wilderness medicine

Wilderness Medicine Case Study # 2: Rock Fall on Descent

This accident has been adapted from Accidents in North American Climbing 2021. The accident was real. The discussion of actions is a hypothetical exercise to review wilderness medicine practices and critical thinking in emergencies.

Throughout this case study, I’ll indicate the scene and what happen in italicsQuestions for the reader to consider before moving on are underlined. Everything else will be a discussion of wilderness medicine practices.

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The Incident

In this incident, there are two people headed out to explore potential boulders to climb. It is March in the Pacific Northwest, so we can envision a lush, wooded area, with a fair bit of weather swings.  This was during the pandemic, and thus they were trying to be socially responsible by avoiding crowded areas.  In their exploration they used creek beds and erosion pathways to hike off trail.  The incident took place on their descent which was returning the same way they had hiked earlier.

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draws on a route

Wilderness Medicine Case Study 1: Climber Fall

 

Leader Fall on rock

 

This accident has been adapted from Accidents in North American Climbing 2021.[i]  The accident was real. The discussion of actions is a hypothetical exercise to review wilderness medicine practices and critical thinking in emergencies.

 

Throughout this case study, I’ll indicate the scene and what happen in italics. Questions for the reader to consider before moving on are underlined. Everything else is discussion of wilderness medicine practices.

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How to choose between a hybrid WFR vs Traditional

Gut-Z Journey offers 2 different wilderness first responder course formats.  One is a traditional 7 or 8 day course.  The other is a hybrid WFR course, giving you 5 days of in person learning.   It can be hard to decide which is the right course for your needs.  Beyond the obvious difference in class time there are a variety of reasons to choose one course over the other.

 

Is a Hybrid Course right for you?  Let’s explore some of the pros and cons of both course formats.

 

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