June 2012

Katie on Mont Blanc in the Alps.

Congratulations are in order for Katie Coley!  She is the new Outdoor Program Coordinator at Appalachian State University.

Katie is a familiar face with Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and we are excited to have her back in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  She has been an instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and Landmark Learning since 2008 teaching Wilderness First Aid courses.

And while she's been working or teaching in the outdoor industry for more than eight years, her favorite parts are interacting with students and working with the wonderful outdoor community.  She also really enjoys the more unique aspects of teaching wilderness medicine such as "geeking out" on wilderness medicine, applying lots of fake blood during the emergency scenarios and working with her fellow amazing NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors!

Fourteener in Colorado.

Even though she earned her Masters in Higher Education from Ole Miss, Katie first began her outdoor education path as a college student leading trips for Elon University's outdoor program here in North Carolina.  After attending a NOLS Semester course, an internship working for Fort Carson’s Adventure Programs & Education, a guide taking teens on international trips with Adventures Cross Country for 3 seasons, working as an instructor for Outward Bound in Moab, completing her Master's degree, she took on the job of Director of Outdoor Recreation at the University of South Carolina.   Under her direction during her 2008-2012 tenure, Katie expanded the existing USC Outdoor Program to  include a free bike shop, the Abandoned Bike Project, a service & sustainability program, an adaptive/inclusive recreation program and an orchard and community garden.  The program also became the first completely carbon neutral university outdoor program in the country and USC became the first SEC university to receive the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly University status.

Early morning mountaineering ascent in Ecuador.

In August, Katie will be heading to Boone, NC and Appalachian State's Outdoor Program.  The Outdoor Program at ASU, one of the best in the country, focuses on student skill development in many outdoor disciplines such as climbing, backpacking, kayaking and snow sports.  The program also has a focus around international travel, community outreach, sustainability and fun.  The professional and student staff within ASU's Outdoor Programs are top-notch and Katie can't wait to start her work with these folks.  And while she will greatly miss her program and students at USC, she looks forward to expanding their land program, wilderness medical curriculum, sustainability efforts and student development opportunities.

We here at Landmark Learning and all her fellow NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors welcome her back to the mountains!

-the Landmark community

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"Hypothermia Day" is always a fun day! This is when the victims have to spend a fair amount of time laying in Cane Creek (even in the Winter). The rescuers have to assess the scene and remove the victim from the water and treat them for their injuries. Everyone gets cold and wet on in this scenario!

Here at the Landmark Learning base in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we've just completed another successful Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals.

Checking vital signs frequently during a rescue, while also treating a spinal injury and hypothermia.

We had a great group of students with a wide variety of backgrounds attending this course.  The mix of participants ranged from newly graduated Landmark EMT Intensive students, military medics, professional outdoorsmen, physicians, physician assistants, to current medical students.

The weather was typical for why we love living, working and playing in the mountains.  Throughout the course, we had cool brisk mornings which warmed during the day allowing perfect WUMP weather.  Unfortunately this also includes afternoon thunderstorms and rain.  The course culminated with a late night scenario in the pouring rain.

Everyone walked away rescued and unharmed!

The students through hard work and determination, gained much wider medical knowledge base and a better understanding of themselves.

Good luck to all of you and thank you for being part of the experience!

Padj and Deane

 

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Art maintaining spinal immobilization on a patient as the other student improvises a neck brace during the WFR training.

Landmark community,

We just wanted to write a quick note to thank Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute for such a great Wilderness First Responder class in Scottsmoor, FL.  We learned so much in such a short time and are grateful to Jason and Jon for preparing us.

On our way home from our class we actually got to put our skills into action...in a real life “scenario!”

About an hour into our ride home we were cruising along on I-95 when we saw an accident on the side of the highway. We noticed that there were no ambulances or police there so we decided to pull over and lend a helping WFR hand. There were a few bystanders on hand but no one helping out or responding.  Everyone was pretty much just adding to the confusion and chaos.

