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Case Study: A Hard Fall While Skiing

By Tod Schimelpfenig on Nov 7, 2018


Photo by Brian Fabel.

Editor’s Note: This case study is based on an actual incident that NOLS Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid graduates responded to.

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Topics: Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, first aid, wilderness medicine, case study, winter

Ready for the Challenge: How I Became a Wilderness EMT

By Andy Burdin on Jun 17, 2016

I found myself patient-side during an intensive and grueling scenario at the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus in Lander, Wyoming.

“Keep holding still, you’re doing great,” I told Anna. Our eyes met as I held her hand and she took panicked breaths through the non-rebreather that was pressed against her face, filling her lungs with oxygen. Bright red blood was beginning to seep through the large pressure dressing I was holding against her abdomen to cover the 6-inch laceration there. We needed to move, but the single, tunnel-like entrance to the mine was blocked by other screaming patients on backboards and teams of rescuers, with only their headlamps visible in the thick, chalky smoke.

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Topics: Alumni, Wilderness EMT, wfa, WFR, Wilderness First Responder, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, education, WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Medicine

Why I Used the GI Bill for NOLS

By Kevin Wilson on Nov 11, 2015


The Outdoor Educator group in the Wind River Range. Photo by Cooper Davis.

NOLSies pay for their courses in all sorts of ways, from savings to scholarships to working a summer job through high school to take the trip of a lifetime when they graduate. Some students even use their veterans benefits to fund their course.

We spoke with Navy veteran and graduate from a Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator course and a Wilderness EMT course, Kevin Wilson, to learn about how and why he used his veterans benefits for NOLS and what he learned from his NOLS experiences.

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Topics: Alumni, Wilderness EMT, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS financial aid, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, wilderness medicine, WMI, Backpacking, Live the Dream, backcountry, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute

Wyss Campus to open its doors

By Casey Adams on Oct 31, 2012

Located along
the Little Popo Agie River that flows through the largely federally protected
Red Canyon near Lander, Wyo. is the new NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus,
dedicated Oct. 12. This week, the campus will welcome its first Wilderness EMT
students.

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Topics: NOLS, Wilderness EMT, Behind the Scenes, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Popo Agie, Lander, Red Canyon, technology, National Outdoor Leadership School, wilderness medicine, Wyoming, Wyss, students, energy use, viability, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, cabins, undeveloped, wildlife, caretaker, Hanjorg Wyss, educational facilitiy, efficient building, habitat, campus