Join us at the 2019 Wilderness Risk Management Conference!

Each year, The Mountaineers brings several of our volunteers to the Wilderness Risk Management Conference. Learn more about this year’s conference – held on October 30 - November 1 in Albuquerque, NM – and apply to attend as a representative of The Mountaineers!
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July 18, 2019
Join us at the 2019 Wilderness Risk Management Conference!

How do industry trends affect, shape, and impact our programs at The Mountaineers? If this is a question that you've ever considered – and a conversation that you're interested in being a part of – we invite you to join The Mountaineers at this year's Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is an annual gathering of outdoor professionals that creates an unparalleled opportunity for experts from various facets of the risk management world – practitioners, administrators, insurance providers, wilderness medical professionals, equipment manufacturers, and attorneys – to convene in one place and share knowledge. Offered by NOLS, the spirit of the conference is captured in the WRMC Tenets and can be summarized as: a community of outdoor professionals sharing practices, learning, and experience in a collaborative environment.

This year's conference takes place on October 30 - November 1 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We hope that you'll consider joining us!


We've reserved seven slots at the 2019 WRMC for our volunteers, paid for by The Mountaineers. We invite you to apply for one of these spots, attend on behalf of The Mountaineers, and bring what you learn back to your branch and our organization! We hope to have representation from each branch.  Please complete an online application no later than August 26 to receive full consideration! Staff will support our branch chairs to make final selections  by September 3.


Please note: Mountaineers representatives will receive complimentary conference registration ($645 value) plus shared accommodations, but must arrange for their own travel to and from Albuquerque. If travel is cost-prohibitive, please consider applying for a Leadership Development Fund grant to cover those additional expenses.

Alternatively, all members are invited to register today, at their own expense, and ensure themselves a seat at the table. Early bird registration is available until August 16, and pricing goes up again after September 27!

WHAT can you expect as an attendee?

The WRMC is a melting pot of expertise, and a junction where industry leaders converge to discuss trends, standards, and best-practices. If you want to learn more about the changing views on wilderness medical practices, hear about recent developments in legal cases pertaining to the outdoors, explore how technology can be used to mitigate risk, collaborate with others on fostering a culture of incident reporting, or discover better ways to design and deliver trainings - then the WRMC is a great fit for you!

In addition to the physical risks that many of us associate with risk-management, the WRMC is also designed to help attendees learn about managing two other types of risk: organizational risk (things that threaten your business) and emotional risk (the emotional well-being of participants in outdoor adventures).

This year, we're particularly excited to highlight two workshop sessions. Our very own Katja Hurt, a volunteer with our Olympia Branch, will present a workshop called Breaking the Halo: Empowering Students in Outdoor Education. And Tracy Rekart, a presenter at our Leadership Development Series and contributor to Mountaineer magazine, will present a workshop called The Body Doesn’t Lie: Managing Risk Through Somatic-Based Learning

Click here for a full schedule, including workshop descriptions and speaker bios!


Please contact Sara Ramsay, Volunteer Development Manager, with any questions about attending this year’s Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Albuquerque. Attending the WRMC is an outstanding opportunity to gain new insights and skills that will benefit you, your branch, and The Mountaineers as an organization. We hope you’ll apply to join us!

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Tony Tsuboi
Tony Tsuboi says:
Jul 18, 2019 01:22 PM

If you have an interest in the higher level risk management aspects of the club, this is a really fantastic opportunity to network with peers and benchmark with similar groups in the outdoor education community.