Wilderness First Responder

Date and Time

Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:00AM - Sunday, January 12, 2020 5:00PM


AMC Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.


Wilderness First Responder: This 72-hour course uses the principles of long-term patient care, improvised resources, and varying environmental conditions as the framework for responding to medical incidents in remote settings. Lecture, hands-on practice, and simulated rescues emphasize injury prevention and decision making in emergencies. Course graduates will receive CPR and Wilderness First Responder certificates. The WFR is the most widely accepted standard in wilderness medical care for professional outdoor leaders including mountain and river guides, wilderness trip leaders, camp and outing club leaders, rangers-anyone who is responsible for the safety and care of a group of people in the backcountry. This course takes an in-depth look at the underlying physiology of common and uncommon emergencies that you might encounter in the backcountry. It goes well beyond the WFA by taking a more detailed look at the mechanisms of injuries and illnesses - trauma, environmental issues like hypothermia, heat illnesses, high-altitude disorders - and explores the treatment of other, less common, life-threatening problems like head and chest trauma and acute abdominal illnesses and injuries as well as blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases. Long-term care, decision-making, organizing a rescue team and improvised rescues are covered in-depth. Includes CPR certification. Program Highlights: •Comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. •Coverage of topics is much more extensive than two-day WFA courses with hands-on practice •Nationally recognized certification for 3 years The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.

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Starting at:

Adult: $879 member / $949 non-member
*Full course prices listed include all meals from lunch on first day through lunch on last day; bunk room lodging for 8 nights, instruction, handouts, WFR and CPR certification with successful completion of course. Private rooms may be available at a higher rate. Instruction only $469: includes instruction, handouts, all lunches, WFR and CPR certification with successful completion of course.

Past participants say...

"The course exceeded my expectations because of how realistic and down to earth it was. It was engaging and outlined real problems we could encounter as well as worst case scenarios." Participant, "The course exceeded my expectations. The entire course was very informative and provided me with a sense of comfort in the backcountry."

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First Aid
Instruction (Skills)
Specialty Skills

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Joe Dodge Lodge




Adults (18+)


(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.


ABOUT SOLO: Recognized as the founders of Wilderness Medical education, SOLO boasts a 36-year history of training more than 180,000 students in various wilderness medical programs. Today, SOLO is considered the premiere provider of wilderness medical courses, maintaining its leadership in the field by its up-to-date curriculums, its highly skilled instructors, and its commitment to high quality educational standards. The AMC and SOLO have been in partnership since SOLO's inception in 1976.