Renovate the Tuolumne Search and Rescue Base Camp – 2018

Renovate the Tuolumne Search and Rescue Base Camp – 2018

This grant funds new tents and wood stoves to improve the living situation of the Search and Rescue volunteers and staff at the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, who provide invaluable services to park visitors. Photo: NPS.

Every summer, Search and Rescue volunteers and staff based at the Tuolumne Meadows Campground provide invaluable services, from operating an ambulance to performing technical rescues on rock walls. Over time, the canvas tents at the SAR team’s seasonal base camp have suffered wear and tear, making them inadequate in face of the variable, often harsh high country weather.

This grant funded new tents and wood stoves for the team, bettering the living situation for a group of critical personnel. Thanks to the improved conditions at the base camp, SAR team members can rely on comfortable, sturdy housing while they donate their time and talents to keep people safe. The upgraded housing will also encourage volunteers to return year after year, bringing back instrumental knowledge of local terrain and techniques.

Your gift improved housing for a vitally important team dedicated to protecting lives in Yosemite.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue.

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Project Notes
New tent houses better protect Yosemite’s search and rescue volunteers for their summer work shifts.

Improved housing helps retain exceptional Search and Rescue employees who provide an invaluable service to the park. Enabling Search and Rescue Personnel to remain in close proximity to one another strengthens team cohesion, and in turn provides a better service to visitors and other parties in need of Yosemite Search and Rescue assistance

Aaron E. Smith
Protection Ranger
Yosemite National Park