All search crews have gone home Wednesday afternoon after searching for a hiker who went missing over the weekend. Crews on scene tell CBS 2 that unless there is a dramatic change in the weather, they won't be searching. "Rain, snow and visibility limitations made the search efforts challenging and....
If you haven't already, you need to check the cabins on the 275 road south of shingle creek. Many cabins, out buildings trailers...
Its cold and frustrating. These fine men and women give it their all even when the weather is against your efforts
My husband and a neighbor went up and checked those cabins, they didnt find any sign of anything.
I appreciate what you guys have done. I haven't stopped thinking about him. I stopped and offered to help but you have a system and had all the help you needed at that time. We are going to hike that area this weekend when the trails freeze. Thank you for all you do!!
Treacherous weather forced crews to temporarily suspend the search for a missing 27-year-old Boise man Tuesday night. The search will continue Wednesday morning, but this time with only a small number of highly skilled searchers who are equipped to brave the cold. According to the Ada County Sheriff...
On Tuesday we were contacted by a Papa John's Pizza and asked if we would like some pizza. Well, who is going to say no to pizza? They delivered a large stack of different types of pizzas to our command center, to the joy of our searchers. Sorry this thank you took a while the information has been slowly circling IMSARU. ... See MoreSee Less
2nd long day of searching, night has fallen and it has started snowing on the mountain. Our teams are still out in the field making their way back to the command center. Thanks to Dutch Bros Coffee, our searchers have something hot and delicious to look forward to. And thank you Abigail at CBS 2 Boise for making this happen. ... See MoreSee Less
KTVB contacted IMSARU on backcountry survival, what you should do before you leave, what you should pack, and what should you do if you find yourself stranded in the backcountry. Our own vice-president goes through his pack explaining what you should take and why. ... See MoreSee Less
IMSARU is a founding member of the Mountain Rescue Association back in 1959, and we have been a member ever since. This is a short video that was just created showing who Mountain Rescue is.The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) was established in 1959 at Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon making us the oldest Search and Rescue Association in... ... See MoreSee Less
Every month we train on a different subject, this month was avalanche training. A large part of safety in the wilderness is prevention. We covered getting snow reports and how to read snow and terrain conditions with a large focus on how to prevent triggering an avalanche. We then had a day of field training. We went over how to use an avalanche beacon, probes, and shovel. We practiced companion rescue, patient packaging, as well as responding to large events. We went over types of snow and how to perform a Propagation Saw Test (PST). This was also a great opportunity for our members to test their snow gear. It was a beautiful day in the mountains with a record turnout from our members. ... See MoreSee Less
Payette Brewing Company is hosting its Kegs 4 Kause event night for the Idaho Mount Search and Rescue Unit going from 5pm to 10pm on Monday May 28. 50% of proceeds from beer sales in the Tap Room are donated to IMSARU. So come down, have a drink, and support IMSARU! ... See MoreSee Less
Missions! We have had a number of missions in the last few weeks, and we were already behind in posting about missions IMSARU was involved with. To remedy this, we will be posting mission summaries starting with the most recent and moving backwards.
May 12 2018, IMSARU was notified that a trail runner had fallen in the Boise foothills and had suffered a severe ankle injury; the subject was still able to walk and was slowly heading back to their vehicle. The subject's vehicle was found, and a hasty team arrived on scene. Two members were sent down the trail to determine the condition of the subject and evaluate the best course of action. The subject expressed a wish to not be put into a litter, they preferred to have their foot wrapped and believed that with additional support they could finish walking to their vehicle. The subject's ankle was taped, and they were given trekking poles to assist in walking. Meanwhile, three more members of the rescue team arrived to assist. The subject was able to walk back to their vehicle under their own power, and was able to drive themselves to the hospital. The subject later informed IMSARU that they had suffered a break in one of their leg bones.
While the rescue team was putting away gear, they were approached by a mountain biker that had fallen and was complaining of pain.The new patient was assessed and treated. ... See MoreSee Less
This is our original members and the old Willy's that they got with a blown engine. The put a Studebaker V-8 into it. Technology has advanced since then, as has our vehicles.
