Speakers

Quinn Brett
Quinn Brett
National Park Service

Friday Keynote
Thoughts on the Paradox: contradiction of paralysis and ability. After being sustaining a spinal cord injury, life as a professional athlete and mountain rescuer were halted. This talk will walk through the scenes leading up to a 120 foot fall, a little of the rescue procedure but mostly focusing on Spinal Cord Injury education, both physically but culturally.

Bio: I am inspired to push physical and mental boundaries. Climbing, in all its forms, has become one medium for self discovery. Cultivating mindfulness, evaluating fears and appreciating failure are a continuous progress. Professionally, I was a climbing ranger in the summer months for Rocky Mountain National Park, performing technical/medical Search and Rescue. I am an advocate for our public land use and conservation. In the winter months I teach wilderness medicine for Remote Medical International. My passion for education permeates to all areas. October 11, 2017 my ability changed due to a fall, now paralyzed below the waist. My sentiment and passion remains. This injury challenges daily, yet I strive to continue pushing myself via self-inquiry, written word, athletic and policy endeavors.

Special Agent Aaron Smith
Special Agent Aaron Smith
National Park Service, Investigative Services Branch
Dr. Alison Sheets
Dr. Alison Sheets
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group
Topic: Medical Decision making
Dr. Seth Hawkins
Dr. Seth Hawkins
Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team
Topic: Spinal Cord injuries
Robert Koester
Robert Koester
Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group
Topic: Lost Person Behavior
Rob Speiden
Rob Speiden
Blacksburg Rescue Squad - SAR Team
Topic: Human Tracking
Andy Graham
Andy Graham
Olympic Mountain Rescue
Topic: Small Aircraft Rescue and Extraction
Michael St. John
Michael St. John
Marin County Sheriff's SAR Unit
Topic: Camp Fire case study
Kathryn Bamford
Kathryn Bamford
Massasauga Search & Rescue Team
Topic: K9 Odor detection in SAR
Andrew McIntyre
Andrew McIntyre
Montgomery County Urban Search & Rescue
Topic: Urban Water Rescue
Steve Petty
Steve Petty
Davis County SAR
Topic: Leadership in SAR
Dale Wang
Dale Wang
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group
Topic: Near Miss panel
Rob Peladeau
Rob Peladeau
NexGen K9 Training
Topic: Canine behavior
Charley Shimanski
Charley Shimanski
ICAR Air Rescue Commission
R. Bryan Simon
R. Bryan Simon
American Alpine Club/Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team
Topic: Accidents in North American Climbing

The purpose of the American Alpine Club’s yearly guide, Accidents in North American Climbing is to educate the climbing community, guide services, and outdoor organizations regarding safe climbing practices in an effort to prevent injuries. This presentation will describe the mission of the guide, discuss trends identified in collected injury data (since 1948), and discuss methods that MRA teams can use this information for training and public outreach to prevent common injuries in their operational environment.

Bio: R. Bryan Simon is the managing editor for the American Alpine Club's, Accidents in North American Climbing. He is a former founding board member for the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team, an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, a Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and Master Fellow in the Australian Adventurers and Explorers Guild. He holds a Diploma in Mountain Medicine from the UIAA and has a master's degree in Mountain Medicine through the University of Leicester, UK.