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					                         SEATTLE MOUNTAIN RESCUE BERGTRAGE - JULY 2008

Number 179

                           MONTHLY BOARD/MEMBERSHIP MEETING
                                   July 17, 2008, 7:00pm (Thursday)
                                        Bellevue Fire Station #9
                                12412 NEWCASTLE WAY, BELLEVUE WA
This is SMR's regular monthly meeting which is not just for the Board Members, who are
required to attend. All other members are asked to please attend and help SMR conduct its
business. New members are encouraged to attend a meeting as soon as they are accepted in the
Unit. Meetings are usually preceded by a social hour at 6:00pm. Locations will be announced on
the Yahoo Group E-mail and on your pagers. Please come, especially if you are a new or
prospective member. Submit agenda items prior to the meeting to Doug Hutton at

                                Invites you to our annual Summer Picnic Extravaganza!! Current
                                and former members and friends & family are invited. Come join
                                us for some fun in the sun as we continue to celebrate our 60th
•   When? Wednesday July 30; 5:30 PM
•   Where? At the Beautiful home of Bill and Katia Robinson at 8084 Avalon Dr. (Off of E. Mercer
    Wy, sorry no UTM data or GPS coordinates)
•   What do? A sunny disposition and a potluck dish of your choice (Last name A-H side dish, I-P
    Salads, Q-Z Dessert) SMR will provide burgers, dogs & beverages. Also, be prepared for another
    volleyball challenge on the lawn.
•   Questions? Call Doug Hutton (425) 466-2568.

During the month of June 2008, SMR was called out for five missions, which included two “turnarounds”
bringing the total for 2008 to 18, which contrasts to 12 missions for the first six months of 2007 and to the five
year average of about 34 missions for the previous five years. For complete mission reports, members may log
on the “members only” section of the SMR Website at www.seattlemountainrescue.org.

June 13-14, 2008: Search for Missing Boaters, Nisqually River, Thurston County
At 2257 hrs on Thursday, June 12, King County Sheriff paged SMR to assist Thurston County in a
search and recovery of mission boaters on the Nisqually River. Five people were in a small boat
that capsized earlier that day. The driver and mother of two children made it to shore. The body
of a five year old child was recovered a couple hours later, about 250 yards downstream. The
other child, age 9, and another adult were missing. Tacoma Mountain Rescue was running a
                     highline across the river that was used as an anchor for a boat with divers,
                     ferrying the boat back and forth across the river. SMR was requested to run
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                                        60 YEARS         1
                                                   SAVING LIVES THROUGH SEARCH AND RESCUE AND
                                                      MOUNTAIN SAFETY EDUCATION
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ropes in the same configuration on Friday, June 13,
assisting Tacoma Mountain Rescue and Olympic
Mountain Rescue.

On scene were Wes Cooper, Rich Evans and Steve Allen
from SMR, six Tacoma Mountain Rescue and three
Olympic Mountain Rescue members. Their job was to assist the Pierce County Dive Team in the
effort to search the immediate area of the Nisqually where the two subjects were last reported
seen by a witness on shore. The dive team's plan was to put a diver into the water behind a
Zodiak, connected by a rope to the boat, and move in a grid pattern back and forth across the
river. To facilitate the search in a safe and efficient manner, the Mountain Rescue units were
asked to setup a highline across the river. The motorless Zodiak would then be connected to the
highline via a two-to-one with a redirect, which would allow the boat tender to move the boat
upstream, downstream or stay in one spot. The highline controllers on the river banks could move
the boat left or right at the boat tender's command.

                                                SMR was asked to assist TMR by setting up a
                                                second highline about 50 yards down river of the
                                                first one. As the dive team finished their grid
                                                search of the first area, they could connect to the
                                                second highline and disconnect from the first. This
                                                would allow them to grid search the next section of
                                                river in the same fashion as the previous one. The
                                                plan was to leapfrog these highlines as the boat
                                                moved down river. However, the dive team
                                                decided to utilize sonar technology, pole cameras
                                                and probes to pinpoint targets of interest instead
                                                of continuing to put a diver in the fast moving,
very cold water. A technical glitch with the sonar computer caused a 2-hour downtime, but they
were able to get about another three hours of searching before calling off the mission at 1800.

SMR personnel were requested for Saturday, June 14th and Davis and Farash were available to
go. Jeff Sharp of Tacoma Mountain Rescue was coordinating the technical part of the mission and
said that there was a good chance that the search would be suspended at noon on Saturday, and
not to respond at that time.

