The extreme environment of Grand Canyon is like no other on the planet, yet people from all over the world come to experience the unique and awesome adventure of hiking into Grand Canyon. Each year, tragically, some lives are lost and many rescues are performed – often to people who just did not understand their limitations in the rough environment of Grand Canyon.
What many people don’t hear about, is the amazing work of the Preventative Search and Rescue team who are there to help educate people about the extreme conditions and provide support to people who need help getting out of the canyon. The team is mostly comprised of an incredible group of volunteers who dedicate their time to talking to people – asking question like “Do you know how far your hike is and how much water you need? and “Do you know what the temperature is at Phantom Ranch?” When necessary, they will encourage and help people turn back if there is a question about their hike preparedness. Over 100,000 interactions like this a year result in 30,000 people who will alter their plan or behavior and 600 assists helping visitors to get out of the canyon safely.
Funding will provide
Valuable Advanced Life Support training to the volunteer base allowing the team to provide more medical support on site and reducing the need and wait for helicopter assistance.
New radios and communication system for PSAR volunteers
Improved and highly visible trailhead communication tools to inform unprepared visitors about extreme weather conditions and prevention measures.
two-year fundraising goal: $111,124
funds raised as of November 30, 2015: $62,020