Wilderness First Responder

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.

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!

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.

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.


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:

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! 


On March 16, 2014 Landmark instructors Laura and Beth successfully graduated 29 new Wilderness First Responders and sent them off into the world with big smiles all around. This day marked the completion of the first WFR course ever held at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and it was a resounding success. We thoroughly enjoyed springtime temperatures in the 60s and 70s and spent much of our time outside, practicing splints and ankle taping in the sunshine and watching the cherry blossoms come into full bloom.

WFR at Blowing Rock Conference Center

Scott and Kevin headed out to a windy Blowing Rock for an awesome course with 26 students. Blowing Rock Conference Center proved to be a great host for our 9 day Wilderness First Responder Course. We had a great course with very amazing students who were ready to learn. A big shout out from the instructional team to those students who made a great course happen!


Student Update: Jessica and Art respond to auto accident leaving WFR training

Art maintaining spinal immobilization on a patient as the other student improvises a neck brace during the WFR training.

Landmark community,

Landmark Learning "Down East" for Maine WFR!

While it's summer at Landmark's base in NC, It's still chilly up in Presque Isle, Maine!

We're here in Presque Isle, Maine for 3 weeks of Landmark Learning coursework, WFR, SWR and WFA.