National Search and Rescue Conference 2015


The National Association for Search and Rescue, Colorado Search and Rescue Board and Mountain Rescue Association have joined together to produce the premier U.S. SAR conference.

Join SAR colleagues from across the nation next to beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.


In addition to the three cooperating national and state SAR associations, we are privileged to have Larimer County Search and Rescue as our local host team. Many members are handling critical details of such a large event, from IC on down to training site scout (TSSL in ICS). Thanks, Larimer!

Larimer County Search and Rescue (LCSAR) of Fort Collins, Colorado is the hosting team for the 2015 National SAR Conference. Please visit their web site at for more information about the team.


The brochure is a pdf document that contains all of the details of the conference.

Please click the following link to access it.

SARCON 2015 Brochure

Mobile App:

Download and install the App called "EventBase" then search for the "SARCON" event.

Presentation Schedule:

The presentation schedule is an Excel spreadsheet.

Please click the following link to access it.

SARCON 2015 Schedule !! UPDATED 5/31/15 !!


June 4,5,6,7, 2015 - Thursday through Sunday


YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park CO 80511

Phone: 970-586-3341

Web Site:

Map: YMCA Estes Park Center Grounds Map


Online registration is now open at

Lodging and meals are not included in your registration price. YMCA of the Rockies is handling lodging and meals directly (except for the extra Friday night BBQ tickets). You will be automatically re-directed to the YMCA website after you complete your registration.

Event rates range from $ 70.00 for a one-day registration to $ 140.00 for full conference/early bird for NASAR, CSRB and MRA members and $ 180.00 for non-members. Please see the registration page for other pricing options.

Note to faculty: Please register online as an attendee. Your proffered discount will be refunded to you after the conference.

Colorado Teams: Remember to register right away if using Colorado SAR Fund Grant money. Your registration receipts are acceptable evidence of use of grant money.

Volunteering at the Conference:

Local host team Larimer County SAR would like volunteers to assist with the conference. This includes positions such as safety officers, track leaders, registrars, tech support for A/V and computers, security for silent suction security. If you’d like to help, contact Karen Williams at

Colorado Specific Information:

A/V Equipment needed

Colorado teams: the conference would like to fill in its cache of backup A/V gear and needs five portable computer projectors. If you can bring one, with arrival by Thursday evening, please contact Paul "Woody" Woodward at

CSRB Scholarships

If you applied for and receive a CSRB scholarship for the conference, the CSRB asks you to, in return, donate 4 hours of time to our local hosting team, Larimer County SAR. Once you receive notice of receiving a scholarship, after May, 1, contact Karen Williams at

Exhibitor Fees Deadline

Prospective exhibitors - booth fees will increase after April 30, 2015 to $ 500.00. Save some money and reserve now. Contact Aaron Dover at


YMCA Lodge
Ypsilon Mountain and Fairchild Mountain, NNW of a lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies.


Once you register you will automatically go to the lodging and meals reservations at the YMCA of the Rockies website.

Full-conference lodging plans include all meals and range from $ 118.00/day for single occupancy to $ 61.00/per person/per day for 3 sharing a lodge room to $ 50.00/per person/per day for 5 sharing a lodge room.

If you plan to share a room with teammates or other attendees, only one person should book the room for everyone (just as at a hotel).

Single-day passes do not include meals. Single-day attendees and off-ground guests can purchase meals at the front desk for a single meal or the whole week: breakfast $ 8.00, lunch $ 10.00 and dinner $ 13.00.

Lodging check-in

Attendees/teams/agencies that have multiple rooms and members on one reservation - a Task Force - will have one lodging check-in packet from the YMCA  for your entire group. That packet will have everyone's keys and meal tickets and wristbands. Another task force member can check in for the person that made the reservation but they will be given the whole packet not a partial packet. Whomever checks in and gets the lodging packet will be responsible for dispersing the keys and meal tickets to everyone in you task force.

