Trail Sisters Speaker Series

Backcountry Awareness and Assessment

Recorded on: September 27, 2023

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This Speaker Series webinar features special guests from Chaffee County Search and Rescue – North, located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The purpose of this webinar is to share insight on how a SAR operation works (what happens you push the SOS button), advice on what folks should carry, risk mitigation, how to handle an unplanned overnight situation in the backcountry, and more! 

Our search and rescue expert panelists Beth Helmke, Carin Lechner, Jess Lewis, and Gina Lucrezi will share their insights, advice, and experiences, and are happy to answer audience questions. 

About Chaffee County Search and Rescue – North (SAR-N):

Chaffee County Search and Rescue – North (CCSAR-N) is an organization made up of volunteers who move at a moment’s notice to help folks who find themselves in unfortunate situations

CCSAR-N has been in operation since 1964 and is based in Buena Vista, Colorado, serving the northern end of Chaffee County. CCSAR-N is part of the county Sheriff’s department and is activated when the Sheriff determines it is necessary to meet some emergency or situation. Members of SAR are volunteers, who are at a minimum certified in basic first aid and CPR and search and rescue methodology.

Plans for an awesome day in the backcountry don’t always go as planned… falls, accidents, getting lost, avalanches, and medical emergencies befall travelers in our county and it’s SAR-N’s job to locate, access, stabilize and transport them back to more advanced care.

The number of missions vary from year to year, but an average of 60 active call-outs per year is not uncommon.

Beth Helmke
Beth Helmke
CCSAR-N 7 Year Member, Director & Public Information Officer. Beth is the Deputy Director for Chaffee County, and the Board Chair for the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association.
Carin Lechner
Carin Lechner
CCSAR-N 3 Year Member, Vice President & Board Member. Carin is a full-time singer-songwriter (Carin Mari) traveling the USA sharing her music, and also plays lead guitar for Michael Martin Murphy’s Rio Grande Band.
Jess Lewis
Jess Lewis
CCSAR-N 13 Year Member & Lead Instructor for Mountain Rescue Association trainings. Jess is a AMGA Certified Instructor and Guide, and has guided on four continents including Antarctica.
Gina Lucrezi
Gina Lucrezi
CCSAR-N 4 Year Member & Former Training Director. Gina is part of the Hasty Team, deployed for missions especially time critical. Gina is also Mayor Pro Tem for Buena Vista, CO, and Trail Sisters Founder.

About the Speaker Series

Join the conversation as host Gina Lucrezi and various special guests discuss topics related to trail running, hiking and more!

Webinars are held monthly and are free for all to attend live.

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About the Hosts

Gina Lucrezi Profile Photo

Gina Lucrezi

As the founder of Trail Sisters, Gina’s goal is to help create opportunities and grow participation in women’s trail running. 

Kristi Confortin

Kristi is the Trail Sisters team manager, speaker series wing-woman and Birmingham, Alabama’s local group leader and a lover of all dogs.