Jason and Deane headed South for a warm Florida weekend to teach CPR and Wilderness First Aid for the Florida Trails Association. A majority of the participants were volunteer trail building/maintenance crew leaders on the Florida National Scenic Trail. Quite a few in the CPR and Wilderness First Aid group were first responders, nurses, physician’s assistants, and doctors, and all were ready to throw down on some scenarios at Silver Springs State Park. They were a pleasure to teach and we hope to make a trip down to teach for the FTA again!
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Chris Davis and Ben Smith, fourth year medical students from MUSC and UNC-Chapel Hill respectively, visited Landmark Learning as part of the Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship earlier this month. The externship is a month long rotation where two students or residents work with Burke County EMS Special Operations paramedics in the field. They respond to various EMS calls and to search and rescue calls in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, Pisgah National Forest, Lake James, and South Mountains State Park. Burke County runs one of the busiest search and rescue operations east of the Mississippi. The motto “esse quam videri,” meaning “to be rather than to seem,” summarizes the nature of the externship as they practice medicine in the field rather than discussing it in the classroom. Here’s what they had to say about their visit to Landmark:
“As a rescuer who has performed several swiftwater rescue calls, I was impressed with the quality of education Landmark was providing in swiftwater rescue. The more people who have a basic understanding of operating in these sort of environments, the better. We were also able to sit in on a WFR refresher course, and it was quite refreshing to see the amount of hands-on scenarios being run, given most WFRs rarely provide medical care. This sort of practical training will hopefully allow the knowledge to be retained for when it matters.” – Ben Smith, CWEMSE MD-54
“Landmark Learning is where I got my start in emergency medicine, back in 2003 when I took a WFR with Justin. It was fantastic to see how much has changed and how much Landmark has grown since I was there last. One thing that definitely hasn’t changed though is the quality of the instructors and enthusiasm of the students!” — Chris Davis, CWEMSE MD-53
For more information about the externship: www.blueridgehealth.org/wildems
August 3-11 was a harsh 9 days as far as weather goes in Branson, MO. Despite not being a famous outdoor town, the students at the Eden Guides WFR had to deal with some classically wilderness challenges. In addition to August temperatures in the 100′s and humidity nearing 150%, Mother Nature threw some other weather related challenges our way. The 19 students and Instructors Jason Carter and Kevin Williams had to deal with inches of rain fall with thunderstorms and tornado warnings on nearly a daily basis. That led to a truly challenging WFR course for the students, but as usual they took to the challenge and all headed home certified and prepared to help folks…in all sorts of weather.
You know where Landmark Learning is now, but have you ever wondered how it began or where it is headed? Teresa Killian Tate just wrote an amazing article called, “Test Of Endurance” documenting Landmark Learning’s journey to becoming the leading national learning specialists for the outdoor community. Check out the full article here.
Below is a letter from a student that took a Wilderness First Responder Course with Landmark Learning:
Things have been pretty busy this summer. I’m a rock climbing, rappelling and zip-lining guide in Skagway, Alaska. I take mostly cruise ship guests on tours so the season got crazy in July – I once worked nearly 120 hours in two weeks! I still find a little extra time to volunteer with the fire department here too in all three divisions – SAR, EMS, and fire.
I wanted to write in and say how much I enjoyed your May 2013 Wilderness First Responder course. I really can’t say enough good things about the exceptional quality of instruction we all received from you and Kevin. Your knowledge, together with your sense of humor, really helped everything stick with us and made this course by far the best class I’ve ever taken, anywhere, for anything. Our group also worked together really well and became fairly close – thanks to the luck of the draw or your ability to bring a group together, or both. The facilities also went above and beyond my expectations and I found the Nook to be a super cozy, beautiful place to stay. Thanks to this course, I also remembered how fascinating the subject is to me and made it a point to begin volunteering at the fire department the first week I arrived in town to keep up and improve on my skills. We even recently had a long overnight back-country search and rescue. I remember thinking ‘this is that long term patient care Padj and Kevin told us about.’
