Tod Schimelpfenig

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Tod Schimelpfenig

As a NOLS Instructor since 1973 and a WEMT, volunteer EMT on ambulance and search and rescue squads since the 70s, Tod Schimelpfenig has extensive experience with wilderness risk management. He has used this valuable experience to conduct safety reviews as well as serve as the NOLS Risk Management Director for eight years, the NOLS Rocky Mountain Director for six years, and three years on the board of directors of the Wilderness Medical Society, where he received the WMS Warren Bowman Award for lifetime contribution to the field of wilderness medicine. Tod is the founder of the Wilderness Risk Manager’s Committee, has spoken at numerous conferences on pre-hospital and wilderness medicine, including the Australian National Conference on Risk Management in Outdoor Recreation, and has taught wilderness medicine around the world. He has written numerous articles on educational program, risk management and wilderness medicine topics, and currently reviews articles for the Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. Additionally, he is the author of NOLS Wilderness Medicine and co-author of Risk Management for Outdoor Leaders, as well as multiple articles regarding wilderness medicine. Tod is currently the Curriculum Director of NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

Articles By Tod Schimelpfenig

Two sea kayaks beached on a rocky shore

Case Study: Suspicious Stomach Pain

Five days into sea kayaking with friends in Prince William Sound, Alaska you feel lousy; some diarrhea, some vague abdominal cramping, not much ...

Runner goes through a grassy mountain meadow

Case Study: Runner Begins Feeling Ill

You and a friend are on a long run in the foothills of the Laramie Range in Wyoming. It’s a hot day. Four hours into the run your companion stumbles, ...

One person coaches another down a rock face

Case Study: An Anxious Rappel

A trip participant has trouble on a rappel. When they are safely on the ground, you begin your patient assessment. Test your wilderness medicine ...

People hiking downhill with trekking poles

Case Study: An Undefined Rash

When symptoms are hard to define, the skills of decision-making and problem solving become more important. Test what you know in this case study!

Two men with heavy backpacks cross a snowy river.

Case Study: Cold Injuries on a Hike

Do you know how to prevent, recognize, and treat a non-freezing cold injury (NFCI)? Test your wilderness medicine skills with this case study.

train of horses on a horsepacking trip in Wyoming

Case Study: Bucked off a Horse

You're a first responder helping a patient who was bucked off their horse. The assessment might reveal something more troubling than what meets the ...

Person ski touring pulling a sled pauses and looks at distant mountains in winter

Case Study: Is That Frostbite?

The patient commented that their toes have been cold and numb all day, but thought they could get by until getting into their sleeping bag. Read the ...

Two People in a Sleeping Bag

People always wonder about the value of a warm person snuggling with a cold person in a sleeping bag as a response to hypothermia in the wilderness.