Posts Tagged: wilderness medical associates

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…


Even though summer is coming to an end, lightning remains an ongoing risk. Grand Canyon National Park published reports that between 1997 and 2000, there were 104,294 strikes in the canyons. Before embarking on your adventure, it is important to prepare yourself to avoid such risk. Below are some key things to note to prevent the risk of lightning strike.

Tourniquets have a checkered history past and current combat in the SW Asian theaters has drawn new attention to them.

Walking through the first aid aisle at your local outfitter store can be overwhelming. While there are many excellent prepared kits on the market, often enthusiasts choose to create and specialize their own.  Your kit will be different based on where you are camping and hiking. Trips at altitude, near marine environments or canyoning, and…

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newly revised, spiral-bound Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine and the fold-out Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Guide. Each reflects our understanding of current advances in the medicine utilized in wilderness and low-resource settings; while both retain their simplicity and practical utility.

29 June was the first anniversary of Tom’s death.  He continues to be an inspiration to all of us.  He is missed.

Michelle Murphy, an instructor for WMA, sent in this great photo of her daughter, Scout, experiencing her first paddling adventure on the Damariscotta River in Maine. Alongside Scout is WMA instructor Gabe Gunning. Don’t forget! At the end of the year, we will select the 3 best submissions. The winners will receive $100 cash prize. …

About the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine: Mountain Destinations will be hosting the 23rd annual National Conference on Wilderness Medicine between July 29, 2009 and August 2, 2009 in Big Sky, MT. The objective of this conference is to teach both practical and theoretical skills to medical/outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. After completing this course, participants…

Ann Dunphy, a lead instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates, submitted this story to us regarding a student from a recent Wilderness First Responder Training: I just needed to share a beautiful WFR story.  In the morning of day 4, my student Mike came in and told me we saved his mother’s life. He started with “Ann you…

About 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…