Several storms are rolling in for the holiday season, which means lots of fresh powder in the mountains. But, it also means high to extreme avalanche danger.
Marguerite Van Komen will spend 10 years training Frankie to become a certified avalanche dog.
"Everyday has been an opportunity to train, learn, and grow together."
Sophie, the rescue dog, trains to find human remains in preparation for emergency search and recovery missions.
A search and rescue team risk their own lives to retrieve the body of a victim after a 600 foot fall.
"They had lots of water, extra clothing, and they got a 6:30 a.m. start. But the Lone Peak Wilderness area can be difficult to navigate."
Search and Rescue is called out on a rescue mission and find a situation that takes them by surprise.
"Holidays are popular times for accidents and emergencies..."
"It was cold -- really cold. Colder than anything I’d ever experienced."
Before I began hanging out with SAR teams, I never gave much thought about packing extra for a day hike. Now that I’ve seen that accidents can happen I always pack "The Ten Essentials."