My name is Tony Talbott. I am the owner of Mountain Rescue Gear.com. I moved to the Kern River in the Southern Sierras in 1978. I joined Kern Valley Search and Rescue kernvalleysearchandrescue.com in 1987. We are a very busy volunteer group with anywhere from 25 to 125 call outs and about 30 trainings year, and I have about a 95% attendance, from mountain calls to river and lake calls. If you cant reach us we might be on a rescue call or a training, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I started buying equipment for the team after about 5 years of being in the group.