Be Prepared for Any Climbing Wilderness Emergency

Join our intensive Wilderness First Aid for Climbers course and gain the skills you need to handle medical emergencies in remote and challenging climbing environments and know how to get out of them. this course offering includes a standard WFA offering, followed by rock rescue skills so that you are equipped to escape dangerous situations and get your patient out to safety. Whether you’re a climber, guide, or just someone who loves adventure, this course is designed to equip you with practical, lifesaving knowledge tailored specifically for climbing scenarios.

Why Choose Our Course?

  • Hands-On Training: Learn through real-life climbing scenarios and practical exercises.
  • Expert Instructors: Gain insights from experienced wilderness medicine professionals and climbers.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Covering everything from basic first aid to complex climbing-related medical emergencies.
  • Certification: Earn a respected Wilderness First Aid certification.

Specialized Topics:

  • Breaks, fractures, and sprains of the skeletal system.
  • Head trauma.
  • Environmental injuries: Heat, Hypothermia, Hyperthermia, Lightning.
  • Pulley injuries.
  • Back injuries related to blunt force trauma.
  • Rock rescue.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:

Morning (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM):

  • Introduction and overview of Wilderness Medicine for Climbers.
  • Patient Assessment System: Scene Survey, Primary and Secondary Surveys tailored to climbing situations.
  • Basic Life Support: CPR, Choking, Wilderness Considerations in climbing settings.
  • Hypovolemic Shock and Initial Treatment Steps specific to climbing accidents.

Afternoon (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM):

  • Spine Injury Management and Patient Handling in Vertical Environments.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries and Wound Management from falls and impacts.
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries: Improvised Splints and Slings for climbing injuries.
  • Chest and Lung Injuries: Recognition and Immediate Care in Remote Climbing Locations.

Day 2:

Morning (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM):

  • Altitude Illnesses: Acute Mountain Sickness, HAPE, HACE specific to high-altitude climbs.
  • Environmental Emergencies: Lightning, Drowning, Hypothermia in climbing environments.
  • Heat Illnesses and Hydration Issues for Climbers.

Afternoon (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM):

  • Medication Administration in Wilderness Climbing Settings.
  • Handling Common Medical Problems: Heart Attacks, Strokes in climbing situations.
  • Managing Blood Sugar Emergencies and Severe Allergies in Remote Climbing Areas.
  • Final Review and Certification Exam.

Day 3:

Morning (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM):

  • Introduction to Rock Rescue Techniques.
  • Knots and Anchors: Essential skills for rescue scenarios.
  • Rappelling and Ascending: Techniques for safe and efficient movement on the rock.

Afternoon (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM):

  • Rescue Scenarios: Simulated rescues to practice skills in real-life settings.
  • Self-Rescue Techniques: What to do if you’re injured or stranded.
  • Team Rescue Techniques: Coordinating with climbing partners to execute effective rescues.
  • Final Practical: Demonstrate your rescue skills and receive feedback from instructors.
Course Dates Price Location Course Length Difficulty Rating
Course DatesOctober 18th -20th, 2024 Price$578 LocationGolden, CO Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesApril 25th - 27th, 2025 Price$578 LocationGolden, CO Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesSeptember 12th - 14th, 2025 Price$578 LocationGolden, CO Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
  • Climbing intensive: Cover common injuries in climbing environments.
  • 24-Hour Intensive Training: Over three days, immerse yourself in an engaging and informative experience.
  • Field Scenarios: Practice skills in realistic wilderness settings.
  • Critical Skills: From CPR and wound management to handling hypothermia and technical rescue skills.
  • Small Class Sizes: Get personalized attention and direct feedback.
  • WFR Recertification: This course counts towards those seeking WFR recertification.
Price Includes



  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area
  • Gratuity
  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)
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