Fortunately there are more ways to volunteer with SMR than responding to emergency missions. The last two Saturdays SMR has been asked to assist the Bellevue police department and King County Search and Rescue search for a missing child. I have been there both weekends, happy to volunteer my time.
With winter rapidly approaching I am looking forward to some great winter training opportunities with SMR and perhaps a few interesting search and rescue missions. Last spring a got a pair of used skies put together with some bindings that I think will be ideal for wintertime missions. They are light enough to not be overly burdening but tough enough to handle most terrain. The skis have full metal edges, fish scales in the kick zone but are also fitted with light weight ski skins. With snow falling in the mountains it won't be long before we are out enjoying winter.