The 2016 Alpine Safety Fair was a big success! Stay tuned for the 2017 Safety fair. When we get more information, we’ll post it here. See last year’s info below.
Are You Prepared for the Backcountry This Winter?
Come to the Alpine Rescue Team Safety Fair and find out!
Sat., Oct 15, 2016 Noon – 5 pm
Alpine Rescue Team Headquarters
28802 Rainbow Hill Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439
Get the knowledge. Get the gear. Head out prepared.
Join us for free, educational talks & demonstrations from local experts. All ages and skill levels welcomed.
- 12:00-1:00 “I Was Rescued,” by authors Brad and Melissa McQueen
- 1:00-1:30 Basic Map and Compass
- 1:30-2:00 Cell Phone, Personal Locator Beacons and GPS
- 2:00-2:30 The “11 Essentials”
- 2:30-3:00 The Boy Scout Merit Badge
- 3:00-3:30 Mountain Weather
- 3:30-4:00 Using Avalanche Transceiver
- 4:00-5:00 Avalanche Awareness: The Essentials
You can meet Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado’s canine searchers, and see Flight for Life-Colorado’s helicopter from 2:00 to 3:00 – you will be able to look inside! The fair will also feature the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s snowcat which you can climb inside. And Chris Tomer will demonstrate the technology of KWGN-CW2’s “Pinpoint Weather Beast” mobile TV weather truck.
The Colorado Mountain Club will have information about their hiking groups, and safety and climbing classes.
Several generous sponsors will show their products, including: PMI Rope, Deuter/Ortovox, Mac Van Publishing, Recco, NMotion Unmanned Aerial Systems, Backcountry Access, Colorado Mountain Club, Clear Creek Outdoors, Mountain Man Fruit and Nut, My MountainTown.Com and Truewerk.
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Native Eye Wear
Clear Creek County Sheriff
Jefferson County Sheriff
Gilpin County Sheriff
Alpine Safety Fair Class Room Discussion Overview
In May, 2001, the author of “Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing” and his wife were stranded overnight on Mount Evans during a freak late-spring blizzard. Melissa punched through snow into a creek and ended up spending the night out in the cold, with her feet bare. She suffered severe frostbite on both feet and had to have eight of her toes amputated. Hear what worked for them and what did not.
Brad McQueen – Brad is an avid hiker and climber and is a partner in the Denver-based CPA firm, EKS&H, where he audits public and private companies in a variety of industries. Brad is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver where he teaches auditing. He has climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks (275 Colorado 14er summits actually!) along with other mountains in the United States and abroad (Mt. Rainier, The Grand Teton, Kilimanjaro, Cotopaxi & Antisana). He is a member of the American Alpine Club and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a leading statewide stewardship organization and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, an organization working to protect and preserve Colorado’s highest peaks.
Melissa McQueen – Melissa is a passionate educator and outdoors person. She has climbed 15 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks and 19,330-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in addition to attempts on Mt. Rainier and the Grand Teton. Her frostbite story was first told on Colorado Public Radio’s “Here’s What Happened” program and she was featured in Backpacker Magazine’s 2012 Survivor Edition. She unofficially holds large numbers of “firsts” and “speed records” for two-toed people. She is a member of the American Alpine Club and volunteers each summer with Big City Mountaineers, taking groups of inner city high school girls on their first backpacking trips.
This brief overview will discuss general concepts that you need to know when using a map and compass. Learn about reading a map and learn about the three norths.
Scott Grotheer has more than 25 years of experience with rescue teams associated with the Mountain Rescue Association. He has more than 40 years wanderings around the woods of Colorado bringing him valuable personal experience in navigation and survival in the mountains. Scott has worked for the United States Geological Survey since 1995 in water quality assessment. He has enjoyed teaching map and compass to SAR folks and the public during his entire SAR career.
Get an overview of how these devices work, or don’t work, in the mountains.
Lynda Wacht has been a member of Alpine Rescue Team for nine years. She’s lived in Colorado for fifteen years and has extensive climbing experience and has climbed all over the world, including Switzerland, Italy, Tanzania and Nepal. She is also an ultra runner for seven years and has run in Europe, Reunion Island, Cuba and British Columbia. From a different perspective, she has also been rescued off a couple of peaks, including Longs Peak.
Learn the 10 essentials of survival and the most important, but often overlooked, “11th essential.”
Howard Paul is a 30-year member of Alpine and has participated in nearly 500 rescue missions. He is a past president of Colorado’s statewide SAR organization and a past director of the US’ national SAR association. As a media liaison for both and for Alpine, at the national, state and local level he deals with the news media on breaking news, long-duration SAR missions and public policy issues. Paul immensely enjoys teaching both the public and SAR colleagues and has taught at more than 20 national and state SAR and EMS conferences. He has received several national, state and team awards for his service in SAR.
2:30 – 3:00 – Introduction to Boy Scout SAR Merit Badge by Steve Wilson.
Learn about the process to obtain the Boy Scout Search and Rescue merit badge.
Steve Wilson is a 19 year veteran of Alpine Rescue Team. During that time, he has served as Equipment Director, Training Director and Public Information Officer and in many other ancillary roles. For the past five years he has been one of Alpine’s Mission Coordinators. When he is not participating in Alpine trainings and missions, he works as a materials engineer or is having a good time with wife, fellow Alpine member Dawn and their two awesome children Hunter and Evan.
Learn about the nuances of mountain weather versus “Denver” weather.
Meteorologist Chris Tomer forecasts weather for KDVR FOX-31 and KWGN Channel 2 in Denver. You can watch him on Channel 2’s Daybreak morning show Monday-Friday 5 AM to 9 AM. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Valparaiso University graduating cum laude with minors in mathematics and broadcasting. Tomer specializes in mountain meteorology. In his free time, Tomer climbs mountains, trail runs and snow skis. He has climbed all of Colorado’s 14ers and continues climbing them year-round by new routes. Tomer is also a private consulting meteorologist with his company Tomer Weather Solutions. He has forecast for more than 50 skiing and mountaineering teams around the world in the last 10 years with a 98% summit success rate. Some of the peaks include Everest, Gasherbrum 2, Shishapangma, Denali, Peak Lenin, Aconcagua, Point 11,300 and Mount Hunter. Tomer forecasts for ski areas around the world and is privately contracted by Onthesnow.com as lead forecaster. He is the bestselling co-author of Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys.
Learn the basics about transceiver use. What’s the difference between beacons and transceivers?
Dan Hamm has 14 years of service with Alpine Rescue Team in all areas of rescues, searches and avalanches. Specifically, five of those years Dan has participated on the elite Avalanche Deployment Team, which consists of specially trained members for avalanche detection, searches and recovery. Dan works monthly with Flight For Life, the helicopter ambulance service at St. Anthony Hospital and holds both Avy 1 and Avy 2 credentials.
Learn about avalanches, preparedness and having fun.
Longtime Alpine Rescue Team member Dale has more than 30 years of working with and around avalanches. He trains and works with avalanche professionals and mountain rescuers around the world. He has extensive avalanche knowledge and experience as a rescuer, forecaster, researcher, educator and technology developer while working in recreation, industry and government. Dale has served as vice president of the Avalanche Rescue Commission for the International Commission for Alpine Rescue and is a past president of the American Avalanche Association.
Alpine Rescue Team (ART) is dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and mountain safety education.
Our members are highly trained non-paid professional rescue-mountaineers
based in Evergreen. ART is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible.