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

The second week of YCP was action packed! On Monday and Tuesday, the crew earned their Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications through Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute and SOLO Outdoor Medicine. YCP spent the remainder of the week in field and it was all teamwork to accomplish some heavy lifting.

Before photo of some of the materials YCP transported out of the backcountry.

On Wednesday, at the Phelps Lake outlet bridge, the crew removed five large piles of old bridge materials left from last year’s work replacing two support structures known as cribs. Each crew member made an estimated 10 trips carrying materials with and without wheelbarrows and each trip to and from the staging area was roughly 3/4 of a mile. Add this to the 3 mile round-trip hike to the site and the crew hiked nearly 10 miles and moved tons of material in one day.

After YCP’s hard work cleaning up the unsightly old bridge materials, it is difficult to tell they were ever there!

YCP followed one arduous day with another on Thursday as they transported even more materials (trail crew is HARD WORK!)—this time in support of the Jenny Lake Renewal Project. The crew fire-lined over 20,000 pounds of various fill and stone materials from helicopter bags to the work site. They listened to a brief talk on dry-stone masonry techniques from an NPS trail crew leader before finishing the week feeling strong alongside the NPS crew. After a demanding week, YCP leaders expressed great pride for the amazing work and positive attitudes the 2018 participants are bringing to the trail.

YCP ending the week with Grand Teton trail crew, including 3 YCP alumni!

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