As of June 17th, the subjects remain missing and Thurston County sheriff has suspended the
search. On June 18th, a letter of thanks was received from Sheriff Kimball of Thurston County for
SMR’s response to this search.
                            SMR: 44 Man-hours, 360 Driving Miles

UPDATE: June 30, 2008, LACEY, Wash. - The body of a 9-year-old boy
who had been missing in the Nisqually River has been found by a dive
team, one of three people who were killed June 12 when the boat they
were on capsized. The body of the other 32-year-old victim, was
recovered Friday, June 27th.

The Nisqually River: The river rises in southern Mount Rainier
National Park, fed by the Nisqually Glacier on the southern side of Mt.
Rainier. It flows west along the Pierce-Lewis county line, then
northwest through the foothills, forming the boundary between Pierce
and Thurston counties. It traverses the Nisqually Indian Reservation in
its lower 10 mi (16 km) and enters Puget Sound approximately 15 mi
(24 km) ENE of Olympia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisqually_River
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           June 29, 2008: Rescue of Hiker Injured on the Snow Lake Trail
                                Snoqualmie Pass
On Sunday, June 29th, SAR units were paged at 1306 hrs for an injured hiker on the Snow Lake
trail and Scott Staton picked up Intown while Farash left North Bend with the truck (SMR-1) and
arrived at the Alpental Base at 1345 hrs. The King County RAD Team arrived at Base around
1310 hrs and sent two responders up the trail where the Subject was reported to be just above
the Source-Snow Lake junction. Doug Caley and Geoff Ferguson arrived and headed up the trail,
meanwhile additional ESAR personnel arrived and were also sent up the trail.

The Subject was 50 year old man who was ascending towards snow lake on the steep switch
backs above the turn off to the old trail when he slipped on the snow. He said he started to
accelerate at an alarming rate and that there was nothing he could do to slow down. When he saw
the rocks approaching at the end of the snow slope he braced to protect his head and slide onto
the rocks on his thumbs and feet resulting in a broken ankle and two broken thumbs, including
one that was open. Doug Caley did the splinting and patient packaging and rigged a simple low
angle lower using a single climbing rope. We recruited a state patrol trooper, two sheriffs
deputies, and a forest service ranger that had hiked in, along with a group of hikers that had
stopped to help and began the lower. After reaching the bottom of the snow slope the rest of the
SAR folks started to arrive and completed the evac. The whole evacuation went very smoothly.

Another injury was reported on the McClellan Butte Trail for a hypothermic hiker with a broken leg
and Farash relocated to the 9020 road for the McClellan Butte mission at 1630 hrs.
                         SMR: 14.5 Manhours and 175 Driving Miles

          June 29, 2008: Rescue of Hiker Injured on McClellan Butte Trail
We arrived at the McClellan Butte trailhead off of road 9020 and were told that the subject was on
the trail about a mile up and was hypothermic and may also have a head injury. (See TOPO Map
below for location). We grabbed the liter and headed up the trail at 1940 hrs. On the way up the
trail there was radio traffic about bringing Guardian 1 in to pick up Ferguson at Exit 38 then hoist
the subject from the accident site. (Ferguson had been on the earlier Snow Lake mission and
drove to exit 38). After about 2 miles of trail we encountered snow and then heard the helicopter
fly by to pick up Ferguson. Another half mile we were on scene at the accident at 1850 hrs.
Deputy Linde was lowered from Guardian 1 just before we arrived.

                                          Two officers, one from Fish & Game and another from
                                          WSP were on “Forest Service Duty” and had made their
                                          way up the trail taking a sleeping bag (along with their
                                          full duty belts). The WSP trooper stopped where the
                                          snow covered the trail and the Fish & Game officer
                                          arrived at the scene 5 minutes before us.

                                          The three moderately experienced hikers had headed up
                                          the trail earlier that day. They were carrying extra
                                          clothing, food/water and ice axe and were wearing light
                                          hiking boots. The party crossed the open gully and had
                                          decided to turn around because they were not
                                          comfortable with the conditions. On their way back
                                          across the gully, the subject (early to mid 30s approx.
                                          200lbs) slipped and slid about 25ft down the snow, then
                                          fell into an open hole to the stream below. The other
                                          guy in the party made it down to the hole only to watch
                                          his friend to be swept under the snow. About 40ft to
                                          50ft down the gully was an opening in the snow where
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water was flowing out and then over a 30ft cliff. The subject reappeared at this opening and was
able to crawl out of the stream. His friend called 911 from a cell phone, while the subject’s girl
friend stayed at the trail. Now completely soaked with near freezing water the subject was
shivering uncontrollably and becoming hypothermic. His friend took off the subject’s wet clothes
and put on two layers of dry medium weight fleece and a hat.

