When packing for an outdoor trip, the one thing you never want to forget is a first aid kit. Everyone owns one, whether it be a few band aids and an antibiotic cream or a big elaborate kit that you bought at Stone Harbor. But do you know what is in the kit? Or how to use that stuff? Sure, it comes with a little instruction manual that talks about some of the things that can go wrong but do you really know how to use the supplies? What it if is more serious than a scrape or cut? What if your partner falls off a rock and seems to have a badly broken leg or worse yet, is complaining of severe chest pains?
Over the weekend of November 1 – 3, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply and North House Folk School are sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course at the Folk School campus in Grand Marais.The course is taught by seasoned instructors from National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI).
In this course you learn how to address the unexpected problems that can come up while in the BWCAW or Superior Hiking Trail or anywhere else you might be. It starts on Friday evening with CPR instruction. Saturday and Sunday you tackle problems like the aforementioned cuts and scrapes, breaks and sprains. You discuss bad weather and problems associated like hypothermia and lightning strikes.
We expect this class to fill quickly and is limited to the first 30 who sign up. Go to http://www.northhouse.org/courses/courses/course.cfm/cid/650 for more information. You can also call Stone Harbor at 218-387-3572. All registrations are being handled by North House.