Mountain Rescue Association
Spring Conference 2020

June 11-13

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Spring 2020 Conference


The MRA Spring Conference is coming to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania in 2020. We welcome you to join us for North America's premier conference for search and rescue education, mountain rescue research, and the latest technology and rescue equipment. As the only National conference focused on wilderness and volunteer search and rescue, this conference brings SAR technicians and government officials from across the country and the world. Join us for learning, field exercises, demonstrations, and camaraderie.

There will be field and classroom tracks for Mountain and Rope Rescue, Canine Search, Cave Rescue, Water Rescue, Helicopter Rescue, Wilderness Search, Wilderness Medical, and Drones.

All members of the SAR community are welcome to attend. We welcome non-MRA members attending in the spirit of the past SARCON conventions to broaden the knowledge and experience base.

We are looking for sponsors and vendors for this conference. You will have access to hundreds of search and rescue experts and decision-makers from SAR teams from across the country and around the world. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or have other questions about the conference, please email:

This website will be updated frequently as the conference date approaches.


Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Champion, PA

Seven Springs is located approximately one hour's drive southeast of Pittsburgh, located within 200 miles of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Cleveland and Columbus and it is easily accessible off exits 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest metropolitan terminal.

Book a Room

Group camping is available at nearby Laurel Hill State Park for $10 per night per tent or vehicle. This location is about a 10 minute drive from the conference. Camping is for tents only, no hook-up. RV sites with hookups can be booked separately on the State Park website. Hotel rooms are available at Seven Springs, including dog friendly rooms. Group camping spots can be purchased along with your conference tickets as part of the registration process.


Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group

Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group

Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG) is an all-volunteer, non-profit search and rescue (SAR) team based in Pittsburgh that has offered support to government agencies responsible for lost- and injured-person incidents since 1985.

Mountain Rescue Association

Mountain Rescue Association

MRA is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education. We do so by improving the quality, availability, & safety of mountain search & rescue. With over 90 government authorized units, MRA has grown to become the critical mountain search & rescue resource in North America.


American Alpine Institute
Team Wendy
SMC Gear

Call for Speakers

In June of 2020 our organization is hosting the Mountain Rescue Association’s (MRA) International Search and Rescue Conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The MRA Conference is invaluable for volunteer SAR organizations. It is the primary method for SAR organizations and First Responders to stay in compliance with the latest rescue equipment and techniques, networking with other organizations, and research on the most effective ways to rescue an individual with minimal risk.

Submission Deadline:
February 2020
Speaker Selection:
February 2020
Conference tracks:
  • General SAR/Search Management
  • Rescue (Rope, Mountain, Cave, Water)
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Technology (mapping, social media, drones, etc)
  • Case Studies/Panels
  • PreConference Workshops
  • Canine