Craig McClure on ropes

Craig McClure

Crackerjack founder Craig McClure is a 12 year Search and Rescue veteran in the Pacific Northwest.  He is currently a SAR Manager for Deschutes County OR, Rescue member of the MRA accredited mountain rescue team, an EMT, and specializes in technical and backcountry winter disciplines.  He holds an AIARE Avalanche level 2 certification and is an expert backcountry skier. Equally comfortable in the field or command, he’s served as the coordinator for the Incident Management team and is the longest standing active SAR Manager.  Craig serves on the Curriculum Committee of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Search and Rescue Advisory Council, and is a co-author and instructor of the state SAR Incident Management program.   In 2013 he was recognized as the state SAR Volunteer of the Year.  He is also a sworn Reserve Deputy and in addition to uniformed patrol works seasonally as a snowmobile patrol deputy. He is certified NRA Range Safety Officer. Craig brings a solid perspective on leadership, objective based management, and great personal experience as a field operator.

Craig McClure on ropes

Matt Trager

Working in public safety for 10+ years, Matt got his start in upstate New York working as an EMT and then a firefighter.  Learning to climb in the Shawangunk Mountains of NY, he grew interested in the rope rescue work that accompanied high angle environments and climbing.  Graduating with a degree in IT, and working in the financial industry in New York City, he was never satisfied working in an office environment.  In 2009 he moved to Bend Oregon to be closer to the mountains that he now lives and plays in almost every day.  Matt is currently the Mountain Rescue Team leader and Rescue level member for the MRA accredited Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Team.  He is an active EMT, specializing in remote environments and technical rescue.  He is an accomplished rock climber and backcountry skier and seamlessly integrates rescue techniques into these different disciplines.

Craig McClure on ropes

Eduardo Cartaya

Currently a law enforcement officer with the USFS, Eddy has deep experience in law enforcement, the military, and rescue.  He’s served as a tactical officer, SAR Coordinator for a National Park, and led international caving expeditions. He combines techniques from many rope access industries with extensive knowledge of use of force, firearms, military mountaineering, urban tactical rope work to make the most versatile, unique, and safe tactical access and mobility options currently available.  Cartaya has over 28 years’ experience in technical rope access from a myriad of industries, which collectively allow him to integrate the best and most applicable aspects of each industry to a customized solution for whatever vertical / tactical problem is faced, be it law enforcement based access for urban, structural, or wilderness  / alpine vertical environments, or technical rescue – access for caves, tree tops, alpine, cliff, swift water, or structures.  Specialties include single rope technique, rope climbing, remote rigging / access / building entry, pick offs for compliant and noncompliant subjects, vertical demonstrator access and removal, tactical tracking operations, suspect contacts in alpine or cave venues.

Woody at aid camp

Cornelius “Woody” Peeples, MD

Dr Peeples is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician and much more.  He understands the demands and constraints of performing medicine in austere environments and frequently participates in expeditions and training.  He’s a 13 year veteran reserve officer and sworn member of the Bend PD Tactical Team, and physician advisor to teams with the USFS and FBI.  He also serves as the medical director to Deschutes County SAR and Timberline Mountain Guides.  While still a practicing ER physician in Bend, he’s traveled to Africa and the Middle East as a humanitarian and physician.

Hadley on Tactical Op

B. Hadley Hawkins

B. Hadley Hawkins recently retired as a Special Agent with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Department of Agriculture. Prior to being a special agent he was a uniformed patrol officer for the U.S. Forest Service and a wildland firefighter. Hadley was a Firearms Instructor for 10 years certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia and traveled around Oregon and Washington conducting training for the USFS and Bureau of Land Management. He is a current NRA Range Safety Officer. He served as an instructor at the Law Enforcement Mountain Operations School (LEMOS) in northern Idaho which trains law enforcement agencies on winter survival and tactics. He became the Team Leader and established the Regional Reconnaissance Team for the USFS and conducted missions throughout Oregon and Washington on illegal marijuana grows. As a uniformed patrol officer he conducted backcountry winter patrol operation on a weekly basis on snowmobile that included search and rescue operations and medical calls with evacuation by helicopter or ground in the winter environment. As a wildland firefighter he served on Interagency Hotshot Crews, fire engines and helicopter crews.