ICAR 2014 Convention - Review


October 6-9, 2014 in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA. Hosted by our member organization MRA Mountain Rescue Association in the United States of America (www.mra.org/training-education/ikar-2014).

This marked the first ICAR Congress held in the USA, with more than 330 persons in attendance representing 29 countries. The venue, on the shores of Lake Tahoe amidst the Sierra Nevada Mountains, was both scenic and suited to the needs of the Congress.

The Practical Day (Pre-Conference Workshop), held on Heavenly Mountain and attended by more than 260, was a great success due to, in large part, the efforts of Dominique Létang, President of the ICAR Avalanche Rescue Commission (France) and Fidel Elsensohn, President of the ICAR Alpine Medicine Commission (Austria). Their leadership was instrumental, but the tireless organizational efforts of Manuel Genswein (Switzerland), is what truly made this day a very beneficial and educational day for all involved.

The main activities of the Congress were held in Harvey's Hotel and Resort and proceeded smoothly. Of significance was the passing of the ICAR leadership reins from President Gerold Biner (Switzerland), to Franz Stämpfli (Switzerland). The MRA wishes President Stämpfli and the ICAR organization continued success representing mountain rescuers worldwide and is greatly appreciative of the opportunity to host the 2014 ICAR Congress.

Dan Hourihan, Organizing Committee, Mountain Rescue Association MRA.

Convention Participants (overall) 332
Pre-Conference Workshop Participants 265
Companions 29
Non-ICAR Members 55
ICAR Sponsors 7
Non-ICAR Exhibitors 10
TER 98
AIR 28
MED 37

Minutes & Presentations of all Commission Meetings (grouped by date and common audiences as per Convention Schedule available for download below) can be found under "INFORMATION" and then "MINUTES" on this website.

20141005 ICAR 2014 USA Conference Handbook (pdf, 2.00 Mb)
20141005 ICAR 2014 USA Convention Schedule (pdf, 29.22 Kb)
20141006 ICAR 2014 USA Practical Pre-Conference Workshop Map (pdf, 407.65 Kb)

ICAR 2014 USA / Visual Impressions
MRA Mountain Rescue Association (external link)
Video Heavenly Mountain Resort (external link)
Video Lake Tahoe South Shore (external link)