreciates the shout-out at 2:00. We wish you and all of our partners safety and health.

https://youtu.be/jTw1np8Anac

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department Metro Air Support Search & Rescue Hoist mission promotional video 2015

A report from our friends at Taos SAR concerning an incident that occurred in February. Always happy to assist our partn...
04/05/2020
Successful Sunday Night Search For Skiers Near Santa Fe – Taos Search & Rescue

A report from our friends at Taos SAR concerning an incident that occurred in February. Always happy to assist our partners anywhere in the state.

On Sunday, February 9, 2020 three members of Taos Search and Rescue joined teams from across northern and central New Mexico for a mission in the Pecos Wilderness above Santa Fe.

U.S. Forest Service-Santa Fe National Forest
04/03/2020

U.S. Forest Service-Santa Fe National Forest

Ski Santa Fe is requesting that folks refrain from using the ski area in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential for unnecessary burdens on our healthcare system that would result from injuries on the slopes. While the Forest Service has not closed the ski area to public use, amenities that are typically provided by Ski Santa Fe—like ski patrol, slope maintenance, and other safety measures—are not currently available. Obviously, there are inherent risks involved with backcountry skiing, and the COVID-19 pandemic adds yet another risk factor. We encourage folks to use their best judgement when recreating on their public lands, and abide by all current and future public health guidance to help us successfully navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Mountain Rescue Association
03/31/2020

Mountain Rescue Association

From Fremont Search and Rescue, Inc., "Keep in mind that its not just about the spreading of COVID among the people on the trails, its also about what happens when something goes wrong and first responders need to be called.

There is no social distancing in a SAR incident, and most teams have little to no PPE.

Then there is the additional load put on EMS and healthcare resources by the injured, which are already stretched by the virus.

There are also many opportunities for you to get infected, and possibly infect the first responders, as you are treated.

I have never met anyone going walking, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, atv-ing, off-roading, etc., thinking they were going to need help.

Be smart, be safe and stay healthy!

Albuquerque Police Department
03/31/2020

Albuquerque Police Department

#APD Open Space Officers have seen a huge increase in the amount of visitors using Open Space Parks. They would like to remind the community of the social distancing orders given out by the governor. Keep your groups to 5 people and have 6 ft. distance between others.

Please stay safe remember the social distance and enjoy your visit. Open Space Officers will be out making sure the parks are safe. Please report anything suspicious.
#APDisABQ #OpenSpace @ Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council responded to a solo hiker in the Sandia Mountains Saturday night. AMRC members rappe...
03/29/2020

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council responded to a solo hiker in the Sandia Mountains Saturday night. AMRC members rappelled to reach and treat the patient, and both high-angle and low-angle rope systems were then used to bring all back to the trail. A litter carry-out followed up an icy La Luz trail, which was cleared of hazards and tree fall with help from several Cibola Search and Rescue members. The patient was transferred to Bernalillo County Fire Department and Presbyterian Health Services EMTs for further treatment and assessment. Conditions along La Luz Trail are still such that team members used crampons and ice axes to maintain stability on ice fields above drop offs.

Message from our friends at Sandia Peak Ski Area:
03/24/2020

Message from our friends at Sandia Peak Ski Area:

Please Stay Home & Do Not Recreate at Sandia Peak Ski.

In response to the Governor of New Mexico’s Public Health Order of 23 March; closing of non-essential businesses, limiting groups to five or less, and advising people to stay home unless absolutely needed, Sandia Peak Ski Area is requesting that skiers, hikers and others NOT recreate with-in the permit area of Sandia Peak Ski Area. We ask that you refrain from hiking, uphill and downhill skiing and boarding, sight seeing, snow play and other forms of recreation at Sandia Peak Ski. These measures will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and just as important, will reduce the potential for injuries that could put an additional strain on our emergency departments. As with all non-essential businesses in New Mexico, we are closed and ask our community to stay home.

As an avid uphiller, a father of kids who live to ski, and a member of our community, I want nothing other than to be in the mountains having fun during these challenging times. Exercise and the ability to have fun and blow off steam will be critical to all of us over the next weeks, but we need to choose how we exercise and play with caution and with respect to what is going on in the world around us. A broken leg on a ski tour, or a search for a missing hiker is not in our collective public interest and is an unnecessary burden on our medical community who is working so hard for all of us. I plan to stay home, to exercise and recreate at my home and to do what I can to support our community. I ask that you do the same.

Sincerely,

Ben Abruzzo
Area Manager

Long night in the mountains getting social with Albuquerque Police Department Open Space and Cibola Search and Rescue he...
03/24/2020

Long night in the mountains getting social with Albuquerque Police Department Open Space and Cibola Search and Rescue helping someone who got in trouble while social distancing. Winter temperatures and conditions still exist in the Sandias.

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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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