The Wilderness Mission Alpine Youth Hostel (WMAYH) hosted a NOLS Wilderness First Responder course 14-22 December 2012 at their base near Windham, New York. Landmark Learning worked closely with course host Tom Borman and his family to establish the course site at WMAYH and everyone’s efforts proved to be very fruitful! Instructors Deane Hodde and Jon Lowrance traveled up to lead the first course run at WMAYH and were joined by 22 eclectic and highly motivated students for what would turn out to be an amazing WFR course! WMAYH was awesome! Tom and Mr & Mrs B worked tirelessly to provide breakfast and lunch each day and to make sure the students and instructors had everything they needed for a successful course.

The base is fantastic with a huge classroom/dinning room, rec room and dorms on a gently sloped ridge overlooking a wide valley. The base sits on about 250 acres of land filled with creeks, forest, fields and trails that borders the Catskills and is about a 15 minute drive from the ski resort town of Windham; it’s a perfect place for an extended wilderness medicine training!

The students were awesome!!! Deane and Jon were blown away at their motivation to master the skills and knowledge. We knew when every student was seated and ready 10 minutes before the start time on day one that we had a good crew! Throughout the week they worked hard, studied and practiced to secure for themselves a knowledge and skills base that will hopefully serve them for years to come. The stories and lives of the students are really too amazing and numerous to mention in a short blog post.

We had recent college grads, Hurricane Sandy survivors/relief workers, law enforcement professionals, wildlife ecologists, educators, outdoor guides & enthusiasts, a Peace Corps - Zambia volunteer and others. Deane & Jon want to express their extreme gratitude for our course hosts and students for making this WFR course really, really enjoyable! Hope to see you all again in future courses or life adventures!! Check out the Wilderness Mission Alpine Youth Hostel’s facebook page for more photos & stories as well as some pretty cool mug shots/bios of each student & instructor on course by going to  www.facebook.com/WildernessMissionAlpineYouthHostel.