After my dad’s last snowmobiling accident, my mom decided it was time to take action. She signed us up for a local NOLS Wilderness Medicine First Aid course. It was a two-day course that taught us how to be prepared for different kinds of injuries and situations, in the backcountry. They also have longer courses you can take too, if you’re looking for more extensive training or if you spend a lot of time deep in the backcountry, where it could be hard for immediate evacuation or medical response. If your schedule is tight, and you can only do the two-day course, a little training is better than none at all. These courses have great instructors who teach you in a classroom and out in the field. They run through possible scenarios and have you practice, hands on, how to treat them. The class sizes are small enough that the instructors are able to go around and help you out one on one.
While it has been a few years since my last course, I know that if faced with a situation, I can think back to my training and still use it. NOLS Wilderness Medicine has courses all over the world, anyone who loves the outdoors, should take a first aid course. You never know what situation you’ll find yourself in and it’s always good to be prepared for the unexpected.
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About the writer:
Heather Reed is a Wyoming native, living just 30 minutes away from the best the Mountains can offer. She fell in love with hunting and the outdoor lifestyle at a young age, when she'd watch numerous family members bring back their harvested animals and share their animated hunting stories. While other kids wanted to play dolls or other games, Heather created hunting games and imagined shooting trophy animals. Now that she's grown, she still dreams of hunting these animals. If she's not hunting, or even thinking about it, she's out fishing, shooting or cheering on the Detroit Red Wings.