March 2013

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Landmark Learning just wrapped up a WFR at the Lutherridge Conference Center in Arden, NC. Thanks to the 26 folks who came and shared 9 days with us learning new wilderness medicine skills. The Lutherridge facility is an ideal spot for classes with a large classroom overlooking a nice trail system through the adjacent woods. Mild temperatures had everyone thinking about spring, including the local turkey population. Students were often greeted by a couple of resident turkeys gobbling and strutting in the early morning hours! We appreciate the staff at Lutherridge and all they did to help make for a succesful course. We hope to see our students back in a recert course down the road. Happy Spring!

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Well, we can't tell you how pleased instructors Kevin Williams and Justin Padgett were to arrive to class on our first day of "Environmental Emergencies" to see the valley covered in a layer of 3-4 inches of wet snow and temperatures in the low 20's! Stoked. Class was started with a scenario on a steep slope to care for a patient with a simple arm fracture secondary to a huge fall. Students quickly gathered their gear and met the mission as the snow continued to fall. Keepin' it real.....that is the kinda thing that happens on cane creek in our WMI WFR courses!. Man I love this job! - The Padj
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Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA hosted their first ever WMI Wilderness First Aid course over the weekend of February 23-24, 2013.  Instructors Justin Doroshenko and Jason Carter made the trek to beautiful Central Virginia to pass on the good word of WMI to 23 eager and excited Liberty folks!

 Cold, wet weather on Day 1 luckily gave way to beautiful sunny skies on Day 2.  Working hard to learn new skills of assessing, splinting, rocking out, and many more, everyone left with a new appreciation for the wonders of Wilderness First Aid.  Most students were taking part in a Liberty University Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry class that included the WFA course.
Thanks to Doug Gilmer and the folks at Liberty for hosting, and good luck to all the students on the field experience portion of the course!
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On Wednesday, February 20, Landmark Learning traveled to Boone, NC to be a part of the ASU Outdoor Jobs Fair. Landmark Instructor and Special Projects Coordinator Justin Doroshenko joined over 50 other outdoor organizations at the Grandfather Ballroom at Appalachian State University.

Landmark Learning was there to spread the good word of our coursework and how we can help prepare potential employees for outdoor jobs. Courses with the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, the American Canoe Assoication, or Leave No Trace (to name a a few) are industry standards in the fields of outdoor recreation and education!

Thanks to Jerry Cantwell and the staff at ASU for a great event. Looking forward to next year!

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On February 23, 2013 the WCU trail system was officially opened!  This system that links to the WCU campus and local ridge lines brings several miles of trail fo hikers, runners and mountain bikers.  Josh Whitmore director of WCU's "Base Camp Cullowhee"  was a key player in the design and trail construction that was underway for more than 2 years. Congratualtions on all of the hard work and red tape management from the all trail builders and administrators involved.  Now open to the public a map can be found here: http://www.wcu.edu/30290.asp

In an unusually cold and windy Georgia weekend, 13 new WFA students learned first aid skills and put them to the test at Geogia Gwinnett College just north of Atlanta. Also joining for the weekend were three students recertifying their Wilderness First Responder-Congrats Emily, Bryan, and Eric on renewing their WFR recertification! Students were predominantly local and a good number were staff at GGC's outdoor programs and were eager to use their newfound skills to lead trips for the college. It was a great inaugural WFA course for the college and Justin and Jason were glad to make it to teach for the college.
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