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A Student's Evaluation: WFA in Jacksonville, FL

I recently took a Wilderness First Aid course in Jacksonville, Florida. Phil Hart and Deane Hodde are without a doubt two of the most amazing instructors I have ever encountered. The evaluation sheet provided did not allow me to give the appropriate feedback these course instructors deserved.


I currently work as an industrial corporate photographer for Siemens in the Americas region. I enjoy taking various courses to gain experience in different fields while acquiring new skills . The various courses I have taken range from ACA Kayak/Canoe coaching, National Geographic Photography School to Critical Rescue workshops. All of these classes are beneficial since my job...
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WFR in Cullowhee: A Student's Perspective

Rob and Kevin just finished a springtime course at the Landmark Learning base in Cullowhee and had a small class of 11 eager students.  Thanks for a great week!  WFR student Jenna Gosa from Atlanta shared her experience:

I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to earn my WFR at Landmark Learning.  I have always thought about a career as an EMT or Paramedic but am currently content working as an outdoor educator at an adventure based camp.  Earning my WFR allowed me to gain basic knowledge of wilderness medicine and apply...
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We Send Our Thoughts And Prayers

Climbing and mountaineering are inherently dangerous of course, but for those of us that hold climbing dear to our hear, it is painful to hear of tragedies of this magnitude. We could be looking at the biggest, certainly one of the biggest accidents in the history of climbing Everest.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the climbers and sherpas, those potentially still entrapped, the rescuers heading up to help, and the families that are required to stand by with questions and scant information as the rescue develops. To read the developing story, click on the link below.


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Table Rock WFR

With sub freezing temps in the wake of an ice storm on course start morning the stage was set for an adventurous 9 days of Wilderness Medicine in the shadow of Table Rock Mountain at the historic North Carolina Outward Bound TR Base camp.  Eleven students in the midst of a 50 day outdoor leader course with OB were joined by eleven students from the general public to form a well rounded and diverse class.  Students hailed from all over the US as well as Mexico, Columbia, Sweden and China! 

Over the course of the eight days that followed instructors Scott and Rob kept the students on their toes and out over their skis with a mix of lessons and scenarios to help them develop the...
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WFR at Landmark Learning

Rob and Dan recently finished the March Wilderness First Responder class at the Landmark Learning base.  The instructors and students experienced some serious spring fever with the predictably unpredictable mountain weather starting with snow and transitioning into beautiful sunny days.   Students came from as far as Alaska, but we had an unusually strong local representation from right here in Jackson country, North Carolina.  Thanks for a great week everybody!  We're looking forward to hearing some WFR stories from our latest bunch!

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Climbing To The Top Article Featuring Landmark Learning

“It’s about having different tools, so when one tool fails you have another one,” said Justin Padgett, instructor for the swift water rescue course and co-founder of Landmark Learning, the Cullowhee-based outdoor training school administering the course. “A lot of what we do is to help our students develop judgment, and they develop judgment with experience.” Recently, Holly Kays interviewed Justin Padgett and wrote an article "Climbing to the top: Local school a hub for outdoor training", featured in the Smoky Mountain News.

This article...
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NOAA WFR Recertification

Instructors Justin Padgett "Padj" and Justin Doroshenko "Doro", were proud to visit and teach the researchers and field technicians at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration office in Oakridge Tennessee.  These folks use their WFR on remote trips across the country to build, maintain and repair weather stations.  Most of these students are career folks with over 20 years doing what they do.  Extraordinary folks with a passion for meteorology and gizmos create data.  It's rewarding to teach folks that recognize prevention trumps medicine.  Smiles from Cullowhee, NC to our friends at...
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NY Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Call on Justin Padgett

Justin Padgett was requested by the New York Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to conduct a presentation on the Landmark Learning Community Relief Medic program in Montour Falls, NY March 29-30, 2014.  It seems that the time is appropriate after what we have learned in large disasters since 2001.  The opportunity to expand the role of First Responders affiliated with Fire and Rescue services is here.  The Community Relief Medic training program promotes advanced refusal of care plans (disposition) and advanced decision making on the part...
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A Student's Reflection: EMT-Basic Intensive

The first time that I ever heard of Landmark Learning was during a 6 week Americorps program while in Arizona. During my time there while participating in an outdoor leadership development, one of our assisgnments entailed detailing a plan for our short term goals. I was already apiring to start in the field of wildland/structural firefighter but I knew that training in EMS would greatly help me with both of those jobs. I also knew that I wanted to start down the path of a career that involved medicine, but was not sure on even when to get started. My Crewleader suggested that I begin by taking an EMT-Basic...
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Bill Hodge of The Wilderness Society Receives White House “Champion of Change” Award

Bill Hodge

At a ceremony March 18, The White House honored Bill Hodge of The Wilderness Society with a Champion of Change Award for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders, meant to “celebrate local leaders across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.” Hodge was honored for his work connecting young people with conservation and forest stewardship projects as the director of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) program at...
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