Welcome to Denali Rescue Volunteers. This non-profit organization was established to provide support for volunteers in the mountaineering program at Denali National Park.
In the mid-1970s, the first two mountaineering rangers from Denali National Park started working out of Talkeetna and on Denali's West Buttress in order to provide more support and education to climbers. Since the program's beginning, volunteers have been giving their time to aid the Park Service in its mission to educate and provide assistance to climbers in need. What started as a couple of mountaineering rangers and volunteers has grown to 12 rangers and 57 volunteers in 2011. In the last few years there have been approximately 12,000 volunteer hours given per year.
Since 1990 the annual number of climbers attempting Denali has ranged from 1,000 - 1,340 (in 2005). Despite people being experienced and prepared, accidents do occur, and volunteers respond in rescues and provide medical assistance to imperiled climbers. Without volunteers on every ranger patrol, the rangers' ability to support climbers in need would be greatly diminished. We thank and commend these volunteers for their time and effort.
We would appreciate your support if you would like to contribute to this worth-while cause. Contact information and contribution methods are available under the 'Donate' section.