If you are interested in joining the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit (IMSARU) or thinking about joining IMSARU, Please come down and join us at our prospective member orientation this Thursday May 17th at 6:30 p.m. here at our compound (2519 S Federal Way). You will get information on what our training is like, what we expect from members, and find out if joining IMSARU is a right fit for you. ... See MoreSee Less
Are there tentative dates yet for the academy? I'm trying to see if I can potentially make any of them in June before submitting an application or to see if I need to wait until the fall. Thank you.
Had a minor emergency this evening and I didn't make it to the meeting... are you planning another one soon?
I plan to attend, see you there!
It seems that your website is down at the moment. www.imsaru.org
I plan on being there... but I might be a few minutes late.
A big thank you to our emergency, safety and medical service providers- Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue Unit, Ada County Paramedics, East Boise County Ambulance District, Boise Police Department, Boise County Sheriff, Signal 88 Security - Boise, Boise Motor Escort, US Army Corp of Engineers, Ada County Highway District (ACHD), and ham operators from Valley Wide React. ... See MoreSee Less
The Exchange Club of Caldwell, Idaho, representing the Greater Treasure Valley of Idaho, presented our unit with the Outstanding Volunteer Group for the year 2017. We are pleased and humbled at being honored in such a fashion. We are truly a very professional organization of over 90 volunteers that work hard in training and actual missions. We give up a greater amount of our free time, with friends and family, in order to provide a needed lifesaving service to the people of Idaho and the six surrounding states. As the largest independent SAR unit in Idaho, we can supplement any of the Sheriff's SAR units in Idaho on a moments notice. We are available to any city, county, state, or federal agency that can utilize our assets for their benefit. We have, for over 57 years, never charged a penny for our services. A real bargain in today's commercial climate. ... See MoreSee Less
On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2149 hrs. we received a notification of a call-out for two missing hunters and their father. We were told to meet at the Compound at 0600 hrs., and dogs and ATV’s were requested.
Twenty-three members consisting of 4 dog handlers, 4 ATV’s and 15 additional ground pounders met at the Compound at 0600 hrs. for a briefing and assignments. We were assigned to unit vehicles (901 & 902) and POV’s and we all left for Idaho City and were to reassemble at the Boise County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).
At the Sheriffs office, we were told that the father had dropped off his two sons, aged 20 and 23 just below the Thorn Creek Butte Lookout on the Bald Mountain Road. The two hunters were going to work around the mountain in the Cottonwood Creek drainage and meet him back at the truck on Bald Mountain. They had not checked the weather forecast, and an anticipated winter storm moved into the area in the mid-afternoon and started snowing at about the 5000 foot level. The father was parked on the Bald Mountain Road at about 7400 feet. He waited all day and into the darkening night and then realized that he was not comfortable in trying to drive down the steep, narrow road that is now snow and ice covered with about 18 inches of snowfall on it. He called 911 and told them his predicament. A BCSO deputy attempted to locate the stranded subject, but was not able to push through the heavy downfall of snow with his lighter patrol vehicle and was forced to turn around. At this point Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit (IMSARU) was contacted for assistance, and the call-out was initiated.
The IMSARU caravan started up the Pine Creek Road (NF-304 which turns into the Thorn Creek Butte Rd at about the 18 mile post) and at about the 10-mile marker, the road turned into a deep rutted, muddy mess. Not knowing the forward condition of the road, it was determined to make this location the base camp and proceed further with the ATV’s. Two ATV’s with a driver and an additional spotter were dispatched to try and get up to the Thorn Creek Butte Lookout where the subject was believed to be in the vicinity (he told dispatch that he could see a tower of some kind from his location). At the 23-mile marker, on the summit, NF-304 ends and NF-203, the Bald Mountain Road, starts. The ATV’s continued up 203 and passed the Bald Mountain Campground where they could see where the BCSO deputy had turned around. They continued up the wilderness road that now was steep and narrow all the way to the Thorn Creek Butte Lookout without finding the vehicle. They returned to the Bald Mountain Campground where they had radio contact with base camp and found out that the subject had been on an off shoot of the Bald Mountain Road and heard the ATV’s and would try and drive to the junction of the Lookout road. The Searchers drove back up the road toward the lookout and came on the subject in his vehicle. The subject was very concerned on the condition of the road and the amount of snow that he would have to converse. He was reluctant to drive down the road due to safety concerns and his unfamiliarity with mountain snow driving. After some discussion with the Searchers, he realized that if he did not drive off the mountain, his vehicle might very well be stuck up there until spring. With one ATV in front and one in the rear, they slowly traveled down the steep, switchback, logging road back to the campground and then back to the base camp.
