Annie DeFrancia


United States



Annie took her first WFR course while studying Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. After graduating, she began instructing for the Colorado Outward Bound School where she combined her passions for experiential education, backcountry travel, and wilderness medicine. Later, Annie obtained her Paramedic certification, and has been ski patrolling at Purgatory Resort and working as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic in Durango. She especially enjoys working on the technical rope rescue team with the fire department.

In her free time, you will find Annie playing in the mountains and the desert, preferably embarking on some type of multi-sport adventure. Annie is passionate about outdoor recreation and exploring new places outside, and respects that there is an inherent risk associated with many of these activities. She believes it is each person’s responsibility to be a prepared, trustworthy, and educated partner by having the proper training to appropriately assess and mitigate risk, and to manage the “oh-crap” moments when they happen.

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Wilderness rescue students utilizing skills learned throughout courses.

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