The Wilderness First Responder Experience - Table Rock, NC

The nine days spent in Table Rock, North Carolina receiving my Wilderness First Responder certification can be classified, I believe, as a vacation for knowledge. For eighty hours we gained a thorough instruction on the various and many ways in which one might care for others and self after arriving up creek without a paddle in the middle of the backcountry.  Cuts, scrapes, abrasions, reactions, bites, stings, bruises, hemorrhages, closed fractures, open fractures, amputations, dislocations, hypothermia, shock, trauma, trauma, trauma. This was the course curriculum, with some CPR and mental first aid thrown in for the sake of every outdoor enthusiast’s rounded education. I left my Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course distended with knowledge, filled to the gorge with excitement for the coming adventures, and sad to be leaving my little, tight-knit WFR family .... 

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