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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-23-2016, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Default Do Search/Rescue folks have a key to the Grouse Grind gate?

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Just curious if Search/Rescue folks are supposed to have a key to the Grouse Grind gate? I was around the gate Sunday afternoon and noticed a single guy/dark beard with a SAR baseball cap opening the Grouse grind gate. I asked him about the key and he seemed a little hesitant about answering me lol. He just said he couldn't let me in (I was there for a friends birthday at the restaurant actually). He then proceeded up the grind.

That's a pretty cool SAR perk being able to access the closed grind whenever for personal hiking. I might join up!
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Free gear, helicopter rides, extra privilege, why do you think people join SAR?

Nothing necessarily wrong with it either, a volunteer SAR workforce works well for everyone.

Edit: also, it's really not all that hard to go up the Grouse Grind in the winter if you really want to. That gate is mostly there to stop the unprepared folk I think.

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You could get hired by Grouse, then you'd also get a key, but you'd never have to get up at midnight to go into avalanche terrain to rescue anyone. You'd even get paid!
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Lots of jobs have good perks!
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I know that NSR has a daily patrol up the trail when the trail is officially open and it gets patrolled occasionally when it's closed to monitor hazards. Also, not every team member has access to such keys either.
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I asked him about the key and he seemed a little hesitant about answering me lol. ...

...That's a pretty cool SAR perk being able to access the closed grind whenever for personal hiking. I might join up!
Who knows. You may have come across as a guy who would post any gleaned info on who, what, where, when and why.
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It's trivial to get on the grind from the other trails in the area. Whether he should have a key or not seems irrelevant IMO. The point is to keep an army of high heels and slip-ons off the grind during the slippery and increased risk of avalanche parts of the year.

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It's trivial to get on the grind from the other trails in the area. Whether he should have a key or not seems irrelevant IMO. The point is to keep an army of high heels and slip-ons off the grind during the slippery and increased risk of avalanche parts of the year.

Yes, and there are so many. and amazing how ill-prepared some are.

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