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Wilderness first aid course

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 8:00AM - Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:00PM


Mountain Research Station

818 County Road 118, Nederland, Colorado

This is a second iteration of the Wilderness First Aid class offered on July 7-8.

We are offering a NOLS Wilderness Medicine curriculum.  The certification is good for two years. Topics covered include patient assessment system, emergency and evacuation plans, spine injury, head injury, shock, wilderness wound management, musculoskeletal injury, heat illness, cold injury, lightning, altitude illness, medical patients, anaphylaxis. CPR will be taught in a separate course at the MRS this summer, date TBD; email for more details.

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. 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.

Course cost is $183.00 per person. Class size is limited to 15 persons. We are taking steps to ensure the class complies with all current University and NOLS Covid19 guidance. To reserve a space, please send an email to with your name, contact information, and project or speedtype to cover the course cost. You may also pay with cash or check made out to the University of Colorado if your project/department/institution is not covering the cost.

Our instructor this year is Mike Zawaski. Mike is an outdoor educator, college instructor, field-researcher, and climber who has been bridging formal and informal education with the outdoors for 25 years. Mike holds a PhD from CU Boulder in geology, has surveyed Inca monuments for their astronomical significance, and has worked courses for Outward Bound climbing glaciated peaks, rafting down rivers, and kayaking on the ocean for 22 years. This is Mike's 21st year with NOLS Wilderness Medicine. He has a long history in wilderness risk management as a wildland firefighter/EMT, and member of Yosemite NP Search and Rescue, plus he is the author of Snow Travel, through the Mountaineers Books Outdoor Expert series. 

More information about the class can be found at