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Remembering 9/11 and Preparing First Responders

Once again the September 11th rolls around and our memories fade of this horrible event.  It's human, and seems the American way to put harsh events behind you and focus on the present.  Socially it makes sense that we don't  want to cycle negative energy or harbor anxiety about possible similar events.  At the same time, history seems to repeat itself often, due to our short term memories (selective memories).  It is important that we learn from all disasters, natural and human made by mapping solutions, prevention and management strategies. 


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The State Decided No Fracking In WNC

Possible fracking in Western North Carolina has been one the biggest environmental hot topics this year among residents, environmentalists and those living in the surrounding communities of the potential drilling zone.  Environmentalist believe that drilling for shell gas deposits could potentially contaminate drinking-water supplies.

This week, the state has announced that they are retreating from their plan to collect rock samples in Jackson and other far-western counties to test for shale gas deposits. Landmark Learning is very proud of this decision. Read the full article, “Fracking off table in WNC; DENR cancels regional test”,...
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Brevard WFR

Patrick and I got to spend 9 days in beautiful Brevard to hang out with a great group of WFR students!  We had a break from the typically rainy Brevard weather and had sunny days to learn about wilderness medicine.  We also had some adventures off campus at the local Bracken Preserve.  A number of students came far and wide to bolster their trip leading and outdoor skillset, and students from Brevard College were kicking off their Wilderness Leadership and Experiential...
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Mingai: The Relief Medic Volunteer Program

MINGAI is a non-profit Foundation certified as a Center for First Aid Training which aims to spread First Aid in remote areas. The Mingai Organization is an Official Affiliate of NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and is a sister organization to Landmark Learning. All three institutions share a passion for developing courses that prepare students to assist, act and make decisions during critical times of emergency.  Landmark Learning works constantly with MINGAI in the development...
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Logging Some Miles With The Clemson Leave No Trace Master Educators!

 Rob and I were joined by 7 students on a 5 day Leave No Trace Master Educator Course.  We started at Clemson University for some classroom time and prepared for our 3 days in the woods.  Our backcountry portion was 3 days of backpacking in the Jocassee Gorges area of the Foothills trail.  We had a bunch of troopers willing to push through some tough miles on the stairs, and everyone now cringes a bit when they see a staircase :)  We wrapped up the course with our public outreach day at...
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WUMP Course at Landmark

This week hosted another great Wilderness Upgrade for the Medical Professional course at Landmark Learning. Medical professionals from all backgrounds, locations, and experience levels came to the mountains of North Carolina to polish their emergency skills and specialize in wilderness-based medicine. Numbering 20, the participants spent the week learning how to improvise complex splints, monitor patients in long-term rescue scenarios, and treat uncommon or rare backcountry medical emergencies.

All of this education came to a peak for a late night mass-casualty rescue...
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WCU Captures ‘Top Adventure College’ Title!

Landmark Learning is proud to see that our partner WCU has taken the 2014 title for top Adventure College in the Blueridge Outdoors "outdoor school" competion. Futher kudos to the Outdoor Programs "Cullowhee Basecamp",  academic program in Parks and Recreation Management and the super dedicated faculty that support both.  From Landmark Learning to WCU - congratulations on your 2014 recognition!   To read the full article in The Sylva Herald, click here.


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Lake Logan Sprint Triathalon

We are pleased to announce that we had two teams this year and we both placed in the Lake Logan Sprint Triathalon.  We had some smokin' swims, high steppin' runs and a bike leg that was fraut with challenges.  The bikers were off their bikes quite a bit doing maintenance.  But nonetheless Team Duece comes in 2nd overall with Beth Boehme (swim) Justin Doroshenko (bike) and Jason Carter (run).  Team Numero Uno comes in 3rd, just 3 minutes behind our first team with Justin Padgett (swim), Rob Barham (bike) and Jon JLo Lowrance (run).  

Worth mentioning is that this is the 3rd year that...
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EMT Intensive: Week 3

The days are counting down in the third and final week of the July EMT Intensive course.  It seems long ago when this journey began, and how far we have come in such a short period of time.  This class has continued to enjoy each others company, with many pitching in to help fellow classmates get to and from their clinical sites.  It is obvious to me that no one here thinks only of their own success but instead sees the value of giving and sharing to raise all to their best performance.  It shows in their caring for one another and will one day carry over to their patients.  Students have found a balance...
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A Base WUMP for the Ages

In late June, instructors Justin Doroshenko and Rob Barham embarked on a journey with a new bunch of students at the Landmark Learning base for a Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals course. We had some stalwart Landmark alums and some folks new add to our awesome style. We had brand spankin' new EMTs fresh off their Landmark Learning EMT Intensive, and we had EMTs and paramedics with years of experience. We had our three Landmark Semester students! We had ER nurses, pediatric specialists, physical therapists -- so much medical diversity!...
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