Amber Moran ’09, a volunteer for Summit County Rescue Group, traveled to a remote part of China in September 2012 with her organization and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group as part of a cultural and training exchange with the Sichuan Mountaineering Association. The American teams taught avalanche rescue, high angle rope rescue, and search tactics, and the Chinese rescue team organized and led tours of cultural and historical sites.
Moran explains that the Sichuan Mountain Rescue Team has very limited resources to cover a huge area. “Our exchange helped to develop those resources and provide a training foundation.” She credits her Mines education, particularly the Humanitarian Engineering Program and her Senior Design project, for cultivating an interest in volunteering for global programs like this. Moran is an environmental engineer with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.
Moran shared some of her photos from the trip with us. View the slideshow below for images.