The Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU)
Since 2016, I've been a member of the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU), a volunteer wilderness search and rescue team specializing in difficult terrain, challenging weather, and high altitude missions. We're based in the San Francisco Bay Area and operate throughout California.
We're 62 climbers, mountaineers, backpackers, skiers and medical experts in bright red shirts, who can all tie a figure eight follow-through knot more easily than our shoelaces. We train monthly in skills used for wilderness search and rescue. BAMRU is one of about 22 nationally certified Type 1 mountain rescue teams in California.
I've written an insider's perspective on search and rescue, highlighting a search for a downed pilot. I've also written for Muse Magazine about kids who are search and rescue superstars.
If you want to learn more about BAMRU, visit BAMRU.org