Wilderness First Responder Training is for everyone

Emergency situations happen every day, especially when we least expect them. That’s why it becomes even more important to know how to respond to any situation that may present itself unannounced. Knowing how to administer the correct emergency care can not only save a life but also can help to reduce a person’s time to recover which can make a big difference between the patient having a temporary or long-term disability.

I am an avid traveller and I regularly participate in trekking/hiking and camping trips. I love driving, and exploring new places comes naturally to me. With all my experience and travel, I have realised we often feel or rather think that the place we are travelling is a safe place, but there are risks you wouldn’t think of until they happen. The office or our home/hotel may seem like a safe place to work but as I mentioned there are risks. An accident can occur at any time. Whether you are travelling on road, hiking on a trail, trekking on mountains or just walking st…

Journey To The Hills

Author: Keneivito Christopher Sophi 

(Trek Leadership Course | October 2019)

The beautiful song of my homeland by J. B Jasokie goes like this-
While in distant land away, I contemplate the beauty of my homeland. It brings solace, it brightens my spirit. My yearning for you is never so great till I depart from you. The land of my nativity. Adorned with rivers and mountains,
Your magnificence surpasses human descriptions. I recall the harvest time with raptures, With the moon and stars with rare brilliance shine, Brightening our way as we carry the crops home My beautiful homeland.
I was always fascinated by the idea of “learning as much as you can by doing as much as you can”, but being born and brought up in a conservative society, I never had the opportunity to learn as much as I can by doing as much as I can.
Many a time I would think of the mountains and talk to myself. How they stand so high and calm when we human beings destroy them with our savage instincts, thinking only about our luxurious e…

Braving the Wilderness

Author: Regina Gee 

(Study abroad student from the University of Pittsburgh) 

Where I come from, the rocks making the mountains are over one billion years old. The mountains run roughly north to south and determine which rivers flow to the Atlantic Ocean and which go to the Pacific. They form the continental divide and were formative in the creation of the person I became, in helping to make me a mountain person.   

To borrow the words of Victoria Erickson, 
When you’re a mountain person, you understand the brilliance & beauty of contradiction. The way the land can be your greatest teacher. How something can be both grounding yet elevating, intoxicating yet soothing, wild yet serene, intensely primal yet patient, and cycling yet predictable within shifts & rhythms. Mountains keep us on edge yet wrap us in the sensation of safety all at once.
Growing up in the Rockies helped to show me the majesty and ‘home’ I found in the Himalayas. And my time in the Himalayas could not have embod…


Author: Dhruv Vishwasrao

(Outdoor Leadership Course April 2019)

In the warm month of June, I walked a route which took me deeper into the vibrant valleys of Kashmir and a step further away from civilization. With signals of contentment being sent to my brain from what my eyes could grasp all around and a slight huff in my breath, I carried my rucksack, my home for the next few days, at a steady pace along the Aru valley with a goal to view the Tarsar-Marsar lakes at the other end. The warm day had a nice breeze which added a bounce in my step as I made headway into this trip with no companion alongside except dozens of thoughts which present themselves to you at the start of a journey. My first solo trek, and so the jitters were a tad bit more. The training done under protective custody was now going to be tested.  As the season was still to begin in this beautiful valley for 2019, the trek route was sparse of people, with the occasional local residents making way for the only villag…