When we got to the scene we followed our full Patient Assessment System that we had practiced so many times in class. First things first, "crack a few cans of calm" to size up the scene.  We saw that the scene was safe and that there was only one patient.  We then introduced ourselves and explained that we had training and asked the car accident victim if we could help him.  While we attended to the patient we had one of the bystanders call 911.

Jessica acting as a patient with a leg injury during a scenario.

Luckily, we had practiced a ton of scenarios together in class so we shared the responsibilities.  We checked vitals, exposed his injuries, and most importantly inspired confidence and helped our patient to relax.  He let us know what happened and we collected enough information to put together a brief SOAP note.

After speaking with the patient we sat with him while waiting for the ambulances to arrive. We continued to gather information and help him relax and stay calm. Before we knew it the EMTs arrived and we were able to give them a verbal report and transfer care.  It felt great to use our WFR skills and help someone really in need!

All in all, our WFR class was amazing!  Jason and Jon were top notch teachers and always went the extra mile to help us and answer all of our questions. We both look forward to expanding our knowledge of wilderness medicine and helping people along the way!

Jessica and Art

 

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While it's summer at Landmark's base in NC, It's still chilly up in Presque Isle, Maine!

We're here in Presque Isle, Maine for 3 weeks of Landmark Learning coursework, WFR, SWR and WFA.

Aroostook River group shot!

We had a beautiful sunny start for the WFR on day one, but the weather has turned cold.  Notice the hats and jackets in the photo... this is June, folks!

We've got a great bunch of students who are all taking their first WMI course.  The course is taking place at the Nordic Heritage Center, part of the Maine Winter Sports Center.  The facility is perfect for a WFR, with lots of trails for scenarios, trail running and mountain biking.

Hypothermia along the Aroostook.

We're hoping to see a moose during a scenario!  We're on the 3rd day of the WFR class and students are learning about Shock, Chest Injuries, Head Injuries and the Focused Spine Assessement today.

The cold weather is a pleasant break from the heat wave we recently had in the Southeast, and it's keeping the black flies at bay!
After this WFR we're offering a Wilderness First Aid and a Swiftwater Rescue before returning to the mountains of North Carolina.

Thanks!

Rob and Greg

 

 

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Jason giving a lecture during the Outward Bound WFR.

Landmark Learning and WMI of NOLS had a great Wilderness First Responder course hosted in Scottsmoor, Florida by Outward Bound.

Students improvising a neck brace during one of the many scenarios.

Twenty-three students, outdoor educators and professionals joined instructors Jason Carter and Jon Lowrance for nine days of crackin' Cans-Of-Calm, learning how to save lives and make a difference... all the while livin' the dream!

Florida was hot and the no-see-ums and mosquitos were out in full force but the students persevered through it all to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes required of proficient wilderness medicine providers.

In the off-hours, Jason & Jon found themselves standup paddle boarding the inter-coastal waterway where they cruised with dolphins & manatees.  At night, a loggerhead sea turtle was found on the beach laying eggs and making its way back to the Atlantic.

Turtle laying eggs along the Intracoastal Waterway.

On the way home from the course, two students responded to an over-turned car along I-95.  They tag-teamed the Patient Assessment System as they provided care for an injured passenger and gave a verbal SOAP note to the paramedics who arrived shortly.  They said, "It felt like a scenario from the course."

All-in-all it was a pretty amazing course with a fantastic group of students!

Thanks, Outward Bound, for hosting us and working hard to make the course a success!

Jon and Jason

 

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May/June EMT Intensive Students - Can you say, "I'm an EMT Basic, do you need help?"

Congratulations are in order for our EMT Intensive students!

They have survived some very challenging class material, multiple casualty incidents, car and motorcycle accidents, bathroom extractions, medical issues, and delivering babies here in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Automobile accident scenario.

