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Out of a field of over 40 nominations, four finalist teams have been selected based on a 2021 rescue that demonstrated unbelievable skill, passion, and dedication.

Nearly 5,000 voters weighed in on where we should donate the $25,000 Search & Rescue Award funding, and Ouray Mountain Rescue came out on top! All four finalists received a cut of the funding, but this Colorado-based volunteer rescue team took home this year's top prize.

Congratulations to all of our finalists. Each of these teams do incredible work for their communities, and we can't thank them enough for sharing their stories and being there for adventurers in need.

Meet the Finalists

finalist image Ouray Mountain Rescue

Against the Odds: Overnight Rescue in the San Juans
On July 30th, 2021, through landslides, lightning, and 2 inches of hail, Ouray Mountain Rescue volunteers prove that saving a life on Mount Sneffels takes a village.

finalist image LVMPD Search & Rescue

Rolling the Dice in Vegas: 200-Foot Simul-Climbing Fall
On October 20, 2021, Joe Walton fell while simul-climbing the multipitch classic Epinephrine, leaving rescuers with a complex—and almost miraculous—situation on their hands.

finalist image Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue

Tiptoeing Around Avalanches: Rescue in 10 Feet of Snow
On January 28, 2021, the Tahoe Nordic SAR Team was called in to rescue a lost snowboarder amid some of the most perilous avalanche conditions the area had ever seen.

finalist image Larimer County Search & Rescue

All Hands on Deck: Open Spinal Fracture, Poudre Canyon
When a climber fell 30 feet and fractured his spine on July 19, 2021, Larimer County Search and Rescue pulled out all the stops to save him.

This award is funded by the Rocky Talkie Pledge where we donate $2 / radio to SAR teams. Like good communication, these volunteer teams provide critical peace of mind in the backcountry.