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Beth and Jason got to head down to Milledgeville, GA to get to teach for GCSU.  The WFR course was packed with action! The woods and challenge course around the Lake Laurel Outdoor Recreation Center served as a great playground for medical scenarios.  And in addition to some "WFR world" scenarios, we had plenty of real practice with tick bite and snake bite prevention with all the wildlife around lake laurel-and prevention makes the best WFR!  The class was amazing and Beth and Jason were glad to...
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Instructors Eric Wakild and Kevin Williams finished up their May road trip with an amazing Wilderness First Responder at Middle Tennessee State University. Congrats to all 29 student who finished this course with flying colors. Our students ranged from NOLS field staff, Med Students, College Outdoor Program Trip Leaders, Wilderness Therapy Trip Leaders, and many of whom just loved playing outside. The students were engaged from the beginning and always looking to know more at the end of that day. Thanks to the folks out at MTSU that hosted this course and house many of our students on site. See yall soon! 

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WFR at Appalachian State University

Dan Payton and Eli Helbert had a great time at the Blowing Rock Conference Center this past week and a half.  Our team of 24 Appalachian State University students from the outdoor recreation department had spectacular weather for our learning experience.  Daily views of Grandfather Mountain, fun and learning in the gymnatorium, and a night search for Boojum make this WFR special in our memories.  Congrats to all the new WFR's and best of luck to our 2014 graduates!

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Clemson WFR Course

The Clemson WFR kicked off with eight students from all over the southeast/ Midwest with diverse backgrounds with a common interest in Wilderness Medicine.  The students enjoyed beautiful spring weather as they were challenged to apply the skills they were learning during scenarios on the campus of Clemson Univ.  With such a small group instructors Deane & Scott were able to spend ample time with each student and really do some “fine tuning” through out the week to maximize the student’s acquisition of skills.

Course highlights included a mass casualty scenario with some outside help from the Clemson Leisure...
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Southern Adventist University WFR Course

Congratulations to sixteen of the newest Wilderness First Responders from Collegedale, Tennessee!  Hosted by Southern Adventist University, students thrived in the early season heat and humidity of the eastern Appalachians.  Highlights of the course included a bear hang gone wrong, excellent patient care before a potential avalanche, and medical-legal scenario that kept the patients on their toes to wrap up the course!  Special thanks to sponsor Marty Miller for finding the most awesome volunteers for an ear-splitting mass casualty incident that gave all students an opportunity to interact with some "real" patients!  ...
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The Kick Off to National Safe Boating Day

In celebration of the American Canoe Association's National Safe Boating Week, Landmark Learning keeps it ridiculous but safe in the office to celebrate National Safe Boating Week.

For more information on how you can celebrate -- and learn more about safe boating -- check out the ACA Water Blog at

Happy Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day! #SafeBoatWeek

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Cimbmax Indoor Climbing Center Hits Asheville

Read about how former Landmark student Stuart Cowles, the owner of the Climbmax Indoor Climbing Center, turned his passion for the outdoors into a business dream that just keeps growing. We are proud of you Stuart- way to make Asheville an even cooler place to visit. Check out "Climbing Comes To Asheville's River Arts District", published in The Citizen-Times here.


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WEMT: A Student's Experience In The Real World

Imagine dangling hundreds of feet up the side of a red sandstone cliff. You're low on food and water and only a sling around a horn in the rock might stop you from a nasty fall. Out of gear and at the final lengths of the rope, the last option is to end the pitch and belay your partner up. Now push all of these non-emergencies to the back of your mind because, as he's climbing, your partner tears a tendon in his knee that takes a chunk of his femur with it.

Believe me when I say that that example is way too specific to be improvised. My vagabond lifestyle lends itself to absurd emergencies that would make great chapters in any outdoor guide: how to treat your own hypothermia...
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ACA SWR Level 4 Instructor Course

ACA SWR Instructor Trainer, Justin Padgett swam, paddled and and waded multiple sections of the Tuckaseigee River in western NC this last week.  We had multiple water levels and working on our SWR skills at over seven different river sites.  We had light hearted, yet demanding days as we came together on technique and teaching skills.  Pleased at the outcome of this course to release four new ACA SWR instructors into the pool to educate the river people of the Southeast.  Thanks for all your hard work guys!


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Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month

Dear Environmental Advocate,

Because you are environmentally focused professionals, we thought you may be interested to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is kicking off “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month” in a very big way. Invasive species feast on and infest America's agriculture, damage our parks and forests, wreck our gardens, and throw our ecosystem off balance. In an effort to reduce the threat of these "Hungry Pests," the USDA ...
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