Camp 4, the walk-in campground on the north side of the Valley, serves as a home base for members of Yosemite’s Search and Rescue team. These highly skilled climbers support visitor outreach, help with stewardship projects, and participate in hundreds of emergency operations each year.

The Camp 4 tent cabins that house Search and Rescue volunteers have been in use for more than a decade and are showing signs of wear and tear. In 2015 and 2016, donors funded the replacement of four SAR shelters; this 2017 grant provided for another pair of new tents. In addition to ensuring SAR volunteers have a comfortable, safe place to live while they donate their time, the cabins provide seasonal housing for Student Conservation Association interns and volunteer climbing stewards, who help with restoration, research and public education throughout the park.

Your contribution tangibly improved living conditions for Yosemite’s vital volunteers. Read our blog post to meet a Search and Rescue volunteer and see why improved housing makes such a difference for the team.

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

Aaron E. Smith

Protection Ranger

Project Notes

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