Ranger Kathryn's Arches

March 12, 2010

Basic Technical Rescue, Part 1: The Announcement

Filed under: 1 — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:33 pm
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Boss Nancy walked out to the visitor desk where I was working, although no visitors were around. She stared at me in disbelief. “You got into that course,” she sputtered. “The course I told you you’d never get into. You were selected.”

It took a second or two for me to realize what she was talking about: Basic Technical Rescue, an intensive five-day outdoor course taught entirely on cliffs. (It teaches rope rescue techniques for those in wilderness or climbing or river-rafting or other situations with an injured or ill person.) It’s an annual course taught by NPS personnel for only 40 selected participants from all over the park system in our country.

I was so elated I looked for somewhere to do a middle-aged cartwheel. This is SUCH a dream of mine. And my boss had told me that I would have no chance, competing against full-time permanent NPS employees who are hired with rescue in mind. “That course has a waiting list every year,” she said while shaking her head. “I still don’t know what happened.”

This grin on my face accompanies me all day…

click to enlarge first paragraph of announcement letter


  1. I’m grinning with ya!!! Woooo-hoooo!!!! Now… if THAT’S not a sign that the NPS is your future, I don’t know what IS! You go, girl!

    Comment by Becky — March 13, 2010 @ 12:29 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, I think God is on your side sis! He is making this happen for you! Have fun!

    Comment by Chris — March 13, 2010 @ 6:13 am | Reply

  3. You Da Woman! When is the course and where?

    Comment by Kathryn — March 13, 2010 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  4. You Da Woman! When is the course and where?
    from Mom, (not Kathryn)

    Comment by Kathryn — March 13, 2010 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  5. That is so awesome Kathryn!! How many of us can say we are qualified to do something like that?? Good for you and if I ever go rock climbing, I want you along 🙂

    Comment by Snow — March 25, 2010 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

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