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 Februa

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 Februa

Operating as usual

AMRC had a great day July 23 participating in the City of Albuquerque’s #CampFearless with Albuquerque Fire Rescue, Albu...
07/24/2021

AMRC had a great day July 23 participating in the City of Albuquerque’s #CampFearless with Albuquerque Fire Rescue, Albuquerque Police Department, Rio Rancho Fire & Rescue, New Mexico National Guard, Rio Grande Basin Rescue and other agencies. Camp Fearless is a free summer program that introduces youth to various aspects of public safety, info at https://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/summer-camp-fearless.

AMRC is honored to be recognized along with Santa Fe's Atalaya Search and Rescue for this 2018 joint mission. #SOTHATOTH...
06/29/2021
Local Volunteers Execute 17-Hour Mountain Rescue

AMRC is honored to be recognized along with Santa Fe's Atalaya Search and Rescue for this 2018 joint mission. #SOTHATOTHERSMAYLIVE

Paramedics rushed a married couple to the hospital just past midnight Monday after they each sustained serious injuries when a tree fell onto their tent near Trampas Lakes.

‘Dave Gives Back’ campaign raises awareness for SAR missions
06/26/2021
‘Dave Gives Back’ campaign raises awareness for SAR missions

‘Dave Gives Back’ campaign raises awareness for SAR missions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – In 2016, a husband and father went missing in the mountain range near Aspen, Colorado. Suddenly, Search & Rescue (SAR) became the family’s lifeline. As a result…

Our hearts are with our friends at Mountain Rescue Aspen over the loss of teammate Chason Russell, who passed in a kayak...
06/26/2021
Obituary: Chason Patrick Russell

Our hearts are with our friends at Mountain Rescue Aspen over the loss of teammate Chason Russell, who passed in a kayaking accident. The entire search and rescue community mourns the loss of this adventurous, giving soul.

https://www.aspentimes.com/obituaries/obituary-chason-patrick-russell/

Chason Patrick Russell March 10, 1980 – June 17, 2021 Adventurous souls are often admirable or unique, even inspiring. But few, if any, can be all three while rousing a call to shed self and...

Thank you Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group for hosting the 2021 Mountain Rescue Association Spring Conference in Pennsylv...
06/14/2021

Thank you Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group for hosting the 2021 Mountain Rescue Association Spring Conference in Pennsylvania. AMRC's Andreas Schmitt-Sody attended to keep the team updated on all national search and rescue information and developments.

AMRC is heartbroken for the family of Brandon Foster, who was located yesterday after suffering a fall in the Sandia mou...
06/05/2021
Missing hiker found dead

AMRC is heartbroken for the family of Brandon Foster, who was located yesterday after suffering a fall in the Sandia mountains near La Luz Trail. AMRC, Sandoval County Sheriff's Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Cibola Search and Rescue, Socorro SAR and Sandia Search Dogs worked to find Brandon, and AMRC and Atalaya Search and Rescue out of Santa Fe engaged in technical operations to bring him back to his family.

https://www.facebook.com/35250568385/posts/10158589828478386/

A man who went missing after a hike on the La Luz Trail was found dead Friday.

AMRC's awesome 2020 class cranked up La Luz today, everyone meeting the requirements of carrying a 35-lb pack plus food ...
05/29/2021

AMRC's awesome 2020 class cranked up La Luz today, everyone meeting the requirements of carrying a 35-lb pack plus food and water for the entire route in under 4 hours 24 minutes. The hike is seven and a half miles long with 3,600 feet of vertical elevation gain, topping out at 10,600 ft.

AMRC's awesome 2020 class cranked up La Luz today, everyone meeting the requirements of carrying a 35-lb pack plus food and water for the entire route in under 4 hours 24 minutes. The hike is seven and a half miles long with 3,600 feet of vertical elevation gain, topping out at 10,600 ft.

Epic rescue by our partners in Las Cruces. Many lessons learned here:
05/18/2021

Epic rescue by our partners in Las Cruces. Many lessons learned here:

Team members practice anchors for rescue systems as in-person trainings resume under current state guidelines. AMRC has ...
05/18/2021

Team members practice anchors for rescue systems as in-person trainings resume under current state guidelines. AMRC has worked diligently throughout the past year to maintain skills and readiness.

