American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

General Information, Table I

  • Accident Tables
  • Accident Year:
  • Publication Year: 1964

Tables indicating some of the results of the first effort to gather statistical information on the activities of organized mountain rescue groups in North America follow. Twenty units reported, or about 60% of the known mountain rescue groups on the continent.

TABLE I General Information

State

Number of Rescue Members

Number of Operations Conducted

Number of Man-days in Field

Number of Alpine Operations

Number of Lowland Operations



*Arizona

31

16

181

12

4



California

38

85

457

72

13



Colorado

40

47

603

9

38



*Montana

23

3

10

0

3



*Oregon

110

20

624

12

8



Vermont

13

0

0

0

0



*Washington

408

50

1605

32

18



Wyoming

30

3

53

3

0



TOTAL

693

224

3533

140

84



* Indicates that all known units in the state reported.

In the above table “rescue members” is used to indicate personnel trained and able to work effectively in the field, as differentiated from other members of rescue groups who perform essentially administrative chores. Mountain rescue units inevitably become involved in some lowland operations in reciprocity for air support or because their skills are required on cliffs, in wells, mineshafts, etc.

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