The National Park Service has been keenly aware of the problem of safety, especially after the number of accidents in the Tetons in recent summers, and has organized a mountain rescue program in the Tetons, at Rainier and in Yosemite. There is still a need for safety pamphlets or bulletins, as previously suggested, to be distributed by those parks where mountain climbing is done. It is well to mention here again the very fine Mountain Climbing and Rescue Training School which was sponsored by the National Park Service at Mount Rainier National Park in September 1948. This type of mountaineering school should be continued at least every few years. Persons who are too distant probably would not attend, but might be interested in the outline of the course if it were made available. This outline could then be used by other groups for their own training programs.
Mr. John Doerr, of the National Park Service, has visited the American Alpine Club and discussed mountain safety problems with its Safety Committee. On the basis of this discussion, the National Park Service has been cooperating fully to continue the National Safety Campaign.
Chairman, N.P.S. Safety Committee:
John E. Doerr, Chief Naturalist
National Park Service