August 2014

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 and quality control of their courses in Ecuador. 


 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 Table Rock State Park.  We got to set up a booth at the trailhead and chat it up with some folks about Leave No Trace principles and the park rangers gave us the opportunity to clean up some graffiti nearby.  It was a great group and I hope to see them again out on the trail!  -Jason

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 drill where the students tested their new knowledge to manage multiple patients in extreme circumstances. Treating multi-system traumas with backpacking supplies, and complex medical issues by flashlight tested resolve and improvisation during this trying task. With all of this new insight the WUMP participants will no doubt be able to provide top-notch care back home and wherever they may roam.

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.


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 Landmark Learning teams have placed in this race.  Beth and Doro attended their first Team Landmark Learning event and veteran Logan racers Padj (- 2min)  and JLo (-3 min) shaved time off their previous records.  Go Team Landmark Learning!