You are right, Martin. We also do not charge for mountain rescue in
Alaska, and I believe charging is almost non-existent in the US. It
is quite common in Europe to have insurance for mountain rescue or
foreign medical treatment in the Alps. A helicopter rescue can be
quite expensive. I believe it is $1500 just to have the helicopter
take off in Alaska. All in round numbers. I am part of the volunteer
rescue system we have up here and have had the chance to play victim
in one of our scenarios, this a 'back-to-nature' family who hiked off
in the mountains with the wedding party and the priest and didn't come
back. It was interesting to listen in on the efforts to locate us and
then impressive to observe the professionalism and skills of the
While I favor charging for rescue - it can put the rescuer in varying
degrees of danger - I hear reports from Europe that with insurance
there is a greater tendency to call on rescue when simply exhausted or
calling it quits rather than climb out. So it is a tough nut to
crack. Darwin's law is not quick enough to protect us from all stupid
people. Unlucky ones it is easier to sympathize with!
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, Martin Votruba <votrubam@y...>
> > It looks like Slovakia is starting to get more Americanized.
> > We are also charging for rescues.
> I'm not sure who you mean by "we," Dave, but Colorado, for example,
> doesn't charge for mountain search and rescue, nor does Alaska, I
> believe (Ron?). On the other hand, Slovak rescue teams have been
> charging for mountain search and rescue when the person was off a
> marked trail in the national parks unless the s/he was a member of a
> registered rock climbers' club.
> votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu