Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
13 California Continuing Education credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course and Yurt Trip California
High Sierra Snowcat & Yurt and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC offer a unique avalanche class experience for backcountry skiers and riders combined with Continued Medical Education in the legendary Eastern Sierra. This avalanche course is taught by a certified AIARE (American Institute Avalanche Research and Education) instructors and will be based out of the yurt and will be comprised of both classroom and field work. The snowcat will be used to facilitate these courses and access terrain. All meals will be cooked by the instructor & guides.
The Yurts are situated in the backcountry for prime access to great skiing and riding. To get to the Yurts, we shuttle our guests and their gear with our snowcat. Instruction, food, and yurt lodging is all provided. We combine this experience with 13 hours of Continued Medical Education both in the yurts and out in the field for an educational but enjoyable four days, three nights. Go to Highseirrasnowcat.com for more detailed information about the yurts, skiing and riding.
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain. This can be done using skis, splitboard or snowboard with snowshoes (see prerequisites below). Please familiarize yourself with the following resources as they will help prepare you for the topics discussed in the course.
An AIARE Level 1 Certificate will be awarded upon completion.
ON AN AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 1 YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT:
- Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
- Types and characteristics of avalanches
- Avalanche motion
- Size classification
- The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
- Observations and Information Gathering
- Field observation techniques
- Bonding tests: rutschblock, compression test
- Avalanche danger factors “Red Flags”
- Observation checklist
- Avalanche danger scale
- Trip Planning and Preparation
- Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment and selection
- Route finding and travel techniques
- Decision making and Human Factors
- Companion Rescue and Equipment
Learn practical wilderness medicine skills in an outdoor environment
Through lectures, hands-on sessions, and scenarios, you will enhance your medical training and learn to apply your medical knowledge to the winter outdoor environment.
- Acute Mountain Sickness
- Ski and Snowboard Injury Patterns
- Avalanche Resuscitation
- Fractures and Dislocations in the the Wilderness
- Wilderness Medical Kits
- Pre-hospital Patient Assessment and Care in the Wilderness
- Wilderness Rescue for the Backcountry Traveler
- Avalanche Rescue
- Avalanche Case Scenarios
After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
- Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
- Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC reserves the right to change or substitute course faculty without advance or prior notice to participants.
It is the policy of Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC to disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest of faculty members related to the content of their presentation to participants to help the participants form their own judgment about the presentation.