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    • Monday, February 05, 2024
    • Wednesday, February 07, 2024
    • YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

    WRC refreshes a current Wilderness First Responder certification with new research in wilderness medicine based on the Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Guidelines and updated industry-standard guidelines set forth by the Wilderness Education Medicine Collaborative (WMEC). Course participants will review foundational knowledge and apply newly learned skills and guidelines via hands-on scenarios and simulations. This course is a hybrid model, with an online session (8 hours) and an in-person session (16 hours), totaling 24 hours. 

    This course includes the hybrid Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course (WFC) (3 year certification), CPR (3 year certification), and Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training (2 year certification)

    Details: The Hybrid WRC format offers 8 hours of self-paced, online instruction followed by two consecutive days in the classroom (Feb 5-6, 2024). The online component is hosted on CANVAS®, a cloud-based classroom and powerful learning management system that allows individual students to work at a personalized pace. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and a midterm exam and is available approximately 1 month before the in-person classroom section.   

    The hybrid format works best for self-motivated individuals with good time management skills that have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, and high-speed internet. This instructional format provides opportunities for course participants to learn at their own speed, during their most convenient times, in their own space. 

    During the classroom section, course participants integrate their knowledge via drills, skill stations, scenarios, simulations, and discussions with the same instructor team that support them during the online component.

    Registration for the Hybrid WRC includes both the online and classroom sections. In the event that an individual is unable to meet in-person, or a classroom section is canceled, course participants have the flexibility to transfer to another 2-day classroom section as long as it is within 1-year of completing the online component. 

    Dates: In-Person, Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6

    Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

    84 Blue Ridge Circle

    Black Mountain, NC 28711

    Course Fee: $450 (includes both online and classroom sessions) 

    Prerequisites: Valid WFR certification. 

    Did you obtain your last training from a wilderness medicine education provider other than Desert Mountain Medicine? Click here

    Lodging: Lodging at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly can be purchased when registering for this event. 

    Meals: No meals will be provided. Black Mountain has a variety of restaurants within a short drive of the YMCA. The YMCA will also have a small kitchenette with refrigerator available for attendees to use.

    For More Info: visit Desert Mountain Medicine

    Minimum: This course will run with a minimum of 15 participants. If the course minimum is not met by 1 month prior to the course start date, the course will be canceled and registrants will be refunded. 

    Cancelation Policy:

    Registration: Register HERE!

    The deadline for registration is Jan 1, 2024.

    • Monday, February 05, 2024
    • Wednesday, February 07, 2024
    • Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina and surrounding areas

    The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. It was developed to fit in the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Rock program. 

    Clinic Details: The SPI Course is a 27-hour training course that normally runs as three consecutive nine-hour days or day classes with evening sessions and is for aspiring climbing guides. The SPI program is the quintessential course to enter guiding in the United States. Learn more about the program here. Curriculum topics include: single pitch guiding and instruction, risk management, teaching climbing, rope skills, basic rescue skills, professionalism, crag etiquette and Leave No Trace skills.

    Dates: February 5 - 7, 2024

    Location: Chimney Rock State Park

    Clinic Fee: $650


    • At least 18 yrs old at course start date
    • Minimum 12 months prior climbing experience
    • An active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro)
    • Lead a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes
    • Capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on top rope
    • Genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags
    • Professional Member of the AMGA

    Clinic Facilitator: Karsten Delap

      Minimum: This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants. If the course minimum is not met by 1 month prior to the course start date, the course will be canceled and registrants will be refunded. 

      For More Info: visit AMGA 

      Registration: Registration coming soon!

      • Wednesday, February 07, 2024
      • Friday, February 09, 2024
      • YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC

       35th Annual International Conference

      in Black Mountain, NC

      Feb 7-9, 2024

      Are you on the right bearing for your career? Check in with us at this International Conference on Outdoor Leadership (ICOL) to gain insights that will help you navigate your path with purpose. Join us to cultivate mindfulness while fine-tuning your professional navigation.  

      ICOL 2024 will take place at the YMCA’s Blue Ridge Assembly conference center in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville, NC.  The 2024 ICOL is designed to deliver an inspired, practical, and motivating learning experience for attendees. The theme for the 2024 conference will be FINDING TRUE NORTH: GUIDING WILDERNESS EDUCATION WITH INTENTIONALITY.

      To learn more about the conference or to register, click HERE.

    Wilderness Education Association, Inc.
    151 NC Highway 9, Ste B, Box 136
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

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