Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2005

Chugach seeks advice on Summit Lake

The Chugach National Forest announced Wednesday that a second series of community workshops will be held to generate ideas and develop management scenarios for providing quality winter access to National Forest System lands south of Summit Lake on the Kenai Peninsula, including the Resurrection Pass travel corridor.

Gregg Walker and Steve Daniels, collaborative learning consultants, will return to facilitate these workshops, which will be held in three different locations. They will be at the Soldotna Sports Center on Thursday from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., the University of Alaska Anchorage Commons, room 107, on Wednesday from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the Hotel Edgewater in Seward on April 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walker and Daniels said the purpose of these workshops is to provide people with opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the Forest Service planning process. The duo has almost 15 years of working with communities on various land management issues.

Backcountry medical seminar offered

Lucy Tate is sponsoring an intensive backcountry medical training course in Haines from April 13 to 18. This 36-hour, hands-on Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course will enable students to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles away from help and dialing 911 is not an option. This course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and those who spend time in remote areas. Graduates will receive WAFA certification by Wilderness Medical Associates, valid for three years, as well as BLS level CPR and anaphylaxis certification.

Wilderness medicine differs from traditional emergency medicine in three respects. First, transport times are measured in hours and days rather than minutes so many phases of patient care that usually take place in a hospital must be carried out in the field. Second, severe environments dramatically increase the complexity of any emergency and heighten risk to patient and rescuers alike. Third, limited equipment makes improvisation and resourcefulness essential skills.

Professional instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates, world leaders in backcountry medical training, will address these issues and more. Over four days, instructors will introduce students to the basic ideas of medicine for the field, whether the field is a national park or the high seas.

Classes are fast-paced with an emphasis on practical skills. Mornings are devoted to lectures while afternoon and evenings are spent outside working on everything from litter construction to full-scale rescue simulation. Realistic simulations, complete with fake wounds and stage blood, will be conducted. All simulations will be videotaped and debriefed for enhanced learning.

Call Lucy Tate at (907) 766-2011 or contact her at rutzebeck@usa.net. Also, call toll free at (888) WILDMED or log on to www.wildmed.com for course description and future courses.

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