Apex climbing school sponsors this SOLO WFR recertification course. Recert your WFR in 2 days.
- May 31 - June 1, 2014 (Camp Hale)
- July 12 - 13, 2014 (Camp Hale)
- November 1 – 2, 2014 (Camp Hale)
- Varies by course
- Cost is for full course.
- $290 per person (+35 for CPR)
Recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification.
This course is provided for the recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification. Did you receive your certification through another provider? No problem – we honor most major providers for recertifications; call for more details and prior approval.
SOLO brought Wilderness Medicine to the United States in 1976. Since then Apex Mountain School brought SOLO and Wilderness First Responder courses to Colorado. Our Wilderness First Responder curriculum uses the doctrines of lengthy periods of care, improvised resources, and variable environmental conditions as the basis for learning. WFR is the most widely recognized and sought after certification in the outdoor and adventure industry. The course is designed to provide recreationalists, leaders, guides, and rangers with the skills, knowledge, and tools to carry out a rescue in remote settings. The 16-hour recertification course meets the requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Certification. Like all of our Wilderness Medicine programs, the emphasis of the WFR certification is on prevention and decision-making.
This WFR