YMCA Dog Policy

SAR dog policy for National SAR Conference at YMCA of the Rockies


Do you want to camp or RV it while at the conference or for your post-conference vacation? The closest campground is East Portal Campground which is 1.3 miles beyond entrance to the YMCA at the end of the road. Next closest are in RMNP. There are dozens of RV parks in the Estes Valley, with several on the road to the YMCA. For a list, go to Campgrounds and RV Parks

RMnp - Bear Lake

Transportation to Estes Park:

Airport Shuttle:

Estes Park Shuttle
Phone: 970-586-5151
Web Site:

They have six shuttles daily to and from Denver International Airport.

Shuttle schedule:

Please verify pickup points and depature times at time of making shuttle reservations.

Estes Park Shuttle is offering a 25% discounted price of $ 63.75 round trip per person. Discount code SARCON.

Plan on two hours each way through the beautiful Colorado Rockies – the mountains, not the baseball team. The distance is about 80 miles; the last 20 are a climb of almost 3,000 feet.

Car Rental Service

There are many car rental agencies at Denver International Airport.

Estes Park Area Free Shuttle Services:

RMNP Shuttle Service

RMNP has a free shuttle service that will take you to various trail heads on the east side of the park. Please visit their shuttle web page at RMNP Shuttle Service.

This shuttle DOES NOT operate outside of RMNP so you will have to find a way to the park to take advantage.

Estes Park:

Estes Park, Colorado

For more information about Estes Park lodging, campgrounds, RV Parks, cabins, restaurants, things to do, events, maps and information, and Rocky Mountain National Park visit the Visit Estes Park web site at

Rocky Mountain National Park:

RMNP is right next door. “ROMO” (radio call sign) celebrates its Centennial this year and is one of the most visited parks in the National Park system. 

For information about Rocky Mountain National Park visit their web site at

Longs Peak

The “Diamond” on Long’s Peak in RMNP. It was first climbed in 1960, but only after the Park insisted that a standby rescue team was in place, for this then-perilous ascent. That team today is a member of NASAR, the MRA and the CSRB.

Historic artifacts and photos from this first ascent will be displayed at the conference.

Photograph courtesy of RMNP.

RMNP Centenial


Faculty and curricula questions? Contact Tom Wood,
General conference questions? Contact George Janson,

Silent Auction:

This years event will include a silent auction. Proceeds help keep the costs down.
Bring an item (or more) to donate. We would love each Colorado team sending members to contribute something: either local flavor (tee shirts, mugs, etc.) or an outdoors/rescue item.

Contact Aaron Dover about your donation: (303) 800-1708 ext. 22 or


Conference activity tracks are Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th with possible overflow to Sunday the 7th in the morning concurrent with MRA Business Meetings.

This year features more than 30 top SAR training sessions, including:

Pre-conference Activity

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Special Guest Speakers

Tom Hornbein a member of the 1963 US team that summited Everest via the West Ridge. In his book Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer writes that "Hornbein's and Unsoeld's ascent was--and continues to be--deservedly hailed as one of the great feats in the annals of mountaineering." Tom was at one time a member of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit Wikipedia - Tom Hornbein

Mark Magnuson - Chief Ranger Rocky Mountain National Park will tell us about High Mountain SAR in this rugged national park.

Barb Scott - RMNP Centennial Coordinator will describe the history and centennial of neighboring Rocky Mountain National Park.

Jordan White who at age 23 is the fifth and youngest person to ski all of Colorado's 54 14ers (a 14,000 foot peak). In 2014 he skied the big three in Alaska: Mt. Hunter, Mt. Foraker and Mt.  McKinley. Visit his blog at Blog - Jordan White



Air Rescue

Helicopter Field Demonstrations


The SARCON 2015 Presenter Committee is excited to announce that we will have not one, but two, rotary-wing aircraft field demonstrations as part of this year’s conference.

Colorado’s Army National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS) will have one of their Blackhawks on hand to work with members of Vail Mountain  Rescue Group to demonstrate patient packaging for live external hoist operations. CW5 Jeff Girquard and LTC Tony Somogyi of Colorado Air National Guard

Flight For Life Colorado will have their Aerostar B3 on site to demonstrate the Toe-to-Toe patient transfer protocols they’ve developed with the Colorado Air National Guard. Chris Carr and Matthew Bowe of Flight for Life Colorado






NASAR Certification Tracks

You must pre-register through NASAR.


      Please note: These are fee paid activities that you pay for at time of registration. Each activity costs $ 10.00.


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