Aaron and Doug splinted the subject’s leg and completed a head to toe exam. The subject also
had a closed head injury as well as some right shoulder pain. The subject was alert and oriented
to person, place and time. He was on laying some bushes with his legs slightly above his head
close to where the accident occurred. Aaron put the rescue harness on the subject and about 15
minutes after we arrived, the subject was hoisted to the helicopter at 1922 hrs and flown to
Harborview. The rest of the subject’s hiking party (the subject’s girlfriend and another friend)
hiked down the trail with us. We short roped the girlfriend on the snow since she wasn’t feeling
too confident given the accident and light hiking boots. After the subject was hoisted to Guardian
1 and we were regrouping at our staging site, word came in about another possible mission at Mt.
Si. This later turned out to be nothing and we hiked out with the two hikers and two officers
arriving at the FS 9020 road at 2000 hrs.

The injuries were torn ligaments in his right leg, and some brain bleeding. The subject will
undergo and MRI or CAT scan to determine the extent of the injury. The decision for a rapid
extrication likely saved the subject’s life. (Summary by Doug McCall) To see photos of this rescue
go to: http://picasaweb.google.com/bergtrage/McClellanButte6292008
                        SMR: 30 MAN-HOURS AND 300 DRIVING MILES

There were no new members who joined SMR the past month,
however, we did gain one brand new prospective member! Too
young to apply for membership? Yeah! Bree and Russell finally had
their baby - Vivian Petra Anschell on June 16th after 36 hours of
labor and no drugs (Bree's proud of herself). Vivian was 9 lbs even,
21 inches long and looks like a cuter and less sleepy version of
Russel. You should start seeing her out in the hills by early fall - she's got a pretty good start on
trail familiarity since she's been up most things in the I-90 corridor already...

                                  Remember the Taiwanese biker who Bill Davis helped when he
                                  found his bike snowbound on the Ironhorse Trail in early May? Well
                                  he just sent Bill a postcard from Boston letting him know he arrived
                                  at his destination in one piece. He says the traffic in Boston is
                                  terrifying and he prefers the beauty of our neck of the woods. He
                                  didn’t say if he was pedaling back!

One of the first news clippings in the SMR historical archives dates back to July
1946. Exhausted and bruised, 24 year old Ernest Hastreiter stumbled onto the
porch of a Denny Creek summer home ending a three day search after the young veteran
vanished on Granite Mountain. Three days and three nights wandering - alone, lost, clad only in
shorts and without food. Hastreiter was hiking to Pratt Lake with a group of 60 students from
Seattle College when he became separated from the party and took off his shoes and all his
clothing except for his shorts. The only explanation for Hastreiter's actions was an attack of
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"irrationality." He survived combat in France and
Germany and also from his ordeal in the mountains.
Perhaps these days it would have been explained as
For the Post-Intelligencer article go to: http://

52 Years Ago in June 1956 - how many members did we have in June 2008???

MRC's annual Spring Training Conference June 16-17 at "the summit" of Snoqualmie Pass had a
registration of 138, a large percentage of which were members of cooperating agencies. The
Conference proved that the concept of mountain rescue is a magnet which draws together people
from all walks of life and from varied backgrounds or training and interests. It is extremely
gratifying to every member of MRC to know that the various cooperating organizations and many
private individuals stand ready at a minute's notice to leave their homes or jobs to assist in the
various phases of search or rescue. The Conference itself was divided into two parts: one
complete day in the field, and one morning inside, the latter devoted to a critique and brief
business meeting. This schedule allowed an early get-away for those from Oregon, B.C., and
other distant points.

The Training Committee planned the field problem as a simulated search and rescue. The aim was
to test communications and coordination between rescue parties and cooperating organizations;
train in the use of new equipment; provide experience to the Explorer Scout Lowland Search and
Rescue Group, and to give qualified MRC members practice in leadership and organization in as
realistic a setting as possible.

The rescue problem was as follows: three climbers were reported missing in the snow-covered
cliffs above Source Lake, presumably the victims of a fall. Three dummies had been previously
planted by a party two weeks before; the problem was to find them and return them to the
Source Lake camp for helicopter evacuation. Following registration at the Washington Alpine Club
cabin at the Pass, several teams under Rescue Leader Paul Williams hiked into Source Lake. They
scoured the area discovering the victims at the bottom of a cliff an estimated 750' above the lake.
Two victims were removed on MRC ski-equipped knockdown stretchers over a snow route; the
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third was lowered over a combination snow-rock route. Wherever possible, inexperienced
personnel were used to effect the actual evacuation, with the veteran rescue members standing
by for observation and guidance, The Coast Guard helicopter, grounded most of the morning by
weather, was able to come in by early afternoon; it made a number of trips carrying personnel
and gear back to the Pass.

