An in-depth look at the origins and history of Wilderness Medicine and the critical skill of Listening in the ‘most human of sciences’, Medicine.
First off, I think everyone should take one. Everyone that is, who enjoys or works in outdoors or travels in rural or remote places. Do you hike? Take a first aid class. Do you mountain bike? Take a first aid class. Do you backpack, climb, backcountry ski, trail run, canoe, slackline, or have a passion for extreme unicycling? Maybe you’re just prone to accidents, bumps and bruises, or maybe you have kids who are the ones getting bumps and bruises (I have a three-year old, I can relate). The list goes on. If you spend time in nature, in my opinion you should have some first aid skills.
I lean hard toward a tendency to be prepared, it’s a holdover from my instructor years with Outward Bound. But if I’m really honest, it’s just part of who I am – those who know me will understand my challenges with packing…even for a short weekend trip. Your skills might help a stranger someday, but more likely they will come in handy for yourself or a friend or family member, after all, that’s probably who you are spending time with. Now I’m partial to NOLS Wilderness Medicine, they trained me years ago, and I now work for them (full disclosure) but check out what Outside Online has to say about it.
Pasadena Outdoor Education began as a tiny seed in my brain many years ago, when I first moved to Pasadena. Having spent the previous seven years doing field work in places like southeast Alaska, Minnesota, New Mexico, the Northeast, and Colorado, there seemed to be a distinct lack of Outdoor Programs, and therefore employment options in the area. Over the last decade, as I put down roots and started a family in Pasadena and joined the faculty of NOLS Wilderness Medicine, all the pieces of the puzzle started to come together, and finally, this year, Pasadena Outdoor Education was created.
In partnership with NOLS Wilderness Medicine, we have a couple courses scheduled for October at a beautiful facility in Altadena, and hopefully we’ll have more options in the spring and summer of 2018. In addition, we offer consulting to schools, organizations and clubs to assist with outdoor education curriculum development, risk management, program evaluation and incident analysis.
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