Team members practice anchors for rescue systems as in-person trainings resume under current state guidelines. AMRC has worked diligently throughout the past year to maintain skills and readiness.

AMRC is stoked to have won second place in the Mountain Rescue Association and Sterling Ropes national photo contest. Ph...
05/11/2021

AMRC is stoked to have won second place in the Mountain Rescue Association and Sterling Ropes national photo contest. Photo by team member Ryan Flanagan of team member Cassy Aguirre.

AMRC is stoked to have won second place in the Mountain Rescue Association and Sterling Ropes national photo contest. Photo by team member Ryan Flanagan of team member Cassy Aguirre.

Great job by multiple agencies from Sandoval and Bernalillo counties, Corrales and APD Open Space. Just as with the Sand...
04/30/2021

Great job by multiple agencies from Sandoval and Bernalillo counties, Corrales and APD Open Space. Just as with the Sandias don't underestimate the Rio Grande, and wear those PFDs:

AMRC fielded with Cibola SAR in support of Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and Bernalillo County Fire Department ...
04/18/2021

AMRC fielded with Cibola SAR in support of Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and Bernalillo County Fire Department to locate a lost hiker this evening. All parties are safely out of the field. Colder temperatures, rain, and snow flurries are still impacting the Sandias, be prepared with warmer layers in case of sudden weather changes or nightfall.

AMRC fielded with Cibola SAR in support of Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and Bernalillo County Fire Department to locate a lost hiker this evening. All parties are safely out of the field. Colder temperatures, rain, and snow flurries are still impacting the Sandias, be prepared with warmer layers in case of sudden weather changes or nightfall.

It may be 80 degrees in town but it's still winter at the top of the Sandias. AMRC built and tested an 8-foot diameter s...
04/11/2021

It may be 80 degrees in town but it's still winter at the top of the Sandias. AMRC built and tested an 8-foot diameter snow bollard anchor during today's winter training, 6 people pulled 3.6 kN and couldn't produce a failure.

It may be 80 degrees in town but it's still winter at the top of the Sandias. AMRC built and tested an 8-foot diameter snow bollard anchor during today's winter training, 6 people pulled 3.6 kN and couldn't produce a failure.

Search and Rescue in the New York Times, thanks for exploring safely and responsibly:
04/07/2021
Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue in the New York Times, thanks for exploring safely and responsibly:

Inexperienced adventurers have flooded remote areas like Wyoming’s Sublette County during the pandemic. When they call for help, the task is left to an overwhelmed network of volunteers.

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council and Cibola Search and Rescue were fielded last night to locate and help unprepared h...
03/26/2021

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council and Cibola Search and Rescue were fielded last night to locate and help unprepared hikers off of La Luz. The all-night mission lasted 12 hours and rescuers and hikers were safely out of the field at sunrise. Snow along the upper La Luz trail is deep, and icy sections exist to the parking lot. La Luz is ill-defined with snow coverage, and false trails exist. Please note that the trail cut last night by rescuers does not extend to the top, and take precautions if you decide to recreate in the Sandias. Boots and traction devices are necessary, as is winter clothing. Please keep an eye on the time and your cell phone battery, know that travel is slow and that conditions worsen the higher one travels on La Luz. As always we are honored to support Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office and New Mexico State Police.

Great advice from our friends and colleagues at Sandia Search Dogs:
03/18/2021
Search and rescue team prepares for busy season

Great advice from our friends and colleagues at Sandia Search Dogs:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – As temperatures warm up, hikers are getting out, and that means the Sandia Search and Rescue dogs are beginning to refresh their skills. The busy season is nearly here fo…

Awesome work by Albuquerque Fire Rescue and Albuquerque Police Department, AMRC is always honored to be called by and su...
03/18/2021

Awesome work by Albuquerque Fire Rescue and Albuquerque Police Department, AMRC is always honored to be called by and support these men and women who work so hard to protect and serve our community:

A literal cliffhanger in the Sandia Mountains ended well tonight thanks to the combined efforts of Albuquerque Fire Resc...
03/16/2021

A literal cliffhanger in the Sandia Mountains ended well tonight thanks to the combined efforts of Albuquerque Fire Rescue, Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police and Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. Tonight’s rescue went even faster thanks to Sandia Peak Tramway that transported rescue personnel. It’s still very much winter at the top of the Sandias, and t-shirt weather below gives way to freezing temperatures, bitter winds and icy trail slopes that can lead to deadly drop-offs atop the mountain. Please plan accordingly and stay safe exploring New Mexico.

