Mountain Safety

AVSAR encourages everyone to be prepared when they venture into the outdoors.  Part of this preparation includes ensuring that you have bought a COSAR card or added the small search and rescue fee to your fishing or hunting license.  Although SAR teams never charge for their emergency response, paying into the Colorado State Department of Local Affairs Fund, through these fees, helps SAR teams get reimbursed for the costs involved in rescues.  You can purchase a COSAR card from AVSAR, the Alamosa Sheriff Dept, Kristi Mountain Sports, or click to purchase a COSAR card online, or find your local vendor.

Secondarily, AVSAR encourages you to avoid needing SAR in the first place.  Experienced mountaineers understand the importance of always carrying "the ten essentials" when traveling in the backcountry.  If you are unaware of what these essentials are, please go to- The Mountaineer's Ten Essentials.

Lastly, the ultimate source of mountain safety comes from your knowledge and experience regarding wilderness survival.  Mountain rescuers are often quoted saying that knowledge weighs nothing and is the most important thing you take with you into the outdoors.  AVSAR recommends that anyone traveling into the beautiful and enriching, yet rugged, unforgiving, and deadly mountain ranges of our area become as familiar with safe travel habits and mountain survival skills as is necessary to meet their outdoor objectives.  This includes reading texts such as Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, and by gaining experience within safe, personal boundaries.  Experienced mentors, educational groups, and professional guides are invaluable sources of knowledge and skills.

Have fun and be safe!