Wilderness First Aid

Field trip: Basic Climbing Course

Wilderness First Aid - Bellingham YMCA

Required first aid for Basic Mountaineering students. Taught by Wilderness Medical Associates, completion of this course will provide a 3-year certification in Wilderness First Aid.

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  • Easy


When -

  • Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10
  • 7:45 am - 6:00 pm both days

Where -

  • The Firs, Alpine Room -  4605 Cable St, Bellingham, WA
  • Directions: take Lakeway Dr toward Lake Whatcom, at Electric Ave stay right and Lakeway Dr becomes Cable St, come to the crest of a hill and cross Geneva St and then a crosswalk, turn left into a driveway in front of The Firs offices, drive past the registration office on the right and then the Alpine Room on the left, park in guest parking past the Alpine Room where the driveway turns to the right
  • https://thefirs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/RetreatCenter_Grounds-map.pdf


To do before class -

  • Go to https://www.wildmed.com/wilderness-medicine-search-rescue-training-event-materials/ to access required pre-course materials
  • Use the course number (29406) in both course ID and password fields to login
  • Review the "Course Participation Standards" and "Functional Position Description"
  • You do not need to do a pre-test or complete any other tasks on the WMA website

Clothing -

  • Wear what you would wear to go on a day hike that day, and dress in layers so that you will be comfortable both indoors and outdoors
  • Don't wear nice clothing and gear though - it is possible that clothing could become dirty, stained or torn, so wear clothing that you don't mind getting messed up
  • You may bring extra dry/comfortable clothing for the classroom sessions inside if it is raining and your clothing may get wet during practice sessions outside

Gear -

  • Bring a pack of what you would carry on a day hike that day

Lunch -

  • Bring lunch and snacks to eat on site, there will not be time to leave for lunch
  • Bring a water bottle, extra water will be available - coffee will also be available in the classroom, so bring a coffee mug with a lid if you would like


students will earn:

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See Leader's Notes

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