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Wilderness first aid class

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 8:30AM - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 4:30PM


Alice Hill


Mountain Research Station near Nederland, CO

The Mountain Research Station is hosting a Wilderness First Aid class to start our field season at the end of May. This is an excellent course to prepare you for field work in any field or back country location. The knowledge learned in this class will teach you how to first prevent, then prepare for and respond to, an emergency in the field should the worst case occur.

We are offering a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute curriculum, taught by Alice Hill. Certification is good for two years.

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

For more information on the WFA class, see

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 is a hydrologist and post doctoral researcher at University of Colorado's 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.

Summary of curriculum


  • Introductions
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Afternoon
  • Emergency and Evacuation Plans
  • Spine Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Shock
  • Wilderness Wound Management


  • Wilderness Wound Management (cont.)
  • Scenario
  • Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Heat Illness
  • Afternoon
  • Scenario
  • Cold Injury
  • Lightning
  • Altitude Illness
  • The Medical Patient 
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Closure


all INSTAARs: $225