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.

Operating as usual

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.

Staying socially distanced and wearing masks when appropriate, AMRC team members participated in a winter camping/avalan...
02/10/2021

Staying socially distanced and wearing masks when appropriate, AMRC team members participated in a winter camping/avalanche training in the Pecos Wilderness this past weekend. As a member of the national Mountain Rescue Association, AMRC is expected to maintain winter survival and avalanche training. It's been a particularly dangerous year in Colorado and Utah, please be careful when playing in the backcountry and know before you go (https://kbyg.org/). Check out training organizer Jay Johnson's description at Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLDpYogFwj6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of officer Darian Jarrott and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety com...
02/05/2021

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of officer Darian Jarrott and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety community.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of officer Darian Jarrott and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety community.

Let it snow, and know before you go!
01/09/2021

Let it snow, and know before you go!

Winter Storm Warning issued January 8 at 2:49PM MST until January 10 by NWS Albuquerque NM
POTENT WINTER STORM BRINGS SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND EASTERN PLAINS SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

Significant snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches over the
Sangre de Cristo Mountains with 3 to 6 inches and locally as high
as 6 to 9 inches over portions of the eastern plains is expected.
Snowfall will begin to reach the northern mountains
Saturday afternoon and will then expand over the eastern plains
Saturday night into Sunday morning. The system finally exits into
Texas by midday Sunday. Travel impacts from snowpacked roads and lowered visibility are likely through mountain passes and the
interstate and highway corridors east of the central mountain
chain to the Texas border.

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches.

* WHERE...Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, East Slopes
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Johnson and Bartlett Mesas
Including Raton Pass, Far Northeast Highlands and Northeast
Highlands.

* WHEN...From 2 PM Saturday to 11 AM MST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult especially along
Interstate 25 from Las Vegas to Raton.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The greatest snow accumulations are likely
along east facing slopes.
Instructions: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for New Mexico can be obtained by
calling 5 1 1, 1-800-432-4269, or visiting nmroads.com.
http://www.weather.gov

Our trainings and recruitment have taken a huge hit this year with COVID-19, but Tim Durkin of La Plata County Search an...
12/18/2020
Risk Management and Decision Making in SAR

Our trainings and recruitment have taken a huge hit this year with COVID-19, but Tim Durkin of La Plata County Search and Rescue has developed a new SAR learning module on risk management over at Base Medical for anyone interested in search and rescue. https://base-medical.thinkific.com/ has several free and low-cost SAR trainings available:

"Learn to identify, quantity and manage risk. Recognize positive / negative personal or group behaviors and common cognitive errors. Understand how to use risk evaluation tools including GAR, GAR 2.0, RADeMS and IMSAFE. Check it out for $6, including downloadable risk evaluation cards/worksheets, or better yet take advantage of all our current and upcoming SAR content for the introductory price of just $42. Current SAR modules included are: Gear/Clothing, Risk Mgt, Helicopters, Land Nav, Radio Comms, Knots, Litter Packaging/Movement, and Gun Safety.

https://base-medical.thinkific.com/courses/risk-management-and-decision-making-in-sar?fbclid=IwAR0hAdp5-u5xGR_T4WeF0gLf6p336JO1mrYqhiBnKQq6MrNvUIXW8UN7BrU

Learn to identify, quantity and manage risk. Recognize positive / negative personal or group behaviors and common cognitive errors. Understand how to use risk evaluation tools including GAR, GAR 2.0, RADeMS and IMSAFE.

It's Friday night so you know what that means, right? Math! We've tallied some team numbers for 2019 and 2020 thus far. ...
12/12/2020

It's Friday night so you know what that means, right? Math!

We've tallied some team numbers for 2019 and 2020 thus far. In 2019 AMRC members responded to 48 missions and put in 8,580 volunteer hours. 2020 has seen 45 missions as of early December totaling 4,670 total volunteer hours (a number that reflects smaller groups fielding due to COVID-19 precautions).

We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday/winter season.

When they’re not training and fielding with AMRC on missions, many of our members continue to care for others as nurses,...
12/06/2020

When they’re not training and fielding with AMRC on missions, many of our members continue to care for others as nurses, doctors, EMTs, paramedics, nurse practitioners and in other critical health care positions. Verena Weissenborn is one of our team members working constantly in the service of others:

“I am a Flight Nurse and Unit-based Educator for UNMH’s Critical Care Flight Team. With our fleet of three airplanes, a helicopter, and a ground ambulance, we transport some of New Mexico’s sickest patients to higher level of care every day. We have been transporting COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic - uncounted challenges along the way. Some of these patients are sicker than any we have ever transported before. We have been dealing with utilizing advanced treatment strategies, working under constraints of PPE in triple and single digit temperatures, figuring out new decontamination procedures, and doing lots of heavy lifting. Literally. No matter what, we are New Mexico True and work our tails off for our beloved communities. Every day, every shift, every flight.”

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Albuquerque, NM
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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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