Wilderness Medicine Expedition - Mountaineering Style
The Wilderness Medicine Institute's most recent Wilderness Medicine Expedition (WME) just returned from the Cascade Mountains. The WME is a continuing education course designed for EMTs, Medics, RNs, and MDs that focuses on the curriculum areas of wilderness medicine, leadership, and outdoor skills. This particular course was run in conjunction with NOLS Pacific Northwest and had a mountaineering skills focus.
The five WME students began their course with a day of medical work, gear issue, and food preparation at NOLS Pacific Northwest in Conway, Washington. An early departure on day two saw the group dropped off at the Shannon Ridge road head for their backcountry expedition on Mt. Shuksan. One week later the group emerged having learned and shared many new skills and with sore abdominal muscles from a great deal of laughter!
Expedition members practicing patient assessment at NOLS Pacific Northwest.
On the hike into North Cascades National Park.
An improvised splint for an unusable knee injury.
Enroute to the summit of Mt. Shuksan.
Members of the expedition on the summit of Mt. Shuksan!