Tacoma Mountain Rescue

Caduceus, PCSAR, TMRU

Tacoma Mountain Rescue is a high angle and technical terrain Search & Rescue (SAR) Unit.

TMR are expert volunteer SAR mountaineers, on call 24/7/365 for Police, Sheriff’s Departments and National Parks throughout Washington State.

As a charity we are funded by your donations for gear, gas and training. We can’t do this work without your help.

TMR is also a founding member of the North American Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and a pioneer in advanced life support (ALS) in the wilderness.

Mountain Rescue are the first call & last resort for help in the highest, most remote and most dangerous wilderness terrain. Our skilled team of volunteer mountaineers are regularly called on by the State Emergency Management Department to leave work & family to save lives 24/7/365.

TMR was founded in 1958 and is a founding member of the national Mountain Rescue Association which now represents over 95 teams across the United States and Canada.

TMR is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider that can give full scope medical care to patients in the backcountry. We have several emergency physicians and paramedics on the team. One of our ongoing projects is to build a network of wilderness trained physicians along the west coast of WA that can also provide mutual aid and improve our advanced medical coverage for all our missions. For more information and to sponsor this groundbreaking ALS program visit www.mountainmedicine.us.

TMR is a a 501(c)(3) registered charity and volunteer organization. We can only continue to do this work and save lives through your support for equipment, training & supplies.

Tacoma Mountain Rescue is a Charity.

TMR is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) charity with 0% admin costs.  Please donate online today or contact us about partnering and business sponsorship opportunities.  On behalf of the next lives saved – thank you!

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians

An amazing group responsible for much of our life-saving equipment, search vehicles, gear, and operational funding.

The Ben Cheney Foundation

A long time supporter of Tacoma Mountain Rescue, the foundation has provided funds for both of our Rescue trucks.

Puget Sound Energy

These guys do more than deliver gas and electricity, their assistance in getting a second truck allows us to deliver people to where we are needed.


Thanks to Boeing for their kind donations and support of Tacoma Mountain Rescue.

Outdoor Research

Thanks to Seattle based Outdoor Research for the great gear and great discounts you give TMR unit members.

Wet Coast

Thanks to Wet Coast Brewing Company who support TMR through events held at their wonderful Gig Harbor tasting rooms.

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As a charity, every year we struggle for funds for all the gear and stuff that keeps us ready to get to you on the mountain when you need us.

Tacoma Mountain Rescue News

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Part 3 of the busy weekender.

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Great work, as usual! Thanks to all mountain rescue folks.


Great job gang.

Third day of searching ended in a good result this morning. TMR working with Olympic National Park SAR and Olympic Mountain Rescue .

Third day of searching ended in a good result this morning. TMR working with Olympic National Park SAR and Olympic Mountain Rescue .Update 8/8/21: Cheri Keller has been located and search and rescue teams are working to bring her out of the park by helicopter and reunite her with her family. More details will be available this afternoon.

Search Continues for Missing Backpacker

The search continues today for a backpacker reported missing on August 5 in Olympic National Park. Cheri Keller is a 56-year-old female from Olympia, Washington and is 5’6” tall with gray hair. She was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants and blue trail running shoes with a blue backpack. She also had a yellow synthetic material t-shirt with her that she may be wearing. Keller was last seen by her backpacking group on August 4 around 11:30 am near Home Sweet Home camp where the group of five backpackers had stopped for water. Home Sweet Home is located 12 miles from the North Fork Skokomish Trailhead in the Staircase area of the park. Keller’s group had a wilderness permit for August 1-5 to hike from the Duckabush trailhead over to Staircase.

Keller was hiking on her own after the group left Home Sweet Home headed for Camp Pleasant where they intended to meet for lunch. The group waited for Keller at Camp Pleasant but she did not arrive. Members of the group hiked back to the location she was last seen but were unable to locate her. The group stayed in place at Camp Pleasant overnight. On Thursday morning, two members of the group hiked out 6.5 miles to the Staircase area and reported her missing to park dispatch around 10:00 am. The other members of the group hiked back to the area of First Divide and Home Sweet Home again to look for her but were unable to locate her.

Search and Rescue personnel hiked into the wilderness from Staircase on Thursday after Keller was reported missing. Two National Park Service (NPS) search teams were in the field Friday covering the route from the Duckabush side and from the Staircase side. An additional team from Olympic Mountain Rescue arrived late Friday afternoon and hiked in to Nine Stream to be in place for today’s search.

Today’s operation involved six search teams in the field made up of NPS personnel, Olympic Mountain Rescue, and Tacoma Mountain Rescue; trail containment involving NPS personnel and Mason County Search and Rescue; and assistance from Washington State Search and Rescue Planning Unit and North Cascades National Park. The teams have searched the area on the group’s itinerary from both the Duckabush Trailhead side and the North Fork Skokomish side from Staircase. This includes Upper Duckabush, Home Sweet Home, and First Divide as well as the Mount Hopper area and Marmot Lake area.

Any leads or potential sightings will be investigated. Aviation resources have not yet been an option due to the weather and low cloud ceiling.

If you were in the area of First Divide, Upper Duckabush, or Camp Pleasant on August 4 or August 5 or have any information regarding this individual, please call or text the NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Tip Line at 888-653-0009; or online at www.nps.gov/ISB by clicking "Submit a Tip" or by email at nps_isb@nps.gov. Information from other day hikers and backpackers is often extremely valuable during searches.

☎ CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009
💻 ONLINE form www.nps.gov/ISB > Submit a Tip
📧 EMAIL nps_isb@nps.gov
⚠ EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1


The photo of Keller was taken at the Duckabush Trailhead at the start of the backpacking trip on August 1.
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Good news, good on you all

Great work!

Busy weekend. This was Friday. Followed by 48 hours in Olympic National Park searching for a lost hiker. And this afternoon another mission is now spinning up ...

Busy weekend. This was Friday. Followed by 48 hours in Olympic National Park searching for a lost hiker. And this afternoon another mission is now spinning up ... ... See MoreSee Less

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That's one lucky hiker. So grateful to our SAR agencies. Great work again!

Thank you TMR for your help on the ONP mission!

Job well done!

thank you!

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