Steve Achelis

Steve Achelis has been a generous supporter of the Wasatch Back Country.  He has created an online, interactive backcountry ski map. There is also a hard copy version of this map that is very useful on ski tours.  Steve has generously donated the proceeds from the sale of this map to the Utah Avalanche Center.   Steve has many years of experience as a wilderness first responder and participated in hundreds of rescues that frequently made the evening news. Steve is a former member of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team.

I look forward to reading Steve’s book Mountain Responder: When Recreation and Misfortune Collide.

In Mountain Responder, Steve takes the reader along on these life-and-death rescues as he and his teammates dig people out of avalanches, hang on a thin cable below a helicopter, and rescue climbers stuck on rock walls. Threaded throughout these unforgettable rescues, Steve shares the exhilaration of saving a life, the fears and uncertainties during the struggle to keep a patient alive, as well as the doubts and second-guessing when someone doesn’t make it.