With over 200,000 rock climbers and other mountain recreationists visiting the Gunks annually, some get into difficulties and the Preserve Ranger team is highly skilled at assisting. The combination of practical experience and advanced training has resulted in the Preserve becoming a hub of Mountain Search and Rescue (S.A.R.) and wilderness first aid training.
Mountain S.A.R. is an interdisciplinary set of skills involving pre-hospital care, understanding of search management, and rescue skills that can be applied in a variety of environments, including very steep terrain. Particularly for rock climbers, knowledge of some or all of these skill sets is important. There is also a large community of individuals who work or volunteer in other aspects of S.A.R. who can benefit from experience and training in these skills.
Banner photo by Christy Belardo