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Message from Olympic Mountain Rescue

 

I had high hopes of ticking off some climbs this spring and summer but decided to forego technical alpine climbing for the time being.  With the crisis overloading our healthcare system, we all really need to be staying well within our skill set and not taking any unnecessary risks. You do not want to be taken to a hospital full of Corvid-19 patients.  Stay safe out there.

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Good thing I have a fear of falling.  I can count all my lead falls on one hand, I don’t even need a thumb.  This makes your advice super easy to follow.

 

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Posted (edited)

My Rainier climb/seminar late May(24th-30th)got cancelled and I'm not even mad. I feel bad for the small businesses taking a hit and those who actually catch the virus. 

Mountain will always be there. Rainier will just get pushed back to 2021 then barring any "hiccups" I will be on Kahiltna glacier 2022.

Here in the northeast they even closed the trails for backpacking.

 

Dayhiking only.

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Typos because my thumbs hate me

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I'm a little too busy to worry about climbing right now. 

I wonder if they designed the PAPR hood around the Ecrin Roc. They sure fit the same. 

Stay safe and practice social distancing. 

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Good luck with that.  I doubt people will be locked down, legal or not, all summer.

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On 3/28/2020 at 12:52 PM, KaskadskyjKozak said:

No dayhiking either:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD717080

All trails closed until 9/30 unless rescinded earlier. 

DNR lands are closed to hiking too.

I'm unclear on what that means - MORA says the backcountry is open to "dispersed recreation such as hiking and winter camping." Since NPS is Dept of Interior, I can't imagine a USDA rule (Dpet of Ag) would supersede their directive

Speaking only for NC where I live, the state specifically exempts outdoor recreation from the stay-at-home order - is that not also the case in WA?

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Oh snap, today I learned National Forests are managed by USDA and not under NPS purview - good to know.

Thanks for the link!

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1 hour ago, Benzo said:

is that not also the case in WA?

We've outlawed all forms of fun in WA

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2 hours ago, JasonG said:

We've outlawed all forms of fun in WA

Think that has branched off to other parts of the country. 

My seminar was scheduled for May 24th.

The svc I was going up Rainier with canned all climbs from June 3rd back with optimism that they may be back out there on June 4th.

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On 3/29/2020 at 11:38 AM, Loco Raindrops said:

I was speaking in terms of here in the Northeast.

I am a trail maintainer. 

sorry.  my old eyes, addled by the lack of any rejunevating green exposure saw "northwest".  peace.

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On 3/27/2020 at 10:07 PM, mneagle said:

I'm a little too busy to worry about climbing right now. 

I wonder if they designed the PAPR hood around the Ecrin Roc. They sure fit the same. 

Stay safe and practice social distancing. 

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Stay safe and thank you.

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Unfortunately, people were jamming popular trailheads and then getting in over their head in spring snow conditions.

From King County SAR on March 22nd:

"Tonight ESAR and RSVU responded up the Mailbox peak trail for an injured hiker that had called 911. Upon locating the subject, some of the details from the 911 calls weren't adding up and it was determined that we actually had two calls for separate subjects with the same name! The first was about one mile from the trailhead, and the other was about one mile from the summit.

And we're just getting started. Almost immediately after teams located the second subject they were notified of a third possible issue; there were two overdue hikers, likely stranded without lights above the snow line. Luckily, those two were found by other hikers who lent them some extra jackets and lights, and the group was making their way down the trail. It wasnt long before they ran into the team that found our second subject, from earlier, which had been standing-by while we tried to obtain more information about where these overdue hikers might be.

While all of that was happening, other teams heading up both the old and new trail encountered a total of three additional, separate parties that did not have lights and required assistance getting back to the trailhead.

That's a total of three 911 calls and six separate individuals, or groups requiring assistance that the teams helped in a span of five hours, on the same trail. Two of our subjects were transported down the trail by RSVU quads and the rest were able to hike out, escorted by the field teams.

Many thanks to all of the responders! You guys rock!

Regional Special Vehicles Unit - RSVU.org
King County 4x4 Search and Rescue
King County Incident Support Team

To the communities that we serve, we ask that you make good choices. With the current dangers posed by Covid-19 every mission puts volunteer rescuers at risk and consumes PPE, like N95 masks, that are much needed elsewhere in our EMS and hospital facilities.

What does social distancing look like in the outdoors? Here's a good article from the Washington Trails Association: https://www.wta.org/…/social-distancing-hiking-in-the-time-…

Want to know how you can get involved? Check out kcesar.org for more details on our training program and donation options. You can also head over to kingcountysar.org for more information about our partner units in King County Search and Rescue."

 

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It is looking like I'll have to build that fence I've been putting off for years.  I'm running out of slides to digitize..... first world problems for sure in light of what is going on!

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5 hours ago, JasonG said:

It is looking like I'll have to build that fence I've been putting off for years.  I'm running out of slides to digitize..... first world problems for sure in light of what is going on!

I'll send you a batch of slides to work on Jason!

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6 hours ago, JasonG said:

It is looking like I'll have to build that fence I've been putting off for years.  I'm running out of slides to digitize..... first world problems for sure in light of what is going on!

we will all need fences to ward off the zombie apocalypse

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1 hour ago, KaskadskyjKozak said:

we will all need fences to ward off the zombie apocalypse

My fence will be a Colt .308 

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5 hours ago, Phil K said:

I'll send you a batch of slides to work on Jason!

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! 

:lmao:

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3 hours ago, KaskadskyjKozak said:

we will all need fences to ward off the zombie apocalypse

I think that's why Canada is going to build a wall on the US border...

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