About Us

Our Mission

Chelan County Mountain Rescue is an all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to rescue ill or injured backcountry travellers from Chelan County's beautiful central Cascade Mountains. The Chelan County Sheriff's Office is legally mandated to come to the aid and rescue of those in need in the backcountry, however like many regions of the U.S., law enforcement cannot be expected to provide emergency medical care in the backcountry, navigate complex mountain terrain and objective hazards in all seasons, or undertake technical rock or ice rescue. Chelan County Mountain Rescue fills this gap providing personnel for technical mountain rescues beyond the capacity of the Sheriff's staff and ground local search and rescue.

Who We Are

We are comprised of climbers, backcountry skiers, hikers, and medical professionals with a passion for our local mountains and experience navigating them. We work in conjunction with and under the direction of the Chelan County Sheriff's Office and the Chelan County Emergency Management, including Sheriff Burnett, Kent Sisson and his deputies.

We differ from most search and rescue organizations in that we are willing to provide pre-hospital emergency care to the best of our abilities. In the past we have been less involved with "search" than with "rescue" of backcountry travellers.

We meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at the home of Shawn Ballard located at 38 19th Street NW, in East Wenatchee, WA. We include training in most meetings. We also schedule training events in the field during which we practice such skills as technical rock rescue, navigating avalanche terrain, patient packaging and evacuation, and team communication. We train with the Sheriff's High Angle Rope Rescue Team (HARRT) and with Chelan County Volunteer Search & Rescue as opportunities arise.

Since we are all volunteers with no paid staff, it sometimes becomes difficult to find all the necessary rescuers for an emergency. We would very much like to expand our membership! We can always use the help of volunteers who are good rock climbers or who are medical professionals and have mountain skills.

We currently have over 30 members and are governed by a board of directors.