Crag Rats

What happens when you get hurt in a place where ambulances can’t go?

Photo by Richard Hallman

Photo by Richard Hallman


On this episode, we have a guest story from the podcast Hear in the Gorge, about what happens when something goes terribly wrong in the outdoors.

You might think the individuals who get hurt or killed in the wilderness are mostly hardcore outdoorspeople — diehards who go to extremes and take excessive risks. But a lot of backcountry accidents happen to people who are just out for a quick day hike or camping trip.

Hear in the Gorge Host Sarah Fox brings us the story of an accident that happened to a 10-year-old boy in Oregon, and she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Crag Rats, the oldest mountain search and rescue team in the U.S. They’re the people who get called to save lives in places where ambulances can’t get to. And they’re all volunteers.

There was a big part of me that figured that help would come, just by knowing where my phone was at, or knowing where the parking lot was at.
— Kim Hancock

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