Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Gear List

You should plan to wear or have with you clothing that will be appropriate to the season and location where you will be taking your course.  Weather permitting, we will be spending a significant portion of the class time out-of-doors.  The following list is to SUPPLEMENT the clothing you will be wearing and is to be considered a minimum.  You are free to supplement it with anything else you would normally carry.  You will be using your equipment to provide … Read More

Your Personal First Aid Kit

Every year, during my first aid courses, folks ask me for a list of what to put in a personal first aid kit.  I have compiled a list based on what has worked well for me over the past 25 years. You may have specific items that work best for you. This is just a guideline.  Over time you will adjust this basic list and add or subtract what works for your specific needs.  Make sure you carry your first … Read More

Wilderness First Aid Afloat

This  past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat Course at the Waldo County Technical Center in Belfast, Maine. This is the fourth year I have taught this course for the Maine Island Trails Association (MITA).  MITA  I don’t get on my soapbox about many things but Wilderness Medicine is one of them. I believe with all my heart that anyone who spends time in the back country, regardless if they are a guide or … Read More

Dress for Success: Staying Warm

It’s a beautiful winter day. The fresh fallen snow blankets the fields and embraces the trees. The sun is shining and the snow is glistening.  You look at the thermometer, -1F and the wind is blowing about 5-10 mph. Should you go outside? Extreme cold and wind… keep yourself safe and warm! Why would anyone want to go out into this cold winter environment?  Well, for starters, the winter landscape can be stunningly beautiful, peaceful, less crowded, and exhilarating. With … Read More