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Jake Blackwelder

Jake Blackwelder
Jake Blackwelder has been teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since 2010. He is a full-time Flight Paramedic and volunteers for EMS and Search and Rescue in Moab, Utah. He spends the rest of his time helping his wife raise two great kids and adventuring in the majestic Moab landscape.

Recent Posts

Real-Life Scenario: Stuck on a Climbing Route

By Jake Blackwelder on Nov 26, 2018

The rescue team. Photo courtesy of Jake Blackwelder.

The 911 call: A climber was stuck in a crack on a classic multi-pitch trad route at a well-known sandstone climbing area near Moab, Utah. The incident happened near the top of a large chimney, a crack wide enough to fit a climber’s entire body into. The climber was about 100 feet from the ground and 40 feet below the pitch anchor, the next opportunity to attach securely to the wall.

My wilderness rescue team, consisting of myself, another Wilderness EMT, and three Rope Rescue Technicians, were the ones to receive the call and respond to the incident.

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Topics: rock rescue, first aid, wilderness medicine, rock climbing, scenario

Case Study: BASE Jumping Accident

By Jake Blackwelder on Oct 24, 2017

Editor’s note: This case study is based on a real-life incident responded to by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor Jake Blackwelder.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, case study, NOLS Wilderness Medicine