[at-l] Rescue at Rice Field Shelter--Follow Up

kinnickinichere at aol.com kinnickinichere at aol.com
Sat Apr 3 23:01:48 CDT 2010


The FU is posted.  Interesting.

Happy Easter, all.

--Kinnickinic





-----Original Message-----
From: rcli4 at comcast.net
To: Mara Factor <mfactor at gmail.com>
Cc: at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Fri, Apr 2, 2010 5:57 pm
Subject: Re: [at-l] Rescue at Rice Field Shelter


Or you could do like Felix.  Marry a Doctor and make them go with ya.  
Clyde

----- Original Message -----
From: Mara Factor 
To: Black Wolfe 
Cc: at-l 
Sent: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 12:19:25 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: [at-l] Rescue at Rice Field Shelter

I'm pretty sure she meant Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training.  While WFR is a great idea, it's a huge commitment, taking about 80 hours.  It's also prohibitively expensive for many hikers at about $400.  (According tot he SOLO web site.) 

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training, taking only 2 days, is a course most hikers who spend a lot of time in the backcountry could find time and resources to take.  It costs about $85.  


I recommend WFA training.  It goes well beyond what is taught in urban First Aid classes.  Rather than the golden hour, you're taught to deal with the golden day, the longer timer period necessary for evacuation from the backcountry.  And it doesn't start with the recommendation in emergencies to yell "call 911."  Hmm, or at least, it didn't 11+ years ago when I took the class.



Though my training was a long time ago and I haven't be recertified at all, I do review my WFA materials from time to time and the training has come in useful a surprising number of times.


Mara
Stitches, AT99

Visit my Travels and Trails web site at: http://friends.backcountry.net/m_factor



On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 5:52 AM, Black Wolfe <blackwolfe at charter.net> wrote:


On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 8:41 PM, kinnickinichere 

wrote:
 
> To me it reinforces my belief that we need to have 


> woofer training and, if possible, a partner out 

there.
 

======================================
 
I have not heard the term "woofer training" 

before.  Can you elaborate?
 
Black Wolfe
Bruce W.

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