Emergency contact info - what you need to share


When you head out for a climb, it’s good practice to let a responsible someone know the details of your trip. In the last minute rush to leave, all that might get said is, “I’m heading to Rainier, back on Tuesday!”  A more detailed written notice you leave with a person not going on your trip might include:

  • Destination - peak to be climbed, trail to be hiked

  • General route you plan to take

  • Campsites - if overnight, list campsite location(s) for each night

  • Names of climbing partners, and names and phone numbers for their emergency contacts

  • Times: Hike / climb will leave the trailhead/base camp at ________ a.m. / p.m. on _______________ (date), Planned return to trailhead/base camp ______ a.m. / p.m. on _______________ (date)

  • Make and license of car(s) your team will drive

  • Trailhead where car(s) will be parked

  • Bivy gear (stove, tent/bivy bag, sleeping bag, food for # days) the team will carry

  • List of communications gear (cell phone, satellite com device, GPS) the team will carry

  • Emergency phone numbers for the climb area (usually Nat Forest District Office, County Sheriff or Nat Park Service)

  • Important: Estimated time off the peak. Consider a “yellow-red” system of times: “We plan to call to check in with you by 4:00 pm. If you don’t hear from us by 9:00 pm, call the sheriff”.