SAR releases mid-year rescue report

JACKSON, WY — Just six months into 2019, Teton County Search and Rescue has already executed more than 40 rescues.

That’s according to the 2019 Mid-Season Rescue Report, which dropped this week. The report details each and every rescue performed Search and Rescue performed from December 2018 through April 2019.

Some interesting takeaways:

By gender, the number of winter rescues in 2019 is identical to the winter 10-year average: 84% of incidents were males, while just 16% were females.

2019 actually saw fewer backcountry ski and snowboard incidents, proportionally, than the 10-year average. Half of 2019’s winter incidents were backcountry skiing and snowboarding, compared to the 61% 10-year average.

The most dangerous place to recreate was Togwotee Pass, where SAR responded to 14 incidents, followed closely by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort backcountry where SAR responded to 11 incidents. The most dangerous day of the week? Friday.

Perhaps the happiest statistic shows that 2019 saw the fewest winter fatalities (three) than any of the previous five years.

“You will see in the rescue summaries that follow that having the proper equipment and training as well as critical resoucres such as the helicopter are vital to the success of our rescues,” TCSAR Foundation President Ned Janotta writes in the report. “Please remember to be prepared, practiced, and present for all your adventures, and stay in touch at www.tetoncountysar.org and www.backcountryzero.com.”

Read the full report here.

2019 MID-SEASON RESCUE REPORT

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