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WFR at Landmark Learning

Rob and Dan recently finished the March Wilderness First Responder class at the Landmark Learning base.  The instructors and students experienced some serious spring fever with the predictably unpredictable mountain weather starting with snow and transitioning into beautiful sunny days.   Students came from as far as Alaska, but we had an unusually strong local representation from right here in Jackson country, North Carolina.  Thanks for a great week everybody!  We're looking forward to hearing some WFR stories from our latest bunch!

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Climbing To The Top Article Featuring Landmark Learning

“It’s about having different tools, so when one tool fails you have another one,” said Justin Padgett, instructor for the swift water rescue course and co-founder of Landmark Learning, the Cullowhee-based outdoor training school administering the course. “A lot of what we do is to help our students develop judgment, and they develop judgment with experience.” Recently, Holly Kays interviewed Justin Padgett and wrote an article "Climbing to the top: Local school a hub for outdoor training", featured in the Smoky Mountain News.

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NOAA WFR Recertification

Instructors Justin Padgett "Padj" and Justin Doroshenko "Doro", were proud to visit and teach the researchers and field technicians at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration office in Oakridge Tennessee.  These folks use their WFR on remote trips across the country to build, maintain and repair weather stations.  Most of these students are career folks with over 20 years doing what they do.  Extraordinary folks with a passion for meteorology and gizmos create data.  It's rewarding to teach folks that recognize prevention trumps medicine.  Smiles from Cullowhee, NC to our friends at...
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NY Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Call on Justin Padgett

Justin Padgett was requested by the New York Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to conduct a presentation on the Landmark Learning Community Relief Medic program in Montour Falls, NY March 29-30, 2014.  It seems that the time is appropriate after what we have learned in large disasters since 2001.  The opportunity to expand the role of First Responders affiliated with Fire and Rescue services is here.  The Community Relief Medic training program promotes advanced refusal of care plans (disposition) and advanced decision making on the part...
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A Student's Reflection: EMT-Basic Intensive

The first time that I ever heard of Landmark Learning was during a 6 week Americorps program while in Arizona. During my time there while participating in an outdoor leadership development, one of our assisgnments entailed detailing a plan for our short term goals. I was already apiring to start in the field of wildland/structural firefighter but I knew that training in EMS would greatly help me with both of those jobs. I also knew that I wanted to start down the path of a career that involved medicine, but was not sure on even when to get started. My Crewleader suggested that I begin by taking an EMT-Basic...
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Bill Hodge of The Wilderness Society Receives White House “Champion of Change” Award

Bill Hodge

At a ceremony March 18, The White House honored Bill Hodge of The Wilderness Society with a Champion of Change Award for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders, meant to “celebrate local leaders across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.” Hodge was honored for his work connecting young people with conservation and forest stewardship projects as the director of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) program at...
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On March 16, 2014 Landmark instructors Laura and Beth successfully graduated 29 new Wilderness First Responders and sent them off into the world with big smiles all around. This day marked the completion of the first WFR course ever held at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and it was a resounding success. We thoroughly enjoyed springtime temperatures in the 60s and 70s and spent much of our time outside, practicing splints and ankle taping in the sunshine and watching the cherry blossoms come into full bloom. Students thoroughly enjoyed the multitude of activities and scenarios that Beth and Laura kept throwing at them to test their critical thinking skills, although our most...
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WFR at Blowing Rock Conference Center

Scott and Kevin headed out to a windy Blowing Rock for an awesome course with 26 students. Blowing Rock Conference Center proved to be a great host for our 9 day Wilderness First Responder Course. We had a great course with very amazing students who were ready to learn. A big shout out from the instructional team to those students who made a great course happen!


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Making A Camping Trip More Bearable

Every year, campers hear and ignore advice on how to keep the site safe from bears. That's why if you plan on going camping, you need to watch this video from ZooMontana. Their two adult grizzlies make short work of campsite. Wait until you see what they do to a "bear-proof" cooler!

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WRMC Save The Date!

WRMC Atalanta

Attend the Wilderness Risk Management Conference and gain practical risk management skills, network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for the adventure and education industries. This year, the WRMC Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on October 1st-3rd. Mark your calendars now and click here to visit their Facebook page for the latest information.  

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