Dean Rosnau – Search and Rescue in the High Sierra

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Dean Rosnau began climbing at Joshua Tree in 1975 at the age of 13. In 1984, he immersed himself into the world of Search and Rescue (SAR) when a 3 1/2 year-old child disappeared from a campground. In 1989, he moved to the eastern high Sierra, and along with pursuing his climbing passions, became involved with the rescue team in Mono County.

His new book, The Shortest Straw, recounts a number of incidents throughout his 43 years of climbing and 33 years of SAR. From the high desert crags in Josh, the frozen waterfalls of the east side, to the domes of Tuolumne and the big walls of Yosemite Valley, his climbing opportunities have been mixed and all-encompassing.

Dean continues to work an open missing person case, that of Matthew Greene, of Pennsylvania. Matthew went missing on July 17, 2013….most likely in the Ritter Range of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The story of Matthew, and many other cases, are recounted in his new book.
Dean will highlight some of the search and rescue incidents from is book and will discuss how SAR teams operate, and what to do and NOT do when faced with an emergency in the backcountry.

If you would like to order The Shortest Straw, go to this link:

Dean Rosnau in the search zone for Matthew Greene – Photo: John “Cupcake” McDonald

Dean Rosnau climbing thin mixed terrain, Lee Vining Canyon – Photo: Doug Nidever

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Dean Rosnau leading on Triassic Sands, Red Rocks, Nevada – Photo: Earl Phillips

One of many downed aircraft body recoveries with Mono County SAR – Photo: Dean Rosnau

Dean Rosnau on the summit of Mt. Tom, Eastern High Sierra – Photo: Steve Case



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