Uniting Female SAR Communities: Meet the ‘Women in Rescue’

February 21, 2024

Rescuers who are women have been called “pretty mules” by patients who they’re carrying out of the backcountry; they’ve even been called “wimps” and “b*tches” for being perceived as too cautious or too assertive.

This isn’t uncommon for women in SAR. Many of them regularly face harassment and unfounded questioning from within their teams or from the very people they’re helping.

That’s why Wilks and Aguirre founded Women in Rescue. The organization supports and encourages women on volunteer and professional search and rescue operations teams. Gear Junkie