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Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester - A Student's Perspective

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It wasn't until I was a sophomore in college that I started truly thinking about my life goals and aspirations. I had just finished transferring from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. I knew that I wanted my future to involve working with people in a ministry setting. I was-- and still am-- very passionate about being involved in the the public ministry. Around that same time, I had started co-leading trips for a camp: rock climbing, caving, canoeing, etc. I wasn't expecting to fall in love with all the details of leading trips. So during the cold Minnesotan winter months I would spend my free time looking at different places I wanted to take...
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January WFR at Brevard College

Brevard College WFR Course 2016

There are many reasons you might have for spending time in back country settings, probably none of them include getting seriously hurt or ill while out there. That of course doesn’t stop those things from happening from time to time; and learning how to manage those situations when they arise is a wonderful way to feel more confident while adventuring. Whether you are in the woods as a professional, with friends and family, or a lone operator you can benefit from the information taught during the Wilderness First Responder course.  

Our week was fascinating, grueling, and very satisfying.  The combination of classroom time and active scenarios did an excellent job of reinforcing...
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Imagine yourself completely submerged in nearly freezing river water.

Hypo-Burrito: New special! Tarp tortilla with toasty Channell filling, lined with colorful sleeping bag and fleece sauté. Cuidado! Muy Picante!

Imagine yourself completely submerged in nearly freezing river water. Your toes are stinging as the water flows over them, your muscles are completely tensed up, and for a moment, you might have forgotten how to breathe. Imagine coming up from under and seeing that immediately to your left, right next to your face, is a branch of four or five icicles. Your clothes are soaked, your muscles are cramping, and the 40 degree weather isn't doing much to warm you up even as you get more of your body out of the creek's flow.

Now imagine the moment that you volunteered for this. 


Given that my two least favorite words in the English language are "cold" and...
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December WFR at LL Campus - 2015

Pulling into the gravel drive the parking lot already full, I jumped out of the car grabbed my pack and ran inside.  Everyone was already sitting except for the three of us who rolled in an hour late.  The previous night was full of chaos including a broken down car, dead batteries, lost wallets, and a speeding ticket.  We each introduced ourselves briefly and took our seat, it wasn't the best way to start off the week.  The first few days where the longest, having to adjust combined with the information overload.  By day four it started to become more like a family than a group of random people.  We started the week working on and small rescues and by the end we where able to work in...
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Holiday Gift Guide - Buy Local!

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Are you all about the outdoors and coming up short with suggestions for Santa? Or maybe you're looking for inspiration for a sister/brother/friend/aunt/coworker who loves adventures? In either case, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina are here to rescue you with outdoor gear and accessories for any budget, and for any interest! Happy holidays y'all :)

Check out the 2015 Gear Guide brought to you locally!

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Gratitude from a Landmark Student

Heavy like a knot made of concrete is how my stomach felt as I drove around the corner and saw the people out of their cars with cell phones in hand. The person was lying face down on the hill with their twisted motorcycle in the ditch. My heart rate increased as I slowed down and pulled off to the side of the road. I checked my mirrors for traffic got out of the car and pulled my first aid kit from my climbing pack in the trunk. It was a hot summer day and I had just left work taking folks multi pitch climbing up at Table Rock North Carolina. I don’t know how I felt other than hopeful that they were alive and I could do something. I walked over and verified with the crowd that EMS had...
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Scholarship Winner: Reflections of a WFR Course

Leigha Pennington is a Beckwith Scholarship recipient from the Landmark Foundation. Leigha joined Landmark Learning recently in Cullowhee, to take her NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute WFR course:

"Receiving my WFR certification was an experience I’ll never forget. My time at Landmark Learning not only allowed me to receive the training and knowledge I needed to become a confident...
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Leave No Trace Master Educator

This week Landmark Learning hosted Princeton University and Garrett College for two simultaneous Leave No Trace Master Educator courses.  This unique opportunity gave both courses the chance to work together on the first and last day of the course.  Instructors Katie Glockner, from Princeton University, and Jon Lowrance led the Princeton course while Jason Carter and Andy Glas led the Garrett College course.


Both courses spent four days and...
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Furthering Education with Landmark's GI Bill

Landmark Learning is the ideal learning institution for honing critical skills for outdoor, emergency, and tactical environments. The instructors were excellent and actual practitioners with decades of knowledge and experience. In my previous career I was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps infantry. In my new career I’m a college graduate (thank you GI Bill) and avid outdoor wanderer. Landmark Learning had the courses that fit my schedule and time frame. They gave me the skill and knowledge base to continue...
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The Relief Medic Volunteer Program 2015

The Relief Medic Volunteer Program through Mingai is going to be August 9-22, 2015. The program is looking for current healthcare workers (WFR'S, EMT's, nurses and physicians) interested in gaining new skills and experiences with third world conditions and challenges. MINGAI is a non-profit Foundation certified by the Ministry of Labour as a Center for First Aid Training which aims to spread First Aid in wildlife and remote areas. Since 2006, Mingai has been an affiliate of Landmark Learning providing...
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