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Wilderness First Aid, Jan 6-7, 2018

From: Terrie
Sent on: Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:52 PM

Season's Greetings Mountaineers!

Peeling the gift wrap off a new pair of skis can raise your heart rate a couple of beats as you visualize lofted powder, dotted by evergreens, under an azure and marshmallow sky. Did you get any gear for Christmas? New base layers, a pack, trekking poles?

Planning your adventures for 2018 is exciting! You likely do a good bit of research and put a lot of thought into the type of experiences you want to create. Have you put any thought into what you would do if you encountered an unexpected emergency while in a remote area? As much as you crave disconnecting from the chains of technology, have you prepared yourself to cope without them?

· Estimated 50,000 U.S. SAR operations annually

· 40% of SAR events in National Parks involve hikers

· Average per-day cost of full scale SAR operation - $32,000

The take-away? Backcountry emergencies are not uncommon; they don’t always involve technical activity like climbing; rescue teams are heavily impacted by each event.

Regardless of your level of experience or training in your preferred outdoor activity, backcountry travel carries inherent risks. As a community, outdoor enthusiasts need to responsibly play in our wilderness - training in Wilderness First Aid should be a priority in planning an outdoor itinerary.

This is so important, we at Peak Skills feel that even if you can’t or won’t pursue WFA training, we encourage you to make sure you’re participating in your outdoor activities with someone who is trained.

Let’s look out for each other; build community; play responsibly.

Check out this WFA offering:

https://www.meetup.com/maainternational/events/245919042/

and let me know if you have any questions.

Terrie

 

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