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When people head into Red River Gorge, they don’t plan on having an accident or getting lost. But when “nature happens,” calls for help go out to county search and rescue crews.

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We seek new members on an ongoing basis, and we seek a range of skills and experiences.

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Powell County Search & Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization working in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The volunteers of Search & Rescue spend hundreds of hours each year donating their time and talents to rescuing folks from cliffs and rugged terrain. Each rescue is unique and each person we rescue has a story to tell. We invite you to join with us in our mission of saving lives! You can become a valuable part of this effort by helping us accomplish what we are finding to be more and more difficult: funding these rescue missions from our own pockets.

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Powell County Search and Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer organization funded entirely through individual donations, and fundraisings.

Become A Volunteer

There are many different roles and levels of support – you don’t have to be a world-class climber to provide an indispensable service to the search and rescue community.

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Please consider making IN-KIND material donations to Powell County Search and Rescue. Tax receipts based on the fair market value can be provided.

Who Are We?

We are an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding persons lost or injured in the back country of Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

Why Donate?

Your generous contribution to our non-profit organization is 100% tax deductible and could one day save your life or the life of a loved one.

Latest Search & Rescue News

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Yesterday PCSAR received a call for a lost family that was hiking somewhere at Natural Bridge State Park. It was an elderly couple with two 9 year old grandchildren that was supposed to meet their family on top of Natural Bridge at 3:00, but never showed up. The couple were from Ukraine and only spoke broken English, but the grandchildren spoke perfect English. They were not able to tell us what trail they were on, or bring up their GPS coordinates on their phone. The only thing they knew was they saw some orange diamond shape signs and some signs with turtles on the trees. That instantly told us they were on Sand Gap trail, the longest trail at the park. With darkness and cold weather quickly approaching, a hasty team was sent out to Sand Gap trail. After nearly 2 miles of hiking, the family was able to hear the whistle blasts from the team. After finding the family in good health, they were hiked back out of the woods and back to the rest of their family. They said they had a big meal planned for Thanksgiving and we were happy we could help them make it to that dinner.

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Yesterday PCSAR received a call for a lost family that was hiking somewhere at Natural Bridge State Park.  It was an elderly couple with two 9 year old grandchildren that was supposed to meet their family on top of Natural Bridge at 3:00, but never showed up.  The couple were from Ukraine and only spoke broken English, but the grandchildren spoke perfect English.  They were not able to tell us what trail they were on, or bring up their GPS coordinates on their phone. The only thing they knew was they saw some orange diamond shape signs and some signs with turtles on the trees.  That instantly told us they were on Sand Gap trail, the longest trail at the park.  With darkness and cold weather quickly approaching, a hasty team was sent out to Sand Gap trail.  After nearly 2 miles of hiking, the family was able to hear the whistle blasts from the team.   After finding the family in good health, they were hiked back out of the woods and back to the rest of their family.  They said they had a big meal planned for Thanksgiving and we were happy we could help them make it to that dinner.

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A friend and me somehow ended up on the sand gap trail in our early teens. I still haven’t got brave enough to hit that one again lol glad everything turned out ok! So thankful for our rescue people!!

We are all thankful for the PCSAR team! ❤️

I know it will be uncommon but if you ever have more people lost on this trail its easily accessable for us over here at LCSAR

Great Job as Always. ❤

Bless your hearts!! Thank you for your continued sacrifices to help others

Good work!! Thankful for all involved

Great job! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks PCSAR for all your service. And prayers for a safe return.

Many thanks for your devoted service to visitors to our beautiful area!

Thank you for your service! All of us send our gratitude.

Thank you so much! Would've been devastating for them going into the night like that.

Great job !! Big thank you to the rescue team 👏

Another great rescue. Thanks for your service.

Thank you for all you do, 24/7! I am comforted just knowing there is such a capable team here.

Awesome thanks for all your help rescuing them

So proud of our rescue team!

Great job rescue team

Awesome jobwhat a great asset to the people of Ky, for the love🥾🥾

Thank you thank you for your dedication 🙏🇺🇸

Thank you for finding them!

Thank you for your service.

Great job team!!

The area is blessed to have this group

Thank you all for helping those people!

Great job!

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Winter Hiking Tips

The winter months are a great time to hike. It is a way of beating the crowds, especially during the weekdays. But winter hiking takes a bit more planning due to safety concerns caused by lower temperatures and possible winter storm conditions.

Here is a short list to keep in mind when planning a winter hike.

• Winter hikes take longer than summer hikes. Hikers tend to move more slowly during colder weather and snow and ice may have created unplanned obstacles.
• Winter days are shorter, so don’t plan a hike that can’t be finished before dark. Temperatures may drop rapidly after the sun goes down.
•Snow and leaves may have hidden trails, so pay extra attention to direction of travel and keep a map and compass in your pack.
• Cold temperatures could cause problems with technology, so make sure you have a backup light, batteries and method of navigation.
• Dress in layers and remove or add layers as needed. Sweat is not your friend during winter hikes.
• Exercise during the winter requires more calories than summer hikes. Keeping well fueled helps keep you warm and ready to travel.
• Staying hydrated during the winter is just as important as during the summer. Dehydration expedites the onset of hypothermia. If you feel thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated.
• Do not leave home unless you have given someone your hiking itinerary.
• Crampons or Yaktrax may be needed for snow and ice travel.
• And lastly, always have a pack that contains your “essential ten”, winter storms come in fast and snow and ice accumulation is sometimes heavy.

We hope this helps as you plan your next winter hiking adventure. And as always we are here for any questions!

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Winter hiking is the best. There’s something about the quiet, still, vastness of winter. ❄️⛄️

Thanks for the tips!

Yaktrax are the best!!!

Beautiful

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