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Wilderness First Aid class

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 12:00AM - Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00PM


Alice Hill


Mountain Research Station

Start your field season with a wilderness first aid course at the Mountain Research Station. This is an excellent course to prepare you for field work in remote back country locations. The knowledge learned in this class will teach you how to prepare for, and respond to, an emergency situation in the field, as well as help you avoid an emergency situation in the first place.

The NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute curriculum will be taught by Alice Hill. 

To reserve a spot, send email to with your name, contact information, and how you will pay (by project speed type or check made out to the University of Colorado).

Course description

Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" In this fast-paced and hands-on course, you will learn how to prepare for the unexpected. The NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute’s (WMI) curriculum includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction and epinephrine administration. In just two days, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for field scientists, trip leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals in remote locations. WMI's course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service and other governmental agencies. This course does not include CPR. The MRS is hosting a separate CPR course date TBD, email for details.


Alice Hill is a hydrologist and post doctoral researcher at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. She studies water vulnerabilities in data scarce mountain areas, specifically in the Andes and across the High Asia's Hindu-Kush-Himalaya. In addition to her research field work, much of Alice's wilderness medical field experience comes from her position as a mountaineering and whitewater instructor who has taught extensively at NOLS’ high latitude  locations from Norway and Alaska to New Zealand and Patagonia. In the field Alice has taught specialty groups like Navy SEALs and NASA astronaut-scientists as well as hundreds of traditional university-aged students. She comes from an outdoor background in commercial guiding on rivers and mountains in South and Central America, Tasmania and the western USA since 1999. Alice has been an educator in a variety of formats and venues, but she believes Wilderness Medicine Institute's high standard of intentionality and its extremely deliberate teaching strategy goes unmatched. She is well known in the NOLS world for having fluctuating accents depending on the people around her—whether it be in her native Rhode Island or her spiritual home in New Zealand.


CU students and researchers


per person: $215