I’ve been volunteering with my county’s SAR team for the past 15+ years. I’ve been involved in plenty of searches, rescues and recoveries over those years. My best advise would be (in no specific order): 1. Don’t ride alone. 2. If you do ride alone, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. It’s helpful for them to also know and medical issues, color of clothing, Level of experience, etc. 3. Don’t change your plans at the last minute without telling someone. 4. Keep your cell phone on - agencies can sometimes ping your phone and get a location and even a direction of travel. 5. Carry a spot or InReach (or similar) and know how to use it. 6. If riding alone or even deep in the backcountry with others, check your ego at the trailhead, know your limits and don’t push them. Believe that no one is coming to help you and you are in a self-rescue situation. If you are not willing to do what it takes to save yourself, you shouldn’t be there in the first place. I’m not saying don’t accept help, just don’t expect it. 7. Take enough gear with you to survive. You don’t have to be comfortable, but you want to be able to make it through the night. 8. Get SAR insurance- in Colorado, every OHV permit, fishing license, and hunting tag includes this. You can also buy a COSAR (Colorado Search and Rescue) card for something like $3 per year or $12 for 5 years. I’d bet other states offer something similar. Rescues can get very expensive very quick - especially if aviation resources get involved. We use helicopters fairly often to pluck injured hikers/bikers off of the mountains around here and costs can quickly hit 30K +. There have been instances where if we didn’t use a helicopter, the injured party would have lost limbs. When you involve helicopters in a search and rescue, you are increasing the risk to the SAR team greatly. It is not something to take lightly. 2 of our SAR members have been involved in helicopter crashes (myself included) and luckily walked away without any serious injuries. We have had several other close calls. So don’t have the mentality of “just send a helicopter”, because it’s not that simple. If it’s not a matter of “life or limb”, we generally won’t use one. 9. Talk to your local SAR team and ask them for advice for your specific area. 10. Volunteer with your local SAR team and take a Wilderness First Responder course. Getting a few (or a lot) of friends together to do your own search and rescue can sometime be helpful, but just be aware that if any agency gets involved in an official capacity, having a bunch of untrained people doing their own thing can create more problems and slow things down considerably. Following all of these suggestions is a lot to ask and I know I don’t always do it, but if you can do a few of these, it just might help. Simply put: Be smart and make good decisions!