Mountains Don’t Care – But We Do!


Documentary, Video

Mountain Don’t Care – But We Do!

Documentary | History

An Early History of Mountain Rescue in the Pacific Northwest and the Founding of the Mountain Rescue Association

Featuring Dee Molenaar, Jim Whittaker, Wolf Bauer, Dick Pooley, the documentary provides an early history of the U.S. Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), with a focus on events in the Pacific Northwest during the 1940’s and 50’s. It shows the Alpine roots of Mountain Rescue in the U.S, and how the changing conditions in the Northwest after World War II provided a need for local mountain rescue teams. Distributed by the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA)
The documentary was awarded the Special Jury Award from Mountain Film Festival in 2009.

Wilder Kaiser Training Film (Austria, 1948)

This video contains historic footage of early mountain rescue techniques developed by Wastl Mariner and others in Austria and Germany in the late 1940’s. This unique video was made as a black and white silent film in Austria, and shows the evolution of early mountain rescue technique and equipment in Europe. In about 1950 the German-American immigrant Wolf Bauer brought a copy of the film back to Seattle, and this became the inspiration for development of mountain rescue in the US during the 1950’s. In 1998 the film was digitized and narrated by the International Commission of Alpine Rescue (ICAR) for their 50th anniversary celebration. The English subtitles for this version were  provided by Topograph Media. This film is included on Vimeo courtesy of ICAR.