In conjunction with SOLO, we are proud to offer wilderness medicine.
We offer both Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder.
Our courses are usually held at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor's
Center and/or other locations around the New Paltz area.
All climbers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts should take some type of wilderness
medical course - either Wilderness First Aid, or higher. You should also keep those skills fresh by
attending a course or refresher every few years. You owe it to your partners
you venture outdoors with!
Please click on the course name below to get more detailed information:
Wilderness First Aid - WFA
This is a two-day course designed specifically for outdoor enthusiasts,and
trip leaders. This 16-hour program covers topics ranging from preparation
and prevention to assessment and treatment. Classroom lectures and discussions
are supplemented by practical work and problem-solving exercises. The
emphasis is always on hands-on experience. Scenarios are an important
part of this training.
While much of the material appears to be standard emergency care information,
the backcountry emphasis with long-term care and evacuation complications
makes this course unique. Course material can be somewhat modified to
meet the specific needs of a group, i.e. cycling, kayaking, climbing,
etc. Since the principles of first aid are taught, this program is really
applicable to any emergency situation.
Wilderness First Responder - WFR
The Wilderness First Responder curriculum uses the principles of long-term
care, improvised resources, and varying environmental conditions as the
framework for learning. It was designed to provide outdoor leaders, guides,
and rangers with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings.
This 80-hour certification course meets DOT National Standards for First
Responder with additional protocols for extended-care situations. Like
all SOLO programs, the emphasis of the WFR is on prevention and decision-making.
The WFR addresses the issues of medico legal concerns, bloodborne pathogens
and infectious diseases. The Patient Assessment System, the foundation
of the course, trains students to determine what is going on with backcountry
patients. Other sessions provide instruction in traumatic situations as
well as medical emergencies. Environmental issues such as hypothermia
and heat injuries are dealt with in great detail. Practical simulations
and labs provide practice in backcountry leadership and rescue skills.
Please check our calendar for our most current offerings. We host them
in the spring and fall. If you need one sooner, please check the SOLO web-site for other courses throughout the country.
at the Mohonk Preserve