Playing for Real: Stories from Rocky Mountain Rescue
By Mark Scott-Nash
An engaging introduction to the oldest mountain rescue team in the country.
• Gripping tales of tragedy and triumph in the mountains.
• Rescue stories through the eyes of a team member.
• Proceeds from the book go to support Rocky Mountain Rescue.
Pagers go off all over Boulder and programmers, grad students, accountants, men and women from all walks of life drop what they are doing, grab their rescue gear and head for the hills. Someone is in deep trouble in the mountains and the members of Rocky Mountain Rescue are responding to try to save a life.
Playing for Real describes what goes through a rescuer's head from the excitement of the initial ring of the pager to searching for and finding victims. The rescuer will share with you the challenges of stabilizing and preparing a critically injured victim for evacuation, moving the victim to emergency vehicles, sometimes down hundreds of feet of rock wall, and often dealing with death in remote, difficult terrain.
These rescues range from the stabilization and evacuation of a critically injured climber from a cliff to searching for a missing airplane in a Wilderness Area to probing avalanche debris for a victim in the backcountry. Interspersed with the rescues are highlights of history of Rocky Mountain Rescue.
Playing for Real is an evocation of the mountain rescue experience, a history of one of the finest mountain rescue groups in the country and a celebration of 60 years of saving lives in the backcountry. Royalties from the sale of the book go directly to support the continuing operations of Rocky Mountain Rescue.
MARK SCOTT-NASH is a Colorado native and resident of Boulder who has been climbing and mountaineering for 20 years and a member of Rocky Mountain Rescue for eight years.
176 pages, 5½ X 8½, 20 photos and illustrations, paperbound, $11.95, ISBN 978-0-9760525-6-2