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Wilderness medicine courses offered in Eagle County

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Wilderness medicine classes are an essential tool for all that work, recreate and travel in the outdoors. Don’t wait for something to go wrong on an expedition to learn about backcountry trauma and treatment. With a little bit of wilderness medicine training, you can work to prevent accidents and be prepared for unavoidable ones.

Through their partnership with SOLO Wilderness Medicine, Apex Mountain School will be offering Wilderness First Responder certification and re-certification courses starting in June. Wilderness First Responder certification courses are June 3-10 and Nov. 4-11, Wilderness First Responder re-certification courses are June 2-3, July 14-15, and Nov. 17-18.

“The Wilderness First Responder certification is now the most widely recognized, and the most often required, outdoor leader certification,” said Scott Smith, director of Apex. “SOLO’s WFR curriculum is designed to provide outdoor leaders, guides, rangers, and enthusiasts with the knowledge to prevent and deal with crises in remote settings.”

SOLO’s Wilderness Medicine curriculum focuses on the principles of long-term care, improvised resources, and varying environmental conditions as the framework for instruction and learning. This 80-hour Wilderness First Responder course places an emphasis on prevention and decision making over treatment.

“The foundation of Apex Mountain School and SOLO Wilderness Medicine WFR courses is the Patient Assessment System, which trains students on the fundamentals of identifying and assessing the severity of, and treatment options for, various patient injuries,” Smith said. “Training is comprised of class sessions followed up with mock scenarios which include the identification and treatment of traumatic injuries, environmental hazards and injuries, legal considerations and patient evacuation.”

Whether you are a mountain biker, backpacker, ice or rock climber, skier, snowmobiler, hunter, camper or professional guide, obtaining and staying current with a Wilderness First Responder certification is an important skill to have. There are no prerequisites for the full course, and students who successfully complete the Wilderness First Responder course will receive a SOLO Wilderness First Responder card and an American Heart Association Adult Heartsaver CPR card (or equivalent). 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 $675. The cost for the recertification course is $290, plus $35 for the CPR update.

Apex Mountain School is a guiding agency that specializes in rock and ice climbing, rappelling, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, mountaineering, avalanche education, wilderness medicine, backcountry survival,and corporate team building in the Vail Valley and beyond. To learn more about Apex and register for upcoming wilderness medicine courses visit their website, http://www.apexmountainschool.com, or call 888-MTN-SOUL (686-7685) or 970-949-9111.

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