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Global Rescue: Evacuation Stories From the Vault

Posted on: June 11th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Chris Warner on Makalu

Chris Warner on the historic attempt of the South Face of Makalu. Image courtesy of

One of the most important services your pooled dues help fund is the Global Rescue service available to every member of the AAC. Immediately upon joining, members are enrolled in a Trailhead Rescue membership that provides $5,000 of coverage for any evacuation/rescue costs. Since the AAC formed a relationship with Global Rescue in 2008, many AAC climbers have needed and used the service and made it home with quite the stories to tell.

Global Rescue does a great job of posting details of each rescue shortly after it is resolved, so we want to pass them your way. These are your dollars in action, taking care of your fellow climbers. Check out a few of them below, and read more at the GR blog, RescueWire.  And as always, send feedback about the service to the AAC office.

Steve House is Evacuated by Global Rescue After Falling 80 Feet

Steve House, one of the world’s most accomplished alpine climbers, took an 80-foot fall in the Canadian Rockies that left him with multiple life-threatening traumatic injuries. House was medically evacuated from Calgary to Oregon by Global Rescue. Read more here.

Climber Chris Warner Rescued Off of Makalu’s South Face

Global Rescue received a call from base camp in Makalu, Nepal, alerting operations teams that Chris Warner was suffering from increased shortness of breath, chest tightness and lethargy at 5,500 meters. Read more here.

Climber Rescued Off of Mt. Aconcagua

A 32-year-old American Alpine Club member was climbing Mt. Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Americas and one of the Seven Summits. Midway through her climb, she had to stop because of severe frostbite…Read more here.

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