With the father and his truck rescued, it was time to concentrate on the two hunters. Boise County Dispatch had cell contact with them and they had moved down the mountain trying to get below the snow line but had no idea where they were. A cell tower triangulation was done and we were given the last known position (LKP) UTM coordinates. It is known that in the mountains the signal can “bounce” off of hillsides, so it was not known how accurate the coordinates would be. The O.L. sent one team to move up the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead from the bottom and one team to start at the top of the Thorn Creek Butte area and move down toward the LKP. Team 1 consisting of three ATV’s transported Team 2, made up of three Search Technicians, to the end of NF-203P which is ¾ of a mile past where the father was found with his truck. The three ATV’s stayed at that location to act as a repeater between the base camp and the Trailhead vehicle at the bottom of the mountain. The O.L. sent 901 and a number of POV’s (the dog teams) down to the Cottonwood Trailhead, which was a 2-hour drive from the base camp. They sent up Team 5 consisting of 6 Search Technicians up the Cottonwood Trail toward the LKP coordinates obtained earlier.
Team 2 reached the LKP coordinates and there was no subject contact. They started looking for clues of possible travel direction when Team 5 indicated that they had made contact with the subjects across a large gully. They traversed the terrain and made physical contact with the subjects. After a medical assessment was performed it was determined that the subjects were in very good condition and that they preferred to travel back down 3 hours to the trailhead with Team 5 rather than make contact with Team 2 and hike 2 hours back to the Bald Mountain Road.
It was determined that Team 2 and the LKP was actually ¾ of a mile up hill from where the subjects were located. Team 2 returned to the Bald Mountain Extraction point in a little over 2 hours and traveled with the ATV Team back to the base camp. It took Team 5 three hours to return to the vehicles at the Cottonwood Trailhead and then another hour back to Spring Shores Marina where the family was reunited with the subjects.
Base Camp was broken down after all ATV’s were safely loaded on their trailers and all personnel traveled back to the Compound. Overall mission time was 15 hours and we must have transported at least a ton of mud back with us. ... See MoreSee Less
Mission today, October 29th. Mom and two young sons left in family truck for camp and never made it. It appears that they went the wrong way on Deadwood Road from the summit. Pictures are of the base station at the Deadwood Road Summit. 902 (team 2) traveled up the lookout road and two ATV's traveled down the snow and ice covered road toward Deadwood Reservoir. Five miles down the road the ATV's came upon a good Samaritan that had come on the family stuck in a snow drift. They had gotten her out and were breaking a track for them to get back to the summit. We could not raise base to let them know our location and that we had made contact with the subjects, but Team 2 on the lookout road could hear us and relayed all information to base. Believe it or not, Rod at the compound could hear team 2 and also recorded the location coordinates that we provided. That is one long shot from team 2 to the Compound. The base was at 7456 feet, so team 2 must have been around 8000 feet elevation. The good Samaritan also put on two of his tire chains on the stuck subject vehicle to get them moving on the ice covered packed snow on the road. They were super large because he had a one ton flatbed dually Dodge and she had grocery getter tires on her 2500 Dodge. We got her to the Base Camp, fed them and got them some warm drinks, then escorted them down the mountain to our point of ATV unload. She had used most of her fuel during the night keeping them warm, so we gave her 10 gals to get her back to her base camp. All's well that end's well. ... See MoreSee Less