Trail Talk: Behind the scenes with Grand Teton National Park’s Youth Conservation Program – Week 2

At the beginning of the second week of YCP, the final two participants arrived, bringing the crew to a solid 22 members. The group returned to Jenny Lake where they performed more rehabilitation work around the new Chasm Bridge and improved a trail re-route for horses near Inspiration Point. Both efforts are part of the Jenny Lake Renewal Project, in which the YCP has played a key role over the course of five summers. Aside from the enormous amount of material the crew has moved, this week they strategically positioned rocks on former trails to discourage use while allowing native vegetation to return.

YCP after a long work day near the Chasm Bridge. Each crew member carried out large grain bags previously used to transport material via helicopter.

The second half of the week was filled with hands-on medical training that began with a refresher on bleeding control with park EMTs. This was followed by two days of Wilderness First Aid training with Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute. Each crew member participated in a mix of experiential learning and real-life scenarios to sharpen their knowledge and skills of how to respond to emergencies in the backcountry. YCP also practiced their CPR skills.

Kate, Andrea, and Caroline perform a patient roll. Their victim, Thomas, is playing an unresponsive hiker while Instructor Jake Urban of J.H.O.L.I. provides tips.

Week two is in the books and YCP has some exciting new projects on the horizon. We look forward to seeing what they accomplish next!

Big thanks to Kevin Grange and YCP alum Sydney Bryan for showing the YCP around Medic 1 in Moose!

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