"Life's too short not to go big."
~ Josh Bender, Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
Everyone on the trail has stories.
The busted ankle five miles from the car—where you also left your cell phone.
The downhill crash over a massive drop that definitely 100% wasn't there last time.
The rattler that bit you mid-jump. And on and on.
Learn how to take stock of common MTB and trail running injuries, improvise treatment from whatever's handy, and make an informed decision about whether it's OK to keep going or get outside help.
Caught on a peak in a lightning storm?
Want to be ready for everything from sprains, fractures and blood to snakes, bears and feral hogs? Plus hypothermia and heat stroke? And the occasional face plant over a tree root?
You'll get all that—and fewer worried looks every time you head out.
What You'll Learn
Via self-paced online lectures, interactive video scenarios, medical case assignments, knowledge checks & quizzes
Injury assessment & basic life support
MARCH & SAMPLE patient assessment protocols; breathing, circulatory & nervous system assessment; spinal stabilization; basic CPR & Heimlich maneuver training
Common outdoor medical problems
Treating & stabilizing impalements, broken bones, finger amputations, muscle injuries, bleeding, wounds, cold injuries, heat illness, lightning and altitude ilness & more
Terrain, temperature & weather hazards
Heat & cold related injuries; wildfires, lightning & burns; floods, tides & drowning; avalanches & earthquakes; acute mountain & altitude sickness (AMS, HACE, HAPE)
Wildlife attacks & treating injuries
Dealing with grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions; snakes & scorpions; other venomous animal & insect bites, stings, rabies prevention & communicable & waterborne diseases
Basic outdoor survival skills
Route, logistics & supplies planning; avoiding getting lost, signaling for rescue; finding and treating water for safe drinking, maximizing chances of being found alive
Learn to improvise medical care
with everyday items
Demonstrate skills like splinting, tourniquets and neck braces on volunteer "patients" via video and photo submissions.
Get personalized feedback from our medical faculty on each and every assignment.
Includes Widely Accepted Two-Year Certification
Accepted by National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, National Assn for Search & Rescue, ACA/PaddleSports (American Canoe), mountain rescue teams, ski/beach patrol, SAR teams, local Sierra Club chapters, guide & expedition businesses & many others
NOTE: As a matter of policy, federal & state agencies do not endorse specific wilderness medicine schools or programs.
90 Days Unlimited Course Access
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AK, CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY + BC
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for the Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Yellowstone, Lake Tahoe, Big Sky, Glacier, Denali, Katmai National Parks & more
CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for the AT, Adirondacks, Acadia, L. Champlain, Moosehead, Cape Cod NS, Blackstone, L. Winnipesaukee, Boston Harbor Islands & more
CA, HI, OR, WA
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park, Crater Lake, Mount Hood, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, Denali National Park, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park & more
AZ, NM, OK, TX
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, White Sands National Park, Big Bend National Park, Lake Travis, Guadalupe Mountains National Park & US desert backcountry
IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for the Badlands, Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Ozarks, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Mark Twain National Forest & more.
KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, Smoky Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, US eastern coastline & more
IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for the Great Lakes, Boundary Waters, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Isle Royale National Park, Indiana Dunes National Park & more
AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS
Wildlife, hazards & rescue calls for Everglades, Bogue Chitto, Kisatchie NF, Little R. Canyon, Dry Tortugas, Natchez Tr., Chattahoochee R., Gulf Coast & more
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Survival Med Faculty
Natalie Bonthius, MD
Founder of Survival Med & Emergency & Survival Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
Carson Harper, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
Richard Ingebretsen, MD
Clinical Instructor & Wild Med U Program Director, University of Utah School of Medicine
Paramedic & Firefighter, Jackson Hole Fire & EMS and Grand Teton National Park
Robert Scanlon, MD
Quadruple Board-Certified Critical Care, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine Physician