The 2016 MRA Spring Conference was held in Port Angeles, WA, hosted by Olympic Mountain Rescue team. Several members from the California Region teams attended. The pre-conference included a climb of Mt. Deception which is the second highest peak in the Olympic Mountains and wilderness aircraft rescue and extrication course. The main conference included two days of classroom and field sessions on a variety of search and rescue topics. The field sessions were held at Salt Creek Recreation Area and Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
Representatives from 17 teams from throughout the Caifornia Region to discuss search operations and region matters. There was a northern site hosted by Douglas SAR and a southern site hosted by Santa Clarita SAR. Thanks to the US Forest Service and AMS Fullfilment for providing meeting facilities.
Twenty teams of the California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association treked Mammoth Mountain to conduct it's Snow and Ice reaccreditation test. The event was hosted by Inyo County Search and Rescue. The teams hiked out to the Mineret Summit where they demonstrated their ability to perform technical rescue and evacuation in the snow. Team also had to demonstrate their avalanche search techniques.
See photos from the reaccreditation test here
The MRA held a two-day business meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Representatives from MRA teams from throughout the country met to take care of business, manage the finances, determine the future direction, and to get some good skiing. The California Region was well represented at the meeting.