Applying the SOAP NOTE format to Avalanche Safety: by Fay Johnson   S: (Subjective Information) When choosing to venture into avalanche prone areas, first do some homework. Go online to www.avalanche.org to access Avalanche Forecast Centers that provide critical information regarding past and present snowpack and weather information. If you plan to travel to mountainous…




When venturing into the backcountry, evaluating the avalanche hazard requires an understanding of the terrain, weather and snowpack of the area in which you intend to travel. Regardless of how much care is taken, it is possible that someone may be caught in an avalanche. Prior planning may help you or your partner survive. Statistics…

Coming up: 5-day WFR Course in Costa Rica Join Boreal River for a week long Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course and paddling adventure on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Starting on February 19th 2017. Combine training with travel in the tropics The 5-day WFR format lets you prepare for the course at your leisure…

From WMA Instructor Greg Hren: I love being part of the WMA family. Having taken my first WFR class over a decade ago, its amazing to appreciate how much one eight-day period can change a life. First and foremost, what I love about teaching is the people we get to meet and the places we…

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When venturing into the backcountry, evaluating the avalanche hazard requires an understanding of the terrain, weather and snowpack of the area in which you intend to travel. Regardless of how much care is taken, it is possible that someone may be caught in an avalanche. Prior planning may help you or your partner survive. Statistics…

Q: The new medical advisor of our guiding company has advised us not to distribute over-the-counter medication to our clients. What is your opinion? Technically, one could argue that giving medication under these circumstances (paid guide giving to a client, non-family member) could be considered practicing medicine without a license.  Many school nurses are prohibited from dispensing…

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By: Dollie Chase “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Thirty women made history in Freeport, Maine the weekend of May 18-19 when L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School sponsored Wilderness Medical Associates’ first ever Women’s-Only WFA course. Five years in the making, this course was the brainchild of Sawyer Alberi, a former Flight Medic…

FREEPORT, ME – L.L. Bean has partnered with Wilderness Medical Associates to offer a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. This course, unlike the standard Wilderness First Aid, is available exclusively for women. WFA training is imperative for people who are looking to experience outdoor adventure, safely, giving you the knowledge and confidence to assess and…

As you may know, a number of people from a variety of wilderness training organization wrote a Scope of Practice (SOP) document in 2010 for Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses.  The intent was to clearly articulate what we believe to be the intended audience of such a course and what a graduate of a 16 hour WFA should be trained…

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  Winding Waters River Expeditions in Joseph, Oregon is hosting a Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) course through Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) International. The unique course will take place over 6 days on a rafting trip on the Snake River through Hells Canyon, September 4 – 9, 2013. The WALS course is WMA International’s most…