Western’s Mountain Rescue Team Conducts Rescues in Colorado Flooding
By Brian Barker - GUNNISON, CO – Western State Colorado University’s Mountain Rescue Team is in Boulder County this week assisting with rescue efforts after extensive flooding struck Colorado’s Front Range.
Five members of the Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) are assisting the Boulder County Mountain Rescue Team as they work to reach stranded residents in the canyons above Boulder. Sunday, Western’s team set up a Tyrolean traverse rope system and helped move stranded residents to safety in the Jamestown area.
Western’s team members in Boulder include 3 current Western students and 2 Western graduates. They were deployed to the flooded area Friday.
The university’s Mountain Rescue Team was founded in 1973 by the men and women of Western State College and has since participated in countless search and rescue missions both in and out of Gunnison County.
In 1987, the team became the first collegiate-based mountain rescue team certified by the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and remains certified to this day. The WSCU Mountain Rescue Team is also a member of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board.
Ninety percent of the team members are students or alum while the rest are members of the Gunnison community. The thousands of volunteer hours the team provides result in a high quality and much needed service which is provided without cost to the victim, victims family, or to the taxpayer, and is usually accomplished without fanfare or public recognition.