Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council Search and Rescue Team

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council Search and Rescue Team AMRC is a volunteer technical search and rescue team specializing in mountain and wilderness rescue.
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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 A

rea. 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.

NMNG helicopter crew airlifts injured hikerBy Sgt. 1st Class Jose Bulow, Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Reg...
01/09/2024

NMNG helicopter crew airlifts injured hiker

By Sgt. 1st Class Jose Bulow, Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico National Guard received a request late in the late evening of Jan. 6, 2024, from New Mexico Search and Rescue coordinators. Three people (two men and one woman) on the La Luz trail about 5-6 miles from the base of the mountain were lost and were ill-equipped for the dangerous winter conditions. Ground Search and Rescue Teams from multiple agencies hiked to their location and determined that the female was unable to walk and required a hoist rescue. A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew of five (call sign LOBO 82) from the New Mexico Army National Guard’s Santa Fe-based Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, accepted the mission in the early morning of Jan. 7. Golf Company is a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) unit which can provide critical care transport. The crewmembers reported to their unit, prepared the aircraft, and lifted off at first light to attempt the rescue.

Simultaneously, the New Mexico State Police launched their aircraft Able 7 to attempt a hoist rescue in daylight conditions but was unable to fly at a low enough level due to high winds. Instead, they flew to a higher altitude and assisted in the communication between the incident commander on the ground and the New Mexico National Guard Black Hawk crew. The National Guard crew was able to lower a medic via hoist to the ground where he packaged the patient in a warming bag and then into a skid basket to hoist her into the helicopter for transport to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Both medics on this mission were Critical Care Flight paramedics and began life-saving measures on the ground and during transport. Additionally, the hoist operator has years of experience and certifications to be qualified to operate the hoist with patients aboard. The pilots, one of whom (Edens) is a Firefighter/Paramedic with Albuquerque Fire and Rescue and the other (Anderson) is a full-time pilot with the New Mexico National Guard, are both extremely familiar with the area and this type of rescue experience which is invaluable.

01/09/2024
Sandia Aerial Tramway is closed through March 13. It is not available to bring hikers back down from the top of the moun...
01/09/2024

Sandia Aerial Tramway is closed through March 13. It is not available to bring hikers back down from the top of the mountain. It is also not available to transport emergency services up the mountain, which could delay a response. Please take all of these factors into consideration when recreating in the Sandia Mountains.

After an all-day training on upper La Luz Saturday AMRC was called out Saturday evening for a rescue of three hypothermi...
01/08/2024

After an all-day training on upper La Luz Saturday AMRC was called out Saturday evening for a rescue of three hypothermic hikers stranded 6 miles up La Luz near the Thumb. AMRC was called out at 9 p.m. along with , , , , Santa Fe Search and Rescue Group and . The hikers were reached and treated by rescue teams in the early hours of Sunday morning. Two hikers were warmed and hiked back down La Luz, and a hiker with more severe cold injuries was moved to an area where New Mexico National Guard's was able to hoist the patient to definitive care with assistance from the 's Abel 7 crew. Rescuers were out of the field by 11 a.m. Sunday morning. Shown are images from the training and mission.

https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/1-airlifted-after-rescue-on-la-luz-trail/

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Interested in helping your community, learning about what Albuquerque Mountain Rescue does and possibly joining our team...
01/05/2024

Interested in helping your community, learning about what Albuquerque Mountain Rescue does and possibly joining our team? AMRC will be accepting applications for its 2024 class and conducting three informational sessions, one of which is online:

•Jan 15, 7:30pm in the Stone Age Midtown party room (same location as AMRC monthly meetings)

•Jan 16, 7:30pm in the Stone Age Midtown party room (same location as AMRC monthly meetings)

•Jan 22, 7:30pm via Google Meet: Video call link: https://meet.google.com/xuf-jgkd-qod or dial: ‪(US) +1 678-653-6904‬ PIN: ‪893 669 371‬ #

Applications for team membership will be due Jan 23. Mandatory classes and final test out will be conducted February through May. Prior climbing and mountaineering experience is not necessary, and we welcome all who are willing to commit time and dedication to technical search and rescue to attend these information sessions.

