What is all the construction going on at our "Shack" and "Shed?" Ground has been broken for the new Colorado Mountain Rescue History Center, nestled in between our two buildings at El Rancho! Please read more from the Colorado Search and Rescue Board:
Colorado Mountain Rescue History Center Breaking Ground!
Colorado is synonymous with mountains and thus has a rich history of mountain rescue. In 2011, the Colorado SAR community assisted the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colorado with a “Mountain Rescue” exhibit that showcased the incredible dedication and service of the 2000 non-paid professional mountain rescuers in Colorado. It was because of this exhibit that the vision of a facility dedicated to mountain rescue was born: the Colorado Mountain Rescue History Center.
We are proud to announce today that the construction of this new facility has begun.
“This one-of-a-kind History Center will become a focal point for both the search and rescue community and the public. Rescuers will now have a gathering place to learn about and maintain our unique culture; and the public will gain access to the long and rich history of these brave and innovative rescuers who selflessly work for those lost or injured in our mountains” said Jeff Sparhawk, president of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board, Inc.
Knowing and understanding the past are powerful tools for shaping the future. In 2013 the Alpine Rescue Team started the process to create and raise money to build this new facility that will serve as a document archival, museum, and education center to benefit Colorado mountain rescuers and mountain visitors.
Wes Brown, past-president of Alpine Rescue Team, said, “The Center gives the mountain rescue community a place to archive our past so we can be smarter and safer tomorrow. Increasing our ability to anticipate the movements of subjects in the field through study of past mission reports and records may save lives.”
We would like to give a special thank you to the organizations, foundations and individuals that have been major supporters of this effort:
• Alpine Rescue Team
• Colorado Search and Rescue Board
• Other Colorado SAR Teams
• GR Foundation
• Colorado Trust
• Gates Family Foundation
• Anschutz Foundation
• Boettcher Foundation
• El Pomar Foundation
• Private Individuals
We would like to thank local Evergreen General Contractor, John Orlando, for managing this significant project.
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