Search and Rescue news articles
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- 'Project Blue' Gets Underway - March 17, 2014
- Apache Junction-based search and rescue efforts aided by remote-control quadcopter - February 18, 2014
- Eye In The Sky - November 26, 2013
- Widow criticizes Pinal County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team after they failed to find husband - November 11, 2013
- Dennis Mack of SSAR featured in Kollenborn's Chronicles - July 3, 2013
- "I was lied to and treated with disrespect." - April 27, 2013
- Hiker's Body Found in Mtns. - April 19, 2013
- Body of Missing Lost Dutchman Hiker Possibly Found by Superstition Search and Rescue - April 19, 2013
- Body of missing hiker found in Superstitions - April 19, 2013
- Golden Sun R.V. Resort Assists Superstition Search & Rescue - January 30, 2013
- Body of man who hunted legendary 'Lost Dutchman's' gold mine believed found in Arizona mountains - November 29, 2012
- Superstition Search and Rescue Team Finds Human Remains in Same Area Where Missing Gold Prospector's Campsite Was Found in 2009 - November 27, 2012
- 2012 Grand Canyon Clean Up - October 8, 2012
- Jeff Block, buddy Blue are leaving their mark - August 25, 2012
- Missing Ariz. man found dead in truck, police confirm - August 10, 2012
- AJ man and his dog killed in truck crash -- found at bottom of Salt River Canyon by search team - August 8, 2012
- A Deadly Vision - February 28, 2011
- Third body found in Superstitions - January 24, 2011
- Local search and rescue team believes remains in Superstitions may be missing Utah man - January 17, 2011
- 2010 Review - January 1, 2011
- Moonlight hike held for FBI - November 4, 2010
- Missing Man Found Dead - October 18, 2010
- 20th Annual Grand Canyon Clean Up - October 17, 2010
- SSAR Receives CERT Training - July 19, 2010
- SSAR Expands Services to Include Urban Rescue - January 14, 2010
- SSAR Delivers - January 5, 2010
- SSAR Finds Body in San Tan Valley Canal - January 3, 2010
- Search and Rescue Receives State Commendation - December 6, 2009
- Second Rescue in SSAR's Final Days with County - November 29, 2009
- Injured Woman Rescued From Cliff - November 25, 2009
- Superstition Mountain Rescue - October 26, 2009
- SSAR Will Not Join Sheriff's Posse - October 16, 2009
- Hiker located in little over an hour by SSAR - September 15, 2009
- Search and Rescue Participates in Rescue Rodeo - June 15, 2009
- Two Rescued From Superstitions - September 29, 2008
- Superstition Search and Rescue Inspires 'Rock the Boat' - September 10, 2008
- Climber clung for life before 80-foot fall - March 15, 2008
- Phoenix New Times Best Mountain Rescue - March 01, 2008
- AJ hiker survives 6 days injured in Superstitions - April 19, 2007
- SSAR is First Recipient of the Lacy-Conner Peterson Grant - May 22, 2006
SSAR Helps In Grand Canyon Clean Up
Local rescue team volunteers make annual trek
Apache Junction News
By Curt Fonger
October 8, 2012
Superstition Search & Rescue (SSAR) once again participated in the Annual Grand Canyon "Over the Rim Clean-up," during the weekend of September 29-30. The event was organized by the Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC).
Three teams assisted the Grand Canyon National Park Service this year: the Arizona Mountaineer Club; Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA); and Superstition Search and Rescue.
The 2012 event saw thirty SSAR team members and their families attend this volunteer, fun event. Over 100 combined volunteers from the three groups spent two days cleaning up one of the world's natural wonders. What a way to spend a weekend!
Bag after bag of trash, such as cell phones, cameras, hats, toys, footballs, flashlights and, yes... coins, lots and lots of coins were hauled up from far beneath the rim.
One of the SSAR team members, Donnie Rudd, rappelled over 600' down at Yavapai Point to collect a metal foot locker that someone had thrown over the side. Rob Canby, another team member rappelled down over 300' near the Bright Angel Lodge point to retrieve numerous signs that another irresponsible person had thrown over.
What a tremendous team effort to accomplish this nearly impossible mission. The importance of retrieving the coins results from the California Condors trying to eat anything shiny, which could be fatal for one of these 9 1/2 feet giant winged scavengers which are a protected species. Thus, collecting coins from the depths of the canyon is crucial to their survival.
The sunny skies, temperatures in the mid to high 70's with full moon nights for all those that camped at the Mather Campground made for a perfect weekend.
The bull elk were in rut, so the increased activity of elk bugling throughout the day and night was incredible. There were bull elk, cows and calves walking through the camp; the parade of these wild, awesome creatures was endless.
The Superstition Search & Rescue team is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Apache Junction Elks Club on north Hwy. 88 at 7 p.m. Anyone who is interested in more information on how to join this incredible group of volunteers is welcome to attend the meeting. For more information go to www.superstition-sar.org.
View photos from this event.
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