Winter storm is expected to impact Albuquerque later this evening. Pre-planning and copious employment of caution when t...
01/04/2024

Winter storm is expected to impact Albuquerque later this evening. Pre-planning and copious employment of caution when traveling and recreating in the mountains are advised. Yay ❄️!

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Albuquerque Mountain Rescue responded with  in support of Sandoval County Fire and Rescue to assist a hiker stuck on Cab...
12/31/2023

Albuquerque Mountain Rescue responded with in support of Sandoval County Fire and Rescue to assist a hiker stuck on Cabazon Peak Saturday night. Albuquerque Mountain Rescue members established a lowering system to help the hiker over sketchy terrain, and all walked out safely. What goes up must come down, and keep an eye on the time.

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Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our fundraiser, during Brewfest and otherwise supported Albuquerque Mountai...
12/30/2023

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our fundraiser, during Brewfest and otherwise supported Albuquerque Mountain Rescue this year. Thanks to the generosity of so many we are ready to respond when called. Here's to a happy and safe 2024!

12/22/2023
Tuesday night team patrol of La Luz accessed via the top of Domingo Baca. Snowshoes and crampons were required, and step...
12/20/2023

Tuesday night team patrol of La Luz accessed via the top of Domingo Baca. Snowshoes and crampons were required, and stepping off the narrow, icy trail resulted in waist deep post holing in areas. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway is scheduled to be open daily Wednesday, December 20 thru Monday, Jan 8; however, this can change quickly depending on winds and weather. Always check Tram status before counting on it, and have a backup plan if conditions change. A possible weather system could result in a white Christmas, but make for difficult hiking conditions. Be prepared and have a wonderful holiday season!

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Fly high, Kenneth, thanks for thinking of us and Albuquerque's search and rescue community:
12/17/2023

Fly high, Kenneth, thanks for thinking of us and Albuquerque's search and rescue community:

View Kenneth August Ferguson's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

Images taken by a team member on Sunday showing the level of snow compared to the signs along La Luz. We have received s...
12/08/2023

Images taken by a team member on Sunday showing the level of snow compared to the signs along La Luz. We have received several messages asking about conditions for hikes this weekend. Snow gets deep the last top mile of the trail. We strongly recommend snowshoes for flotation, sturdy poles for leveraging out of post holes, and traction devices for icy areas. Give yourself more time than you think you need, and be someplace secure by 4:00 p.m. to beat sunset.

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Upper La Luz has areas of thigh deep snow and the trail is undefined. As always, tracks in the snow don't necessarily de...
12/04/2023

Upper La Luz has areas of thigh deep snow and the trail is undefined. As always, tracks in the snow don't necessarily define the correct trail. With the arrival of winter conditions atop the Sandias regardless of conditions at the base, caution and preparation should be employed by anyone recreating at upper elevations in the Sandias.

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AMRC responded to a call in the Sandias with    and  Sunday night. Please be advised that deep snow exists on La Luz tra...
12/04/2023

AMRC responded to a call in the Sandias with and Sunday night. Please be advised that deep snow exists on La Luz trail and all throughout the upper half of the mountain, and that the Crest Road quickly deteriorates with ice and snowpack, narrow passage, and deep snow berms. Anyone recreating in the upper elevations of the Sandia mountains should be prepared with proper winter equipment including snowshoes, and vehicles should use caution, drive slow and have recovery equipment such as chains, boards, and shovels available.

Our friend Steve at  sent us this photo of these chonkers filling up before hibernating this morning. The Sandias do hav...
11/27/2023

Our friend Steve at sent us this photo of these chonkers filling up before hibernating this morning. The Sandias do have bears, but they tend to be timid and sightings are rare. Despite their brown coats, these are black bears who love acorns and berries, and were named as New Mexico's official state animal in 1963. A black bear was put down in 2020 after attacking a woman within Pajarito Ski Area, but for the most part black bears are incredibly shy and reclusive, usually running away at the sight of humans. The National Park Service says to wave your arms and make noise if you encounter a black bear. As always, use common sense if you do encounter a bear, and keep your distance if you're fortunate enough to see one of these incredible animals. As a side note, the state's last grizzly bear was killed in New Mexico in 1931 near Silver City.