This summer I was sure I wanted to recertify as an EMT. Even though North Carolina is pretty far out of the way for me, I just started registering for the 30 September to 19 October EMT-B Intensive course. It’s totally worth the distance and I really can’t wait. I’m looking forward to a very fun, well-rounded course to help me contribute more to the fire department and help me prepare for handling emergencies in any other situation I could encounter.
See you next month!
Justin and Mairi Padgett were pleased to attend and present at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 2013 Biennial Conference. There were an estimated 1000 registrants this year from all over the East coast. Some came to represent their region, some came to hike, some came to learn and pick up tips from others while some just come to hang out. A great mix of folks attended Mairi’s workshop on “Leave No Trace – Frontcountry”, and Justin’s workshop on “Common Medical Problems in the Backcountry”.
Thanks to all that came and enjoyed our workshops and the workshops of all the conference volunteers. And a special thanks to Joe Deloach and his AV wizard crew for their support! We look forward to seeing you back to Cullowhee!
Check out the video of the conference here.
Justin S. Padgett, MS, NREMTP, WEMT
Landmark Learning Executive Director
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On May 26, 2013, eighteen solidly competent WFRs were certified and sent off into the world after a particularly fun and exciting course out in Murfreesboro, TN.
While most of the lessons took place in the beautiful and renowned Recreation building on MTSU’s campus, a couple of the bigger scenarios took us to the Wilderness Station at nearby Barfield-Crescent Park. The winding wooded trails led students to an incredible array of mossy boulders and deep rock crevices that became the site of a mock hot-air balloon crash, where the entire class had to act fast and act together to rescue multiple patients with critical injuries. Students had to battle steep terrain, slick mud, ominously overcast skies and even a brief downpour while they performed thorough assessments and and life-saving interventions before actually having to carry patients out of the woods to definitive care.
The class returned to the Wilderness Station later in the course for an extended evening rescue, which took place further down the trail and even deeper in the woods – and under the light of a full moon! Overall, the week was filled with incredible weather, countless learning opportunities and thoughtful classroom discussions that really showed the instructors just how committed the students were to the whole experience. We wish you all the very best in all your adventures from here on out – and don’t forget, the learning never stops. Keep those questions coming, champions!
-Laura and Scott
Landmark instructor Jason Carter got to head to one of the YMCA’s after-school bases at Beaverdam in North Asheville to teach a weekend Wilderness First Aid course. It was the first time teaching to the YMCA, whose summer programs takes school aged children out to the woods of wild and wonderful Western North Carolina to check out the many hiking trails and swimming holes. They work hard to make sure the kids are having fun and staying safe. It was a great course and we got to use the space at Beaverdam which has a community garden, climbing tower, several acres of woods and trails, and a mascot: a rabbit named Hazel. It was a great weekend and it’ll be great to be back for more first aid and lifeguard training in the future!
A great WUMP course finished up at Landmark Learning on June 21, 2013. Instructors Justin Doroshenko and Deane Hodde were joined by an excited bunch of students for 5 days of a wilderness medicine extravaganza! Several students had just finished up our EMT-Basic Intensive, including our fabulous Landmark Semester students, Michael and Leigh.
As I am coming to the close of the Landmark Learning Semester, I look back at all of the skills I was able to learn from their expert staff. It is hard to imagine, that it was over a month ago that I was on the lake practicing my “J” stroke in a canoe, setting up swim areas, and making protected entries into the water. My throw rope may have dried off weeks ago, but it feels just like yesterday that we were jumping into the river to pull people out.
When I think about going through the EMT course, I have to give a great thanks to Landmark’s excellent instructing team. Their teaching methods helped me go from not having any medical experience, to feeling comfortable and confident with my skills. The time we were able to spend on clinical, with local Emergencies Rooms, and local EMS was an invaluable experience. I was nervous going in, but now, I couldn’t imagine having to do it in a different way.
I would say that I am glad that the semester is over — marking the start of my summer — but knowing that my time at Landmark is over dulls that feeling a bit. Being around such friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff for the past forty days has definitely made a lasting impression on me. The atmosphere that they provide here makes is very conducive to learning, and the make it fun.
Thanks for making my time spent with you guys so enjoyable and rewarding.