AMRC is grateful for the gift of our new rescue rig from Mountain Rescue Aspen. With two vehicles in our fleet now, we c...
03/15/2021

AMRC is grateful for the gift of our new rescue rig from Mountain Rescue Aspen. With two vehicles in our fleet now, we can more quickly respond to missions throughout the Sandias and New Mexico. The generosity of Mountain Rescue Aspen will help save lives and get people home safely.

📸:: Ryan Flanagan

AMRC is grateful for the gift of our new rescue rig from Mountain Rescue Aspen. With two vehicles in our fleet now, we can more quickly respond to missions throughout the Sandias and New Mexico. The generosity of Mountain Rescue Aspen will help save lives and get people home safely.

📸:: Ryan Flanagan

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03/12/2021

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Arrested development: AMRC members practiced self-arrest, snow anchors, haul systems and winter travel skills this weeke...
03/08/2021

Arrested development: AMRC members practiced self-arrest, snow anchors, haul systems and winter travel skills this weekend as part of our membership in the Mountain Rescue Association. Even though the weather's been beautiful in Albuquerque it's still winter at the top of the Sandías. We hope you're enjoying whatever season this is!

Photos from Jami Seymore's post
03/04/2021

Photos from Jami Seymore's post

AMRC members featured in the Spring 2021 Mountain Rescue Association's Meridian Magazine beginning on Page 6:https://mra...
03/01/2021

AMRC members featured in the Spring 2021 Mountain Rescue Association's Meridian Magazine beginning on Page 6:

https://mra.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Meridian-Spring-2021.pdf

AMRC members featured in the Spring 2021 Mountain Rescue Association's Meridian Magazine beginning on Page 6:

https://mra.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Meridian-Spring-2021.pdf

Team members hanging around during a rope skills training last evening. Being able to ascend a rope is as important as d...
02/26/2021

Team members hanging around during a rope skills training last evening. Being able to ascend a rope is as important as descending.

Team members hanging around during a rope skills training last evening. Being able to ascend a rope is as important as descending.

02/21/2021

Another winter storm may move across NM Wednesday night and Thursday. Snow, wind, blowing snow, colder temperatures, and slick travel conditions are possible for parts of the area. Stay tuned!

Avalanches aren't the only danger in winter. Tree wells can also be fatal, and can occur in inbound areas. https://backc...
02/21/2021
IT’S GETTING DEEP! LEARN TREE WELL SAFETY AND EXTRICATION. | Backcountry Access

Avalanches aren't the only danger in winter. Tree wells can also be fatal, and can occur in inbound areas.

https://backcountryaccess.com/en-us/blog/p/learn-tree-well-safety-extrication?fbclid=IwAR2mY49xdRe32larNEIrpCyspJblvo5VTZc4dHdT3c9N4gQxKzRz4iSo1Uw

While staying safe in avalanche terrain is constantly on the mind of backcountry travelers, tree wells and snow immersion suffocation (SIS) is a component of snow safety that is often overlooked.undefined

Photos from US National Weather Service Albuquerque New Mexico's post
02/15/2021

Photos from US National Weather Service Albuquerque New Mexico's post

A joint joint medical training with our partners and friends at Cibola Search and Rescue with AMRC’s Dr. Mark Anderson, ...
02/10/2021

A joint joint medical training with our partners and friends at Cibola Search and Rescue with AMRC’s Dr. Mark Anderson, "Orthopedic Assessment and Wilderness Care.” New Mexico’s search and rescue teams are all working hard to stay sharp during these socially distant times. Thanks for the hand, Mark, way to break a leg.

A joint joint medical training with our partners and friends at Cibola Search and Rescue with AMRC’s Dr. Mark Anderson, "Orthopedic Assessment and Wilderness Care.” New Mexico’s search and rescue teams are all working hard to stay sharp during these socially distant times. Thanks for the hand, Mark, way to break a leg.

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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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