The AMS Mountain Shop saw lots of action this weekend, while it snowed like crazy.
Daniel Hourihan, owner of Element Training Group, Eagle River, Alaska lead a course entitled: Planning Section Chief: Search and Rescue. The three day course was held at AMS' Mountain Shop in Talkeetna and included 21 participants from the National Park Service, Alaska National Guard PJ's, Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage Police Department, and the Matanuska-Susitna Bureau.
It was impressive to see the sophistication in the mechanisms involved in conducting large scale rescues involving multiple government agencies. The degree of professionalism would give any victim confidence that everything possible is being done. Dan was involved in the search for Karen McNiell and Sue Nott on Mt. Foraker in 2006 and Yuto Inoue and Tatsuro Yamada on Denali's Cassin Ridge last year.