KRQE News 13 contacted us for comment after a hiker in British Columbia was rescued via helicopter after using a driving...
11/27/2023

KRQE News 13 contacted us for comment after a hiker in British Columbia was rescued via helicopter after using a driving app for backcountry navigation. With snow in the Sandias now, it's very easy to follow tracks that may be off trail. Please be careful, employ situational awareness and common sense, carry the 10 essentials and extra power for recharging navigational devices, dress properly and be aware of sunset times. Enjoy New Mexico's wonderful winter and stay safe.

“Apps where it’s user contributions; those can get you in trouble certainly.”

Prepping for winter with hypothermia wrap practice. Think snow, think safety.         .rockymtnregion
11/17/2023

Prepping for winter with hypothermia wrap practice. Think snow, think safety.

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Our Sandias are laced with false trails that have gotten people into trouble. Do as much research as possible before you...
11/12/2023

Our Sandias are laced with false trails that have gotten people into trouble. Do as much research as possible before you head out, place common sense before technology, and don't be afraid to turn around when things feel weird:

https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/hiking-and-backpacking/a-hiker-is-lucky-to-be-alive-after-following-a-fake-trail-on-google-maps/?utm_source=Outside%20Magazine-facebook&fbclid=IwAR1mzCzNORiGjW0NGvsZobQsjliyJb3qJwKCqRp1c4dILse_OuHft00jIL4&utm_medium=organic-social

The ordeal is a reminder to value your own situational awareness over what Big Tech may tell you about a trail

11/12/2023

While waiting for the snow to fly, ensure your transceiver (aka beacon) is ready to keep you safe this season. New batteries and a range test are self-explanatory, but did you know that registering your beacon and updating the software will notify you of vital issues?

Thank you.
11/10/2023

Thank you.

Sat, Nov 11, at 6pm the Adaptive Sports Program of NM will be hosting a movie night outside at Sports Systems on Montgom...
11/06/2023

Sat, Nov 11, at 6pm the Adaptive Sports Program of NM will be hosting a movie night outside at Sports Systems on Montgomery. Admission is $10 with proceeds going to the organization. Bring chairs & blankets, they’ll have a fire pit and popcorn & hot chocolate!

The movie, Full Circle, just won the Banff Film festival & tells the story of Trevor Kennison, a snowboarder who broke his back in the backcountry in CO, as well as Barry Corbet (namesake of Corbets couloir).

A feature documentary from Level 1, coming to theaters Fall 2023. Find a screening near you and learn more at https://fullcirclefilm.co/Faced with a traumati...

"Lane was last seen at a meditation center in Jemez Springs before she went on a hike. The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Off...
11/06/2023

"Lane was last seen at a meditation center in Jemez Springs before she went on a hike. The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and New Mexico Search and Rescue are all working together to find Lane."

Her family isn’t giving up hope.

Excellent annual Rescue Challenge yesterday with a trad climb and high-angle patient lower on Flake 'n' Bake, and highli...
11/05/2023

Excellent annual Rescue Challenge yesterday with a trad climb and high-angle patient lower on Flake 'n' Bake, and highline with rappel over La Cueva Canyon. All gnomes were safely extracted from the field and transported to definitive care which included re-gluing the base after a bilateral femur fracture.

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Excellent annual Rescue Challenge yesterday with a trad climb and high-angle patient lower on Flake 'n' Bake, and highli...
11/05/2023

Excellent annual Rescue Challenge yesterday with a trad climb and high-angle patient lower on Flake 'n' Bake, and highline with rappel over La Cueva Canyon. All gnomes were safely extracted from the field and transported to definitive care which included regluing the base after a bilateral femur fracture.

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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.