On June 30, several Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) staff experienced rock climbing for the first time at Crack-in-the Rocks, a unique rock formation near the Blue Heron Interpretive Center. Crack-in-the-Rocks holds approximately 35 sport and traditional routes. Park rangers from Obed Wild and Scenic River led the program and provided the necessary experience, including safety supervision. Individuals tried three different routes, and many successfully ascended the 60-foot rock wall. When asked if they would try climbing again, one YCC youth asked, “Can we come back tomorrow?” The YCC youths learned to push themselves and build confidence through a new experience.
The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15-18, to work on projects to protect public lands. The YCC program is one that trains young people and provides outdoor work that is supervised by a trained crew leader. Participants gain valuable professional experience working on National Park Service lands and learn how to use tools, safe work habits, teamwork, and how conservation projects benefit the environment and protect cultural and historical resources.
While rock climbing is allowed in the park, there are a few rules to observe. For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/climbing.htm.