Trail Talk: A Window into Grand Teton National Park’s Youth Conservation Program – Week 4

If you happened to see a YCP member heading home this week with blood and bruises all over their body, fear not, it was just educational. The crew began the workweek with their brains, attending two intensive days of a Wilderness First Aid class led by teachers from the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. This class covered advanced topics such as dislocation, epinephrine administration, and general first aid. Members of the YCP learned to make sound decisions in the wilderness and prepared themselves for future emergency situations.

First aid class

A YCP crew member modeling various splinting techniques in the first aid class.

The last half of the week brought them back out on the trail as they neared completion of the Bradley Lake footbridge. The crew used cross cut saws and chisels to flatten 48 feet of logs for a walking surface. The team mastered carpentry skills as they learned how to make flat notches and saddle notches. The YCP also completed three tiers of support cribs that will be installed in the center of the structure next week.

“I really liked flattening the logs with chisels because it’s very therapeutic and I can really see the progress I made when I look back at the log.” Eric

All in all, it was a great week filled with educational experiences and hard work!

Bridge work @Bradley Lake

A couple of YCP ladies enjoying beautiful weather, amazing views, and conversation while hard at work.

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