SARstories News is our blog for all things Search & Rescue: interesting mission reports and articles, featured SAR teams and new items on the website, upcoming conferences, gear reviews, and anything else that piques our interest and we hope will pique yours.

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Search & Rescue Articles

by Deb Lauman

Becoming a Search & Rescue Volunteer : What SAR is all about and how to get involved, as well as interesting SAR news stories


Rock Rescue Academy Part 1: Learning to Rappel

Rock Rescue Academy Part 2: Learning to Ascend & Rig Anchors

Rock Rescue Academy Part 3: Raising Systems

Rock Rescue Academy Part 4: Learning to Belay

Outfitting for Technical Rescue: The gear I'm using

Ropes That Rescue Rigging Class Photos: Sedona, Arizona

Ropes That Rescue: Arizona Vortex Rigging Class


Alternative Navigation: Land navigation without a compass or GPS

Basic Map & Compass 

How To Use A GPS: The Basics and Background

How To Use A GPS: Coordinate Systems & Datums

How To Use A GPS: Waypoints & Go-Tos

How To Use A GPS: Tracks & Routes


Man-Tracking 101: How to Find and Follow Tracks for Search & Rescue

SARpack: Search & Rescue Gear

The Ten Essentials for Backcountry Travel 

The Use and Misuse of the SPOT Satellite Messenger


Wilderness Survival & Rescue Reading: Recommended SAR-related books

SAR City: A Search & Rescue Conference in Barstow, California

Hikers from the United States Missing in Foreign Countries

Listen to Live Radio Communications Online: Find out about SAR missions in the works even before getting called out.