Quite an article discussing rescuing climbers in the mountains; mostly dealing with the mountains in the northwest US. It discusses the best types of mobile communication devices, risk management and the best equipment to take for safety. Here are some of the common perceptions that they address (I removed the details – read the full article):
- Perception: Climbers account for a large number of SAR missions.
- Perception: Charging climbers for rescues will increase public safety.
- Perception: Charging climbers for rescues will save taxpayers a lot of money.
National Guard helicopter raises a critically injured victim on Mount Hood. Photo © Portland Mountain Rescue.
- Perception: Climbers use mobile communication devices to call for rescues.
- Perception: Signaling devices would have saved lives in the 2006 and 2009 accidents on Mount Hood.
Reality: Probably false.
- Perception: Increased use of cell phones and other devices will lead to more false alarms and increased risks to rescuers.
Reality: True and false.