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.