A new phase of support was brought into this operation, that of the Explorer Scouts, who very
efficiently set up a "canteen" at Source Lake serving hot coffee and sandwiches. This service was
really appreciated by everyone at the advance camp.

Mid-way between the Pass and the lake, the Hood River unit set up and operated their aerial cable
system across the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. The Symington snow tractor also
participated, demonstrating that it can carry a tremendous payload over comparatively rough
snow surfaces.

THE CRITIQUE: Coordination between rescue teams could be effected by a system of visual
signals. In the future, more difficult routes should be chosen for evacuation of victims, in order to
get practice in tougher situations. More counseling could have been done along the routes, i.e.
discussion of all the various possibilities on technique, etc. Rescue members need to "improvise"
to meet the problems at hand, e.g. again the need for audio and visual signals". The need for
rescue teams to have portable radio communication between them was discussed; while this idea
was desirable the cost of needed sets ($375 per) is prohibitive at present. Some felt that the field
work should be held near the road where most people could see it carried out. Major Rex Gibson,
president of the Alpine Club of Canada, suggested the party who found victims could have sent
one of its best climbers back to base with a written message of what they found and what was
needed. He said he was impressed with the large number of willing and able men in rescue work
in our region, a contrast to his own country where they must manage with
fewer men and less equipment. Describing in detail two recent major
accidents in the Canadian Rockies, he said that it was hoped to institute
registration for climbs in the future so as to prevent accidents to
inexperienced parties in the mountains. (From the July 1956 issue of the
MRC Newsletter)

Our Old Members
Herb Reif - Herb goes way back and in 1956 was MRC's communications
chairman. Until recently, Herb was a familiar face on the trails in the North
Bend Ranger District where for many years he was a volunteer backcountry
ranger. Herb still does volunteer work these days at Seatac Airport. Here's
a photo of Herb taken in 1998 while on ranger duty.

               Sunday, 15 June 2008:
               Rescuers received gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list.
               Alfie Ingram, who chairs the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland and
               has been a voluntary member since the 1950s, was awarded the MBE. Mr Ingram,
               of Dundee, is also leader of the Tayside team. He received his award for services to
               mountain rescue in Scotland.
               Nicola Lyons, of Callington, Cornwall, also received the MBE for her volunteer
work with the Search and Rescue Dogs Association and for her involvement in mountain rescue


Berchtesgaden Mountain Rescuers Honored
                                     With more than 600 rescues in his 40
                                     years with the Bergwacht since 1959,
                                     Herbert Heil of Berchtesgaden is always
                                     on call to help those who are in trouble in
                                     the mountains. For decades, Herbert was
                                     a member of the Chiemgau Regional
                                     Training Commission and was also a
                                     member of the IKAR. For his outstanding work, Herbert
                                     was awarded the gold medal for service to the Bavarian
                                     Bergwacht by Bavaria's interior minister Joachim
                                     Hermann at a ceremony in Munich. Other Bergwacht
                                     members were honored for their service with silver
medals and the Bergwacht-Edelweiss award. http://www.bergwacht-bayern.org/8484.0.html
This rescue made the world news!
Between 60 and 80 emergency workers and five helicopters were involved in the search and
rescue operation involving Bavarian Bergwacht mountain rescuers from Marktschellenberg
and Berchtesgaden and 22 Austrian mountain rescuers from Bergrettung Grödig (Flachgau),
alpine police, and dog handlers searched for a 24-year-old American hiker lost in the Bavarian
Alps for over 70 hours. Police planned to cancel the search and recall between 60 and 80
emergency workers and five helicopters involved in the search because they hadn't found any
clues; they assumed she'd fallen off a cliff to her death. But the bra revealed they were looking in
the wrong place. Rescue workers in the Bavarian Alps have saved an American hiker who had
been missing for 70 hours in a dramatic helicopter operation after she sent a signal with her
sports bra. The 24-year-old woman from Colorado had hung her sports bra on a timber transport
cable in the Berchtesgaden region near the Austrian border in hopes that someone would find her.
A worker on the timber transport discovered her sports bra hooked on the cable midday on
Thursday, realized it probably belonged to the woman who had been reported missing on Monday,
and immediately called the authorities. She was found just a few
hours later as a helicopter circled the area and saw her waving from a
1,250-metre crag. Rescue workers staged a dramatic rescue, plucking
her off the crag with a helicopter and taking her to a hospital in the
valley below. "It certainly beats sending up a flare," said one rescue
worker. "She hadn't been wearing much when she started on her
walk and she ended up with even less on," they added. Maybe we
should consider adding Victoria's Secret to the Ten Essentials!
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