Providing search and rescue services to Chaffee County's backcountry.
Chaffee County Search and Rescue-North is a non-profit, all volunteer organization operating under the direction of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office. Our mission is to provide search and rescue services, as well as outdoor safety education, at no cost to the public.
Texas hiker Jeffrey Pickering, who was reported missing Friday, was found dead Saturday night in northern Chaffee County.
On 08/24/16 at approximately 5:00 pm the Chaffee County Communications Center received information of a possible missing hiker on Mount Harvard. Family members reported that the hiker was dropped off at the trailhead of Mount Harvard at approximately 7:00 amon the 24th and they were to pick him up at the same location at 3:00 pm, the same day. When he did not return by 5:00 pm they notified Chaffee County authorities.
A Salida prospector pinned under a rock near the summit of Mount Antero was rescued Saturday afternoon by Chaffee County Search and Rescue and other emergency responders.
Sandra Johnson, 51 of Littleton, died Sunday, July 3, following a rafting incident on the Arkansas River. Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said that the county communications center received a call at 12:30 p.m. of a woman falling from a raft in the Browns Canyon area.
Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze wants to remind residents and visitors about some basics when venturing into the mountains, following the risky rescue of of a skier March 14, that Spezze said placed the lives of around 20 volunteers and sheriff’s deputies in danger.