LRSAR receives support from trio of NH non profits

Lakes Region Search and Rescue has recently received support from 3 different NH non-profits operating in the outdoor recreation space. Beyond the actual financial support, it’s encouraging to see this level of cooperation and mutual support among non-profits with intersecting missions. This type of cooperation speaks volumes about the strength and impact of outdoor recreation in the state along with the supportive community oriented mentality that those inhabiting that space promote.

As mentioned in a previous post, LRSAR received a grant to purchase a team litter through the New Hampshire Outdoor Council. As with most outdoor items right now, this litter was initially on backorder and was finally delivered this month. The Team was able to putt the litter to use last week for our annual spring training.

You can learn more about the NHOC, here

More recently, the team received a donation of $500 from the Belknap Range Trail Tenders. BRATTS, as they are affectionally called, is the primary organization responsible for the extensive network of hiking trails in the Belknap Range which is squarely in the middle of our area of response. Along with maintaining trails, the trail tenders also foster landowner relationships to secure and preserve access and promote recreation on Belknap Range trails through their redline patch program. This donation will be used to further outfit the team and increase team capabilities that will directly benefit hikers who enjoy the Belknap Range.

You can learn more about BRATTS, here

Finally, the Wonalancet Outdoor Club has donated 50 of their detailed Squam Range Maps for team member use for SAR purposes. The WODC has a long and storied history of trail building and maintenance as well as promotion of responsible outdoor recreation in the Sandwich Range. Beyond being a key navigational tool, their newly revised trail map shows incredible detail of the numerous peaks, trails and natural wonders to be explored in the Wonalancet area.

You can purchase this map for yourself and learn more about the WODC, here

The outdoor recreation opportunities that New Hampshire has to offer are largely the result of volunteers, advocates and non-profits who have made the effort to open and preserve land, build trails and educate the public, going all the way back to the founding of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and their work towards creating the White Mountain National Forest. The NHOC, WODC and BRATT’s are perfect examples of the organizations that currently operate in that space. As a newer organization, LRSAR is excited to join them as a peer organization and to share mutual support towards overlapping missions and goals in service of our local mountain communities. Thanks to all 3 of these organizations for all of the work they do as well as their recent direct support of our work!

Lakes Region SAR receives grant for litter purchase

Lakes Region SAR is excited to have received a grant to purchase a 2 piece titanium rescue litter and adjustable litter handle system from Cascade Rescue Company. This litter will be stored in Holderness with easy access to the major routes leading to the multiple mountain ranges in our area of operation.

Cascade Rescue Advance Series Model 200 Rescue Litter

Funding was made possible by the New Hampshire Outdoor Council (NHOC). The NHOC is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1986. It supports backcountry safety education and backcountry search and rescue in New Hampshire. Among its activities are funding assistance for the hikeSafe educational efforts of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and White Mountain National Forest and the provision of grants for training and equipment of search and rescue teams. More information about the council is available at www.nhoutdoorcouncil.org.

Litter handle system

Lakes Region SAR adds Winter Team

The Lakes Region Search and Rescue team is excited to roll out a specialized winter sub-team. Winter SAR in NH provides unique challenges that demands specific skill sets. The goal for this team is that each member is capable of responding to call outs at any time, in any conditions on terrain below tree line with the exception of 5th class and avalanche terrain. Members of this sub-team come from the roster of active 3-season team members. A handful are on other SAR teams winter teams, and many have specialized backgrounds in winter guiding and trip leading.

The team roster is currently 13 members strong with shakedown hikes ongoing. These hikes are intended to be representative of the more extreme challenges team members might face on a mission. They take place on objectives representative of the larger mountains in our area of response with night time travel, bushwhacking and icy trail conditions. The pictures below are from one such “Shakedown” held on Mount Flume