How to treat common injuries in the backcountry.

Are you an avid hiker or backpacker?  Do you know what the common injuries are and how to treat them? Some of the most common injuries in the backcountry include ankle sprains, blisters and wounds.  Most of the time, these injuries can be prevented but other times you need to treat them.

I’ll be teaching a workshop at Adventure 16, Solana Beach on October 10, 2017.  In this information-packed workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent these common injuries, the signs and symptoms and backcountry treatment.  In addition, you’ll learn about essential items for your first aid kit.  Come ready to participate and practice some of these techniques with other people in the audience.

If you cannot attend the workshop, consider taking my Wilderness First Aid class.  For dates and registration visit


Why you should take a Wilderness First Aid class?

If you are an outdoor enthusiast that spends time hiking, paddling, climbing or camping, having the skills to help an injured person in the wilderness is essential. This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than 8 hours).

You’ll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. The curriculum also goes over Spine Injury, Head Injury, Shock, Wilderness Wound Management, Musculoskeletal Injury, Heat Illness, Cold Injury, Lightning, Altitude Illness, The Medical Patient and Anaphylaxis.

Below a video of the Patient Assessment, a fundamental tool taught in this course.

You can sign up for my next course here