Today is the last day of the course.  The morning was filled with the final written exam.  The rest of the day has been about practice and perfecting practical skills.  Tomorrow they take their skills test, SOP, which will determine if they pass the class.  With the small instructor to student ratios and the individual attention that our students get, we know they are very well prepared and will do very, very well.

Then once they have passed the class, they can prepare to take the National Registry EMT certification exam and also the North Carolina EMS certification exam.

Tomorrow, our students will complete their journey at Landmark Learning carrying away with them new ideas, skills and friends.  Time will test and expand what they have learned here.  For some, this experience could launch them into a new direction and

Our EMT students splinting for a leg injury.  The fake blood on the arm of the EMT is because our students trade off being patient and rescuer.

possibilities in their lives and careers.  For others, it will give them the confidence in caring for the poor all around the world.  For all of them, the world will look different then it had three weeks ago, as will their understanding of what it means to be caregivers.

From all the instructors, we wish you luck and good fortune in all your future endeavors.

Stay in touch and let us know what adventures cross your paths!

Justin P., Deane, and Justin D.

 

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Justin P. teaching the students how to hold the rescue tube when the enter the water to make a rescue.

Another successful Wilderness Lifeguard course in Asheville, NC taught by instructors Justin Doroshenko and Justin Padgett.

Thirteen students met us at the Lutheridge lake to swim and practice remote lifeguarding skills.  Wind on day one made the course quite chilly, but the bright sun and higher temperatures on day two were perfect.

Our group consisted of trip leaders from therapeutic programs, summer camps, and international guides.  Students were happy to have an advanced training beyond normal pool lifeguarding.  The Wilderness Lifeguard training fit better with their work environment applications.
What a fun, light-hearted group of trip leaders that are bought into prevention and dedicated surveillance!  We look forward to seeing these folks again in two years when they return to get recertified!
Justin P. and Justin D.

 

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EMT Intensive - Week #2 and #3

Mairi teaching the Infant CPR topic during week #2.

We have just begun our third week the EMT Intensive course here at Landmark Learning's base in Cullowhee, NC. We have a great group of students, with ages ranging from 18 - 78!  They all hail from somewhere within the Southeastern US.  However there are a few students that are planning on using their training over in India! They are smart, eclectic, and super supportive of one another.  It is always cool to see the common bond and sense of community that our longer EMT, WFR and WUMP courses create!  The combination of caring people, learning, living, and shared intense wilderness rescue experiences always brings people together.  Our courses are run more as an expedition that a normal educational course. Week two is the high point of energy and information in our EMT Intensive.  During week three, we slow down the pace while practicing and reviewing all the material we've already covered. We are looking forward to the extended scenarios and practice as we head into week three with our EMT students! The Padj, Deane, Mairi and Justin D.

Scenario: Mass Casualty Incident with burns, broken bones, medical emergencies, and spinal injuries!

WFR on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University

Last week, we sent 22 newly trained and certified WFRs into the world after a humid nine days at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.
We had a great collection of students who were heading off in multiple directions.  From one student who had just returned from doing climbing work in Taiwan to another student who was preparing to move with his family to Suriname for mission work.  Another student was leaving the day after the course to move to Utah to work with young adults in wilderness therapy for addiction treatment.  We had MTSU outdoor program staff, rising graduate students, and an outdoor recreation professor.  Overall, it was a fantastic group!

Hauling a patient out of the woods takes an incredible amount of people, effort and time.

Students worked hard in the classroom and practiced away in scenarios scattered throughout MTSU's campus -- much to the surprise of some passers-by!  For larger scenarios, both day and night, we traveled out to beautiful Barfield-Crescent Park.  Thanks to Rachel Singer (who was also a student) at the Wilderness Station and the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department for letting us use this fabulous area.  The unique crevasses and rocky terrain made for exciting and challenging scenarios.

Thanks to the wonderful students for fighting through the heat and humidity and making the MTSU WFR a great success.
Justin D. and Laura

 

 

 

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