The Shortest Straw-Search and Rescue in the High Sierra


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  • Group size 30 people
  • Instructor Dean Rosnau

When Dean Rosnau began climbing as a Southern California teenager in 1975, the desert crags of Joshua Tree and the alpine cliffs of Tahquitz were his milieu. Soon, he made his way to the big walls of Yosemite Valley and beyond. When a little girl disappeared from her family campsite in Joshua Tree in 1984, Dean found his calling in life when he immersed himself into the world of Search and Rescue, or SAR. In 1989, Dean relocated to the eastern high Sierra, joining one of the busiest SAR teams in the nation. In his new memoir, The Shortest Straw, Dean recounts a number of his experiences after nearly 44 years of climbing, and 33 years of SAR. In these accounts, he gives detailed information of how a SAR operation works, writing in a style that brings you to the scene in edgy detail. The book concludes with an open missing person case that Dean is still working in the Ritter Range, near Mammoth. Whether you are novice or expert, Dean has an educational presentation that offers vital information for users of the wilderness. Bring your questions, get some answers, and enjoy a good tale or two. We look forward to seeing you!

    Activity location

    Dillon REI

    306 Dillon Ridge Rd, Dillon, CO 80435

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