The list of skills and knowledge needed to get into the mountains is never ending. In fact, it’s subject matter that numerous careers are built on, but safe and efficient backcountry travel doesn’t necessarily require a PhD in snow science or a guide’s certification. It takes common sense, good partners, a willingness to learn and, above all, the following 10 things that every skier and rider should know.
It had been a disastrous day on Mount Rainier and night was falling. I keenly felt the loss of the sun as a chill seeped through my light down jacket and my teeth began to chatter. A few feet away, my climbing partner lay on the ground with a life-threatening chest wound that our rescuers had sealed with a nitrile glove and some tape. My own broken ankle was snugly ensconced in a makeshift splint fashioned from a backpack, various articles of clothing, and an elastic bandage. It wasn’t pretty, I thought, noting the sleeve, sock, and other bits and pieces that poked out, but it would certainly do.
NOLS brings more money and jobs to Wyoming.
News 13’s Landon Harrar showed us the numbers from last year and the new opportunities for this year.
NOLS Admission and Marketing Director Bruce Palmer said, “NOLS is an international organization so last year we educated over 26-thousand people and about five thousand of those would have been on NOLS expeditions went through our wilderness medicine training.” NOLS operates internationally and thousands of students took courses.
In my continuing effort to not die while out on the Pacific Crest Trail, or in general, I recently attended a NOLS Wilderness First Aid class, which was hosted by REI, with my girlfriend Cristina. The class was two full days and covered everything from treating blisters to what to do when someone is struck by lightning. Luckily this class was nearby and didn’t require a long drive to some shady place like my ice axe class.
They say that you learn everything you need to know in life in kindergarten. Treat others as you want to be treated, play fair, clean up your own mess, naps are good — the list goes on.
Bitter black coffee is still sliding down the back of my throat as I dunk the paper cup into the recycling bin. After a 13-hour day of turning T-shirts and tree branches into leg splints, wiping off spattered (and thankfully fake) blood, and carrying paralyzed victims through a forest, I needed this little pick-me-up.
The miniature cabin on Highway 83 at Bison and Bear Center will once again be offering coffee and light breakfast foods to early morning risers and others working, shopping, recreating or just passing through Seeley Lake. The former Moose B’ Mornin Espresso will open April 1 under the name Crescent Mountain Coffee and with new proprietor Gus Batchelder.
Just a year ago, Maggie Rogers was a senior in college at New York University. Now, Rogers is performing a string of sold-out shows across North America, but she hasn't quite had time to process that. "It's just pretty silly," Rogers says. "Every show we have played this year has been sold out. I'm not comprehending much this year, to be completely honest."
NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructors gave students the skills to assess and respond during unforeseen emergencies.
One of the most important things students learn is using what's on hand to deal with emergencies.Students during the four week course learn the best way to deal with patients in shock, trauma and suffering from broken bones and much more.