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Target Audience

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.


CME Information

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

8 California Continuing Education credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

Rock Climbing in Spain with Wilderness Medicine CME


Tahoe Wilderness Medicine is excited to offer a week of sport climbing in Spain in conjunction with our Summer Wilderness Medicine Curriculum November 4-11.   The retreat is based in the beautiful Montsec Mountains of Northwest Catalunya on the edge of the Pyrenees.  We will foster personal and professional development with daily sport climbing, daily breath work, as well as continuing education.


  • Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness Patient Assessment
  • Heat Related Illness
  • Wound Management and Burns
  • Drowning/Submersion/Dive Injuries
  • Bites, Stings, Animal Attacks
  • Cold Related Illness
  • Wilderness Trauma - Case Based Workshop

Educational Objectives: 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

We have partnered with Zach Fletcher of Mind Body Climb ( to coordinate this retreat.  Our group will discover the greatest concentration of quality limestone in Spain.  We will be housed at Abella Climb.  The Eco-Refugi is a refinished guesthouse in the village of Abella ce la Conca.  It has its own kitchen, sauna, and yoga/meditation studio. 

This is an incredible opportunity to climb the north of Spain during its premier season.  The climbing is best for those accustomed to 5.10 sport climbing - albeit well bolted by American standards.  Further details regarding climbing and daily itineraries can be found on You can also register for this retreat without the CME credit at

Registration Includes:

This is a truly hassle free European climbing retreat!  The registration includes:

  • 8 hours of Category 1 CME issued by the WILDERNESS MEDICAL SOCIETY
  • 7 nights lodging
  • 6 days of sport climbing
  • 6 days of climbing coaching
  • Transportation to and from the airport in Barcelona
  • Daily breathing practice
  • Transportation to the crags
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • Local Wine tasting

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.


John Swanson
Education Director - MD, FACEP
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John Swanson is a board certified emergency physician at a Level II trauma center and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM).  He is currently the medical director for the Northstar Medical Clinic, which manages acute ski and snowboard injuries on the mountain.  He has served as medical director and assistant medical director for the Tahoe Forest Hospital District EMS and the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) in Reno respectively.  As well as the Medical Director for Careflight. Dr. Swanson is currently an ATLS instructor and has presented various topics in emergency and wilderness medicine to a variety of audiences including UNSOM, numerous ski patrols, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Physicians. He is also AIARE level 1 and level 2 certified.

Faculty Disclosure

All faculty reported no relevant financial relationships to disclose.