Wilderness Medical Society 2021 Canyon Country Adventure

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Oct 4, 2021 to Oct 12, 2021

Learn Wilderness Medicine and Desert Skills in the Spectacular Canyon Country of the Southwest.

Discover hidden arches and signs of the ancient Anasazi, explore slot canyons, and climb desert towers on this classic introduction to Southern Utah’s amazing canyon country. Learn and practice hands-on, field-based wilderness medicine skills, with an emphasis on self-care and small group leadership. Become skilled in desert camping, travel, and survival techniques and learn basic canyoneering skills. Revel in and truly experience the spectacular beauty of this iconic landscape. All meals, group gear, and adventures covered. Limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel.


In addition, this course offers 25.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and is eligible for FAWM credits.


Target Audience:
Physicians and other Medical Care Providers who have an interest in providing medical care in “remote” environments such as wilderness settings or in developing countries are encouraged to attend.  Physicians counseling their patients traveling to remote areas will benefit as well.

Physician Assistants:
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Other Professionals:
Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


October 4 - 12, 2021


We will be doing mainly primitive camping and day hikes. Participants will be sleeping in tents, participating in day hikes on rough and at times steep terrain, carrying a full day pack, up to 10 miles (16 km) in length, and exploring deep and narrow slot canyons, as well as slickrock. All activities are "challenge by choice" (if one is not comfortable participating in the activity that can be worked with and ideally an alternative will be suggested and/or provided). Weather can range from hot (30 degrees C/90 degrees F) to cold (-5 degrees C/20 degrees F), with rain, snow, and gusty winds often experienced. Participants will be expected to assist with camp set up/management, cooking and cleaning. 

This week long expedition will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues, especially those experienced in arid and desert areas.  This include hypothermia, hyperthermia, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, toxic animals, and lost persons.
We will meet in St. George, UT (could also fly into Las Vegas, NV) then drive to Bryce National Park and to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the majority of classes and hikes will be held. We'll have additional classes at Zion National Park before returning to St. George.
All food, group camping gear, and ground transportation from St. George will be provided.  Participants will be responsible for their own clothing, eating utensils, and sleeping bag/pad.  Enrollment is limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.


Dixie National Forest, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument