The Hiker's Guide to Search and Rescue
In Washington alone, search and rescue conducts more than 800 missions a year to help lost and injured outdoor enthusiasts. Yet despite the large number of hikers, climbers, skiers and bikers they help each year, most people know very little about the elite group behind the heroics.
Gaining a better appreciation for search and rescue can make you a safer and more confident hiker. After all, at some point you might be the one in need of help. And in that moment, your knowledge of who to call, when to expect help and what to do while you wait could just save your life.
What search and rescue is, what kinds of missions it conducts and who volunteers with the organization.