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TMR – the Pioneering Advanced Life Support Mountain Rescue Unit

The work of Dr Ben Constance has meant TMR is now a classified ALS provider. Bringing full scope medical care to our patients in high angle and technical terrain in the Washington wilderness. We have 4 emergency physicians and paramedics working with TMRU, and another with Olympic Mountain Rescue. The goal is to have 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 program visit www.mountainmedicine.us.

Tacoma Mountain Rescue is a Charity.

Because TMR is a 100% volunteer 503(c) charity with 0% admin costs we need just $20,000 per year to operate; providing search, rescue & recovery from Mt Adams to Mt Baker and mountain safety education throughout Washington State.

But to keep Tacoma Mountain Rescue running we do need $20,000 – so we need you!  Please donate online today or contact us about business sponsorship.  On behalf of the next lives saved – thank you!

Target: $20,000 per year! 2.5% Raised so far. Please donate today!

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.

Boeing

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.

TMR Latest News & Posts

New Search and Rescue drones save lives. Tacoma Mountain Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of the lost & injured throughout Washington State’s vast Wilderness. TMR work from Mt Adams in the South to Mt Baker in the North. Today, we’re asking for your help. www.gofundme.com/tacomamountainrescueWhen it comes to search and rescue missions, time is scarce and mistakes cannot be afforded. Especially in countries like Iceland where weather conditions ar... ... See MoreSee Less

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Northwest Avalanche Center
Professional Observation: February 17, 2019: Crystal Backcountry: Dallas Glass - * PART 2*

Today we were out tracking the persistent weak we’ve been discussing in several of our recent avalanche forecast. When layers like this get buried deeply, like they are in the Crystal area, you may not see obvious signs of instability such as collapsing, whumphs, and shooting cracks. It’s times like this where snow profiles and snowpack tests can be one of our only tools to monitor and track old, weak snow. Today we chose to dig in a low angle meadow on a similar aspect and elevation as a recent natural avalanche. We found a layer of buried sugary facet below our recent snow. (In the Crystal area, this is typically 3-5 feet deep) At these depth our normal compression tests and extended column tests may not produce results. In times like theses, we can use other tools like deep tap tests (video), propagation saw tests, and snowpack yellow flags to track this layer. Remember, snowpits can highlight persistent weak layers, but they can not prove their absences. If you dig, take the time to let us know what you find. #cascadewestsouth

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20 hours ago

Tacoma Mountain Rescue Unit

Northwest Avalanche Center
Professional Observation: February 17, 2019: Crystal Backcountry: Dallas Glass - * PART 1*

Today we were out tracking the persistent weak we’ve been discussing in several of our recent avalanche forecast. When layers like this get buried deeply, like they are in the Crystal area, you may not see obvious signs of instability such as collapsing, whumphs, and shooting cracks. It’s times like this where snow profiles and snowpack tests can be one of our only tools to monitor and track old, weak snow. Today we chose to dig in a low angle meadow on a similar aspect and elevation as a recent natural avalanche. We found a layer of buried sugary facet below our recent snow. (In the Crystal area, this is typically 3-5 feet deep) At these depth our normal compression tests and extended column tests may not produce results. In times like theses, we can use other tools like deep tap tests (video), propagation saw tests, and snowpack yellow flags to track this layer. Remember, snowpits can highlight persistent weak layers, but they can not prove their absences. If you dig, take the time to let us know what you find. #cascadewestsouth

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