Routt County Search and Rescue was officially incorporated in 1968.
We are a group of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We can be called anytime day or night, 7 days a week, and in any type of weather.
RCSAR started years ago with a small group of guys who would be called by their friends to come and help them get unstuck in the backcountry when they were snowmobiling. After several years of this they decided to make an official group of members who would meet and train in other aspects of the backcountry to help not only their friends but others who might need their assistance. The concept of helping strangers as though they were friends is the same concept that drives today's official RCSAR team
RCSAR is a member of the MRA which means we are tested in 5 different special areas of rescues and search every 5 years.
Our team is made up of unpaid volunteers who love the backcountry. Special skills are not required to become a member; we meet and train our members twice a month and also have a ropes group that trains once a month. The only requirement to join is your time commitment and enjoyment of the backcountry and things like hiking, skiing, snowshowing, ATV, and snowmobile riding.
RCSAR is sent out on rescues for injured or ill recreationalists. We are also called on searches for people who are completely lost, or for those who have become disoriented and just need some help and directions to get back to their car.
RCSAR is very motorized with a fleet of 8 ATV's and 8 snowmobiles. We can also use a wheeled litter to carry injured or ill recreationalists out should we be called to an area that we can't access with machines due to the terrain, or areas that motorized vehicles are not allowed, such as Wilderness areas.
The average mission takes 5 – 8hrs to complete from the time the page goes off to the time we are back at the barn and all equipment is put back and ready for the next mission.
14-055; Oct 13/14 – an 18 year old hunter had gotten separated from his father and now found himself wet and cold from falling in the creek earlier, in rough, steep terrain covered with 5 inches of snow and the temperatures dropping it was 10:25pm). He had texted his father that he need help and to call SAR. At 1:00am a team of 2 rode ATV’s for about 1.57 miles to the end of FS 296 and then had to negotiate another 1.5 miles of wet, muddy, snowy, rough terrain to finally reach the subject at 5:00am. The subject had been able to start a small fire but our team made it a bit larger and warmed and dried out a bit before the sunrise and at 7:00am started their long trek back out. This too was a long, cold and tiring mission of 12 hours from first page to equipment put away for the next call.
See article from the Steamboat Today and photos