Teton National Park
August 17, 2016
CNN Student News - August 17, 2016
Life and Death in Grand Teton National Park
The U.S. National Park Service, which overseas and maintains hundreds of national parks, monuments and historic sites officially turns 100 years old next week . Through the end of the month, we`re featuring a series of reports on the NPS.
And today, we`re taking you to Northwestern Wyoming. That`s the site of Grand Teton National Park, was first established in 1929 and many of those who work their today specialized in saving lives.
The majesty of the Tetons is what draws people here. There`s another layer, and that is I can look at the range and say, people have died there.
SUBTITLE: Life and death in Grand Teton National Park.
SCOTT GUENTHER, JENNY LAKE DISTRICT RANGER, GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK:
You can basically access any part of the Teton backcountry in a day`s hike.
That also means that it`s easy for people to get in trouble sometimes. They think, oh, I`m just going to climb the Grand Teton in a day and they may go in their sneakers and their running shorts. If somewhere along that way, they fall, they roll a boulder, they break their leg, now they`ve become something that could jeopardize their life.
RON JOHNSON, JENNY LAKE RANGER, GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK:
It`s kind of like climbing rangers. One of our primary jobs is to respond to any sort of rescue or search that might happen in the backcountry up in the mountains. That can run anywhere from a lost kid near the camp ground by Jenny Lake or he could be a major tragedy in the mountains involving several people in a climbing fall.
This is a mesh, a mash of steep terrain, rocky river cruisings, everything like that. So, if we do have to go out on a search or a rescue, it isn`t just one simple technique. It`s a combination of everything. It may be partly flying to get close to where the patient is. It may be ladder transport, maybe steep terrain and lowering ropes and everything else.
In our work, when we were off in a rescue, there are times when the situation will be heinous. Being able to look at someone, your colleague, and know that they are there for you and you are there for them is a bond that is rare and almost any other sort of work group.
At the end of a big rescue, we might have brought a husband, a father, a mother, a daughter, and that in turn has an impact on us. I can`t be more proud to be a Jenny Lake ranger. It`s awesome.
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