This season we've seen several climbing accidents in EPC, mostly foot and or ankle injuries. We had one major accident that occurred that required local Search and Rescue from Monterrey to come in for a helicopter extraction. Luckily that climber suffered no major injuries. So for the past couple months in Potrero, we have seen a great progress towards helping protect the climbers coming to EPC in the event of accidents. A couple local guides have spent time raising the money to afford rescue gear. Rudy Peckham and Karla Moya, have been working with the local Protection Civil in the past and currently to handle emergency situations and are trying with limited resources to create a rescue team.
The idea will be to continue to work hand in hand with the local Protection Civil as well as train future climber staff at El Buho, with search and rescue skills. Even with the the right people and proper training though, having the proper rescue gear can make all the difference. The local resources of the Protection Civil can be stretched sometimes, so the idea was to get rescue gear that is dedicated to the climbing community and can be accessed by dedicated climbers and potential supporting crews. This raised money is gonna be used to buy some of the following:
Spider Immobilization Straps
And I'm excited to know that the goal has been reached!! A big thank you to all for helping out with this great effort. It's always so great to see how awesome this climbing community is here in Potrero. In my opinion, the best in the world.
Extra resources can always be needed though to help keep supplies new. If you want to help donate more you can at the following link: Potrero Chico Rescue Gear