2009 Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC)

banner1About the Wilderness Risk Management Conference:

The 2009 Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) will be held in Durham, NC between October 14-16, 2009. The objective of this conference is to effectively educate outdoor/medical professionals and enthusiasts in relieving risks that may occur in the wilderness. This workshop is sponsored by NOLS, Outward Bound, and Student Conservation Association (SCA).

Wilderness Medical Associates is excited to announce that some of our own instructors (Dr. David Johnson, Bill Frederick, Deb Ajango, and Jon Tierney) will be conducting various workshops at the conference. Leading up to the conference, we will be periodically featuring these instructors and  topics included in their workshops.

Resources and Updates About the Wilderness Risk Management Conference:

WFR Energy is Contagious

What a treat to switch gears, hop on a plane and see Wilderness Medical Associates’ training in the field.  For three days I visited WMA sponsors in the spectacular mountains of western North Carolina.  Instead of doing my desk job as General Manager,  I got a glimpse of WMA Wilderness First Responder courses and instructors in full swing.

mountains-of-ncIn the course of meeting with sponsors, I was able to sit in on some Wilderness First Responder classes.  I was quite impressed with the energy and excellent teaching skills of our instructors.  It was exciting to witness our brilliant curriculum taught with hands-on learning and engaging lectures.  To see eager students “get” the PAS system, learn the lingo, and apply it in practice.

It was a gratifying privilege to see the combined efforts of so many people come together in the field – the hard work of the sponsors, instructors, office support team, and diligent students.   I’m so pleased to be part of this successful (and FUN!) program that teaches folks how to prevent and handle back country medical emergencies.

Anne Rugg
General Manager
Wilderness Medical Associates

Where’s the Man?: South Branch Lake in Maine

wheresthemanjudi The man has been spotted fishing on South Branch Lake in Maine. Judi sent in this photo from her birthday weekend. Check back to see where the man will be travelling to next.

Don’t forget! At the end of the year, we will select the 3 best submissions. The winners will receive $100 cash prize.  Send in a picture of yourself wearing your WMA course t-shirt to webmaster@wildmed.com in order to be eligible for the prizes.

A Flurry of Wilderness Medical Training in Western North Carolina

Summer camp and river guiding adventures are about to start!  Wilderness Medical Associates is in the thick of preparing hundreds of folks with 10 wilderness medicine courses running in the mountains of western  North Carolina.

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Fay Johnson (right) and I (left) are visiting WMA sponsor camps hidden in these beautiful mountains – Falling Creek Camp, Camp Greenville, Blue Star Camp, Camp Mondamin and some other sponsors (Brevard College and Broadreach in Raleigh).  It’s such a treat to visit our awesome instructors, talk with sponsors, and soak up the youthful energy of camp counselors and outing staff.

This trip reminds me of my own wonderful camp experiences and work as a wilderness trip leader in New England.  Back in the day, we had NO wilderness medical training. Yikes!

By the end of next week, North Carolina will be a safer place because 250+ people will be newly certified in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or as Wilderness First Responders.

Anne Rugg
General Manager
Wilderness Medical Associates

Sponsor Photos:

Bottom left: JJ of Camp Carolina, WMA Sponsor
Bottom right: Susan Breen of Blue Star Camps, WMA Sponsor

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Where’s the Man?: St. Lucia

WMA instructor Carl Blondell just sent us the photos below, taken in the St. Lucia, an island nation in the eastern Carribbean Sea.  Check back to see where the man is travelling to next!

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Don’t forget… At the end of the year, we will select the 3 best submissions. The winners will receive $100 cash prize.  Send in a picture of yourself wearing your WMA course t-shirt to webmaster@wildmed.com in order to be eligible for the prizes.

MedWAR – Upcoming Races

Click here for the dates of the upcoming MedWAR races! MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) tests your wilderness survival skills through unique events combined with adventure racing.

WMA Canada instructors Dugg Steary and Mike Webster have been responsible for writing, developing, and coordinating all medical scenarios for MedWAR North for the past 5 years. Recently, WMA Canada instructors Aaron Orkin MD and Dave Vanderburgh MD have joined the simulation writing team. Other WMA Canada instructors including Lisa Barrett, James Innes, and Marty Pomerleau have been proctors and race officials at previous MedWAR North events.