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Community Relief Medic Course

I enjoyed spending the weekend with the Christ School faculty and upper classmen as we shared the Community Relief Medic coursework.  This Landmark Learning original course lends itself to travel abroad groups that are on construction and educational programs.  And that's exactly what Christ School plans to do again this year in both Europe and Central America.  In addition, these folks have created an on campus emergency response team to support the students and faculty that reside on campus.  The Community Relief Medic...
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January WUMP

Rob Barham and Jon Lowrance wrapped up a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals (WUMP) course this week.  The WUMP was also the fourth week of Landmark Learning’s Wilderness EMT program which saw several EMT students staying to add the Big “W” to their certification.  “The students were fantastic - we had so much fun working with 17 healthcare providers...
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Week 2: EMT Intensive

Week two covered a lot of new material through lecture and reading.  Those concepts are intertwined with scenarios to prepare students for emergency calls an EMT is likely to encounter.  Many students have already experienced the reality of such scenarios they learned in class during their time on clinicals riding with local EMS crews.  This week has been challenging and, approperiate to the course name, has felt very intense.  However, as this EMT Intensive week has progressed, the concepts and the hands-on assessments has led to students building even more confidence. This is the...
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WFR at Lutheridge

Bryan Dixon and I got to teach at Lutheridge in Asheville to a great batch of students. During the course we had to deal with some real rough weather for rescue-40's and raining for several days followed by straight up frigid weather with a brisk breeze.  There's no weather like miserable weather to teach WFR's in!  We also tried to beat the flu season as best we could-hygeine was numero uno to keep the sniffles at bay.  Despite going through gobs of hand sanitizer, things still circulated around. We stuck it out and folks headed back to all corners of the country to keep climbing and paddling and hiking with their new found wilderness first responder skills. Good luck folks!

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WEMT: Week 1


It is that time of year for our Winter EMT in Asheville, NC.  Once again it is being held at Ridgecrest just outside of Black Mountain.  Students have come from various locations, experiences and backgrounds creating a great mix, all eager to learn the ways of the EMT.

This week has been a mix of didactic and basic fundamental hands-on skills.  It ended Saturday with learning advanced airway skills, IM injections, prepping IV Fluid bags and doing blood glucose evaluations.  EMS clinicals started Friday evening for some students and once...
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WFR Course: Reflections of a Student

Staying safe in the wilderness for real.

I am sitting outside the Landmark Learning classroom in Cullowhee, NC on a warm and sunny December afternoon. My cohort is a mixed group of individuals from all parts of the country (think as far as Iowa and Pennsylvania), coming from different backgrounds, all here to learn about safety in wilderness. I’ve had some fairly moderate and technical experience in the outdoors when I went on a mountaineering expedition in Patagonia, Chile. But with more time in the outdoors, the one habit I need to ingrain is safety - my own and that of others.

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Leave No Trace...with Dogs

Past Landmark Learning graduates Pat and TJ Beezley who work as Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, recently created a short film on Leave No Trace principles relating to dogs.  Landmark instructor Jon Lowrance and his dogs (Toby & Tucker) made their debut in this blockbuster movie! Check out the video, it is titled "Leave No Trace with Dogs Infomercial".


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Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship Supporters



Two final updates to share with you as we close out 2014. Thanks again for your support of a great Externship season this Aug-Sep!


1) The Wilderness Medical Society has approved the 2014 Externship month for an astonishing 160 credit hours towards Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. This does not include the ACWM AWLS-Black Mountain course the weekend preceding the Externship, which is another ~20 credit hours. I don’t know of any other program in the country accredited to provide this many FAWM credits in only four weeks! If you were involved in one of the Externship classes, or in the Summit, Seminar, or...
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Sweden's Peak Performance Competitor Has Four Legs

Landmark Learning affiliate Mingai provided medical support for the racers at the multi-sport race in Ecuador.  Mingai employs WMI WFR and WEMT graduates from around the world to post up along this rugged race course - maybe one of the most rugged and varied terrain adventure race in the world.  Check out this heartwarming article about Sweden's Peak Performance team that competed in Ecuador this month. They competed in the...
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Drowning Resuscitation Class Pays Off in North Carolina

Landmark Learning is proud to be associated with "Lifeguards Without Borders" and the education on drowning prevention and management they provide throughout the world!  Check out this article!

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