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ABOUT M.L. ROWLAND
How far would you go to save the life of a stranger? Jump out of a helicopter into four feet of snow? Sleep outside in the winter?
Dangle on a rope over the edge of a cliff?
M.L. Rowland has done all of these things and
more in the line of service as a
mountain Search and Rescue volunteer.
Born, raised and, except for one year of high school in Hawaii, schooled kindergarten through college in Michigan, Rowland comes by her adventurous spirit honestly. Her mother pioneered for women’s rights in the early 1960’s. Her father—a neurosurgeon and marine scientist—was a world traveler and member of The Explorer’s Club. After college, Rowland lived and worked in Florida, Missouri, Connecticut and New York City, finally settling in the mountains of southern California where she joined the
local Search and Rescue (SAR) team.
During her twelve years on Search and Rescue, Rowland participated in hundreds of search and rescue missions and trainings, including technical ropes rescues, helicopter insertions and evacuations, and searches for lost children, hikers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and criminal evidence, in alpine, desert and urban environments. She served as the team’s Training Officer and participated in community events and public speaking engagements. Trained in land navigation, and desert and winter survival, including avalanche awareness and self-arrest, she holds a certification in tracking from
the State of California.
Rowland also served as a member and on the Board of a Colorado County Sheriff’s Department All-Hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) which manages local search and rescue operations, brush and wildfires, planned community events and other
Rowland is an avid political activist, naturalist and environmentalist. She is an accomplished painter and loves to snorkel. At the top of her bucket list: snorkeling with whale sharks. She has traveled to all fifty United States and throughout the world. As often as possible, she hikes and explores the canyons of Utah.
At the top of her list today is fighting to keep Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monuments from being downsized and destroyed by mining and mineral extraction.
Rowland lives with her husband at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado.
Photo by Bonnie Towne
Photos by M.L. Rowland
Photos by Mark H. Rowland/Bonnie Towne/Nancy Chichester
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