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Access for our Veterans through GI Bill

Veterans and military families! Through USC Title 38 the GI Bill can be used at Landmark Learning courses!

As of July 17, 2014, Veterans are able to designate their GI Bill funds toward course costs and living expenses at Landmark Learning courses in the state of North Carolina. Course eligibility includes:

  • NCOEMS EMT Intensive
  • WMI Wilderness First Responder
  • WMI Wilderness EMT (3+1)
  • The Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester

For complete details and requirements, download the VA Student Inquiry Form

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Leave No Trace in Wyoming

I got to run off to Laramie, Wyoming to instruct a Leave No Trace Master Educator course with fellow instructor Priscilla Hunt. Six folks that were a great bunch of students from Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries  joined us in Vedauwoo, outside of Laramie for the field portion of the course. November brought some brutal living and teaching conditions with snow on our first night and high winds throughout most of the course; our experienced students toughed it out and taught us a thing or two.  We finished the course setting up a booth at the...
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22nd Annual Adventure Education Conference at Brevard College

The 22nd Annual Adventure Education Conference was held on Friday, November 7th 2014 at Brevard College.  Area college outdoor education programs and members of the public were in attendance for what has become a fall tradition in the regional outdoor community.  Several local outdoor companies ranging from camps & adventure programs to outdoor retailers and educational organizations - including Landmark Learning - set up exhibitor booths.  Over 15 outdoor professionals provided interactive presentations on a range of topics related to outdoor education.  Landmark Learning faculty Jon Lowrance presented on...
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Adventure Education Conference Virginia 2014

I was super pleased to travel to and present at the first inaugural Adventure Education Conference in Virginia!  Great attendance I must say too....over 75 folks at this first conference with representation from guide services, colleges and universities as well as camp professionals.  It is great for us to remember as Mark Wagstaff, Professor at Radford University put it, "We've got to get back to sharing and collaborating regionally in our field of Outdoor Education,...
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October WUMP

A diverse group of medical professionals joined our brand new "fresh out of the box"  EMT students for a fun filled 5 day WMI Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals.  I really enjoy the enrichment that comes from the diversity of backgrounds in our student population in these courses.  Thank you all for your professionalism, sharing and readiness to manage the all disasters that Instructors Rob Barham and Justin Padgett created for your "Wilderness Medicine" pleasure.

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Assault on BlackRock Race 2015!

The fifth annual Assault on BlackRock trail race has been set for Saturday, March 28, 2015! All proceeds from this race will go to the Community Table in Sylva, NC.  T-shirts are included with registration for the first 100 registrants, prizes will be awarded to top finishers, and anyone who completes the BlackRock 101 challenge will get a belt buckle.  Hikers are also encouraged to come out and see what Pinnacle Park has to offer and enjoy the beauty of western North Carolina.  The cost is $25 to pre-register and $30 on race day. To find out more about this race, check out the Assault on BlackRock Facebook...
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Justin Padgett Presents at the 2014 International AEE Conference

I was pleased to represent the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute this last weekend at the AEE International conference.  I shared wilderness medicine case studies with a large group of attendees.  A reality check rang out through the room as we looked at difficult medical and evacuation decisions our students make in remote places. Good to see lots of familiar as well as plenty of new faces in the crowd.  And I must say, I like Chattanooga, TN, in the Fall.  

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Vermont EMS Conference 2014

It was great to attend and present at the 2014 Vermont EMS conference up in Killington, Vermont October 17-19.   Seth Hawkins, MD and I both provided two different presentations to include, Community Relief Medic Designs for EMS First Responders, Cross Pollination of Recreationalists and Rescue Services for Increased Rescue Capabilities, Epinephrine Update, and...
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EMT: Week 2

Week two of the EMT Intensive came to a close yesterday ending the week with scenarios.  These were not predictable straight-forward scenarios, but instead mixtures of medical problems hidden by a distracting injury, and patients less than appreciative to have your probing questions and assessments.  As challenging as it was to critically think through the maze of uncertainty, students felt the ownership of their patient assessments guiding their direction to stabilize, package and ultimately transport or transfer of care by giving appropriate, accurate and succinct patient care...
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Swiftwater Rescue Classes in Ecuador

I just got back from teaching three Swiftwater Rescue courses Landmark Learning's partner in Ecuador, Mingai.  Many thanks to Mingai director Felipe Jacome for putting these courses together and to instructor Alex Dent for helping me teach!

The courses were conducted in Spanish near the towns of Banos and Tena. The first Level 4 course in Banos was held on the Rio Zunag in the community of Rio Negro.  We appreciate local kayaker "Lucho" - his mother let us use her open air restaurant as a classroom space.  Awesome lunches, too...
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