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Preparing for the Unexpected: Wilderness Risk Management Conference 2015

By Alyssa Rainbolt on 10/22/15 8:00 AM
Discussing risk at the 2015 WRMC. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.


I sat down to breakfast at a table of folks including Outward Bound Vice President of Safety Mark Vermeal. Vermeal was sharing the story of his friend, who had neglected to tie a knot at the end of his rope while rock climbing. We at the table agreed that it was not an unfamiliar story: climber is comfortable at their home crag and doesn’t think to take the precaution of tying a knot at the end of the rope. Climber is injured; in this case, a broken arm. In other cases, outcomes may be far worse. It’s a common mistake that is highly avoidable, and one that should drive the need to shift the climber mentality.

“So, how do we do that?” Vermeal posed to the table.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook, NOLS Professional Training, leadership

Summer Search and the WRMC

By Anna Wiser on 9/2/15 3:05 PM

As we continue to highlight organizations that attend the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), we had the opportunity to catch up with Matt Osgood,  the Summer Program Manager at Summer Search. Matt was able to answer questions regarding Summer Search’s program, students, and how this organization has been impacted by the WRMC.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook

SUWS of the Carolinas and the WRMC

By Anna Wiser on 7/29/15 12:26 PM

With the 22nd annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) fast approaching in Portland, Oregon, October 14-16, 2015, we are excited to continue highlighting organizations that attend the conference year after year and contribute to its success.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management training, risk management, Educators Notebook, NOLS Professional Training, professional development

Broadreach and the WRMC

By Anna Wiser on 7/15/15 2:58 PM

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Topics: WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook

Teton Valley Ranch Camp and the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 8/28/14 10:31 AM

The latest installment of the WRMC blog series profiles Teton Valley Ranch Camp (TVRC), a Western style youth camp that has been operating in Wyoming for 75 years, and stands as Wyoming's most historic residential summer camp. In this interview we caught up with TVRC Executive Director Carly Platt.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

City Kids Wilderness Project and the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 8/14/14 3:14 AM

The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) unites hundreds of the nation’s leading outdoor organizations, schools, and businesses annually in an effort to “offer an outstanding educational experience to help mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places.” WRMC attendees absorb and learn a lot from one another through workshops, exercises, structured networking sessions, and much more.

We want to highlight some of the organizations that continually come the WRMC and find out why they attend and how the WRMC has influenced their risk management practices. Recently, we interviewed Colleen McHugh, the program director of City Kids Wilderness Project (CKWP), an outstanding nonprofit youth organization that has been returning annually to the WRMC.

 

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

Montana Conservation Corps & the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 8/12/14 4:05 AM

In this installment of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference blog series, we are focusing our attention on the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC). This nonprofit development program for young adults has been following in the footsteps of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, using conservation projects to foster citizenship and personal growth in its members. WRMC staff caught up with Montana Conservation Corps Program Director Lee Gault, who represented MCC at the WRMC 10 years ago, and asked him about the dynamic relationship that has been evolving between MCC and the WRMC for over a decade.

In the span of one year, the MCC, as a single branch, is able to train 300-400 participants of varying age groups and backgrounds. The different programs offered at MCC also vary greatly. One program in particular, the Veterans Green Corps, serves American military veterans who are “transitioning from military to civilian life” and “range in age from 24-35” said Gault. Using the training and exposure that the MCC program provides, many American veterans who are MCC alumni are able to transition into civilian positions and go on to work with the national parks service and the national forest service.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

EPI and the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 7/28/14 5:44 AM

In our third installment of the WRMC blog series we’re highlighting Ecology Project International (EPI), an environmental education organization established in 2000 by co-founders Scott Pankratz and Julie Osborn. In celebration of EPI attending the WRMC for the past six years, we decided to engage Executive Director/Co-founder Scott Pankratz on the history behind EPI as an organization, as well as the ongoing relationship EPI has maintained with the WRMC.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

REI and the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 7/22/14 7:02 AM

As we busily prepare for this year’s Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), we thought we’d take some time to reflect on our awesome community and those who help make it that way. We want to highlight some of the organizations that continually come the WRMC and find out why they attend and how the WRMC has influenced their risk management practices.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

Colorado Mountain Club and the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 7/15/14 9:52 AM

The 21st annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is only a few months away, and we are beyond excited to get our wonderful WRMC community together once again. We thought we’d highlight some of the organizations that continually attend the WRMC and ask them why they send staff to the conference year after year.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

Leemon receives Wilderness Risk Management Award

By Casey Adams on 10/21/13 6:49 AM

NOLS
Director of Risk Management Drew Leemon has been awarded the Charles (Reb)
Gregg Wilderness Risk Management Award at the 20th annual Wilderness
Risk Management Conference (WRMC).

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, WRMC

WRMC to Host the Acclaimed Author, Laurence Gonzales

By Max McQuarrie on 7/26/13 4:19 AM

Join us at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. The conference seeks to provide practical solutions for challenging issues that face organizations that explore, work, and teach in wild places. This year the conference will be held at Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The event is co-sponsored by NOLS, the Student Conservation Association, and Outward Bound—three organizations that understand the complexity of running a quality outdoor educational program and provide workshops that meet the needs of industry professionals.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook