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Wilderness First Responder
All participants MUST register in advance via: Wilderness First Responder: This 72-hour course uses the principles of long-term patient care, improvised resources, and varying environmental conditions as the framework for responding to medical incidents in remote settings. Lecture, hands-on practice, and simulated rescues emphasize injury prevention and decision making in emergencies. Course graduates will receive CPR and Wilderness First Responder certificates. The WFR is the most widely accepted standard in wilderness medical care for professional outdoor leaders including mountain and river guides, wilderness trip leaders, camp and outing club leaders, rangers-anyone who is responsible for the safety and care of a group of people in the backcountry. This course takes an in-depth look at the underlying physiology of common and uncommon emergencies that you might encounter in the backcountry. It goes well beyond the WFA by taking a more detailed look at the mechanisms of injuries and illnesses - trauma, environmental issues like hypothermia, heat illnesses, high-altitude disorders - and explores the treatment of other, less common, life-threatening problems like head and chest trauma and acute abdominal illnesses and injuries as well as blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases. Long-term care, decision-making, organizing a rescue team and improvised rescues are covered in-depth. Includes CPR certification Program Highlights: •Comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. •Coverage of topics is much more extensive than two-day WFA courses with hands-on practice •Nationally recognized certification for 3 years Sample Itinerary: Day 1 8am Breakfast 9am Classroom & Practical Session 12n Lunch 1pm Classroom & Practical Session 5pm Break 6pm Dinner *Full course includes all meals from lunch on first day through lunch on last day; lodging for 8 nights- shared bunk room in the full service Joe Dodge Lodge , instruction, handouts, WFR and CPR certification with successful completion of course. Private rooms may be available for a higher rate. Instruction only: includes instruction, handouts, all lunches, WFR and CPR certification with successful completion of course. Past participants say... "The course exceeded my expectations because of how realistic and down to earth it was. It was engaging and outlined real problems we could encounter as well as worst case scenarios." Participant, "The course exceeded my expectations. The entire course was very informative and provided me with a sense of comfort in the backcountry."

AMC Joe Dodge Lodge

Route 16 · Gorham, NH


What we're about

The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region.

We believe these resources have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world.

Our 16,000 volunteers, 450 full time and seasonal staff, and 100,000 members, supporters, and advocates are central to our mission. Our staff offers outdoor experiences and programs focused on our Maine and New Hampshire huts and lodges, while our 12 chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C. offer a variety of local outdoor activities and skills workshops. Staff and volunteers also maintain over 1,800 miles of trails, support our conservation policy and research efforts, and work to get urban and at-risk youth outdoors.

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