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Wilderness emergency training in Vail Valley in May

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” A course in Colorado’s Vail Valley May will train people to deal with medical emergencies in the backcountry.

Apex Mountain School, a mountain skills training and private guiding business based in Avon, will again offer its Wilderness First Responder full-certification course from May 3-10, 2009, in addition to a Wilderness First Responder recertification course on May 2-3, 2009.

Apex Mountain School is partnering with SOLO Wilderness Medicine and Vail Valley-based Nova Guides on the course.

“Our course curriculum and certification is provided by SOLO and is taught by one of the best instructors I’ve seen in action, at one of the nicest locations available ” Nova’s Lodge at Camp Hale,” says Scott Smith, director of Apex Mountain School. “It’s an excellent way for us, as an organization, to give back to the mountain community by offering courses that prepare people for safer backcountry travel.”

The 80-hour course is designed to provide outdoor leaders, guides, and rangers with the knowledge to deal with crises in remote settings. Students are trained to recognized medical problems such as infection diseases, trauma, hypothermia and heat injuries.

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“To increase learning and comprehension, we complement our classroom sessions with indoor and outdoor mock scenarios and simulations,” Smith said.

Hunters, hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, campers and professional guides can all benefit from the course, Smith said.

There are no prerequisites for the full course, and students who successfully complete the course will receive a SOLO Wilderness First Responder card and an American Heart Association Adult Heartsaver CPR card. Syllabus, first aid book, and workbook are included in your course fee and will be provided on the first day of your course. Price for the full course is $665. The cost for the recertification course is $255, plus $35 for the CPR update.

To register, visit http://www.apexmountainschool.com, or calling 888-MTN-SOUL (686-7685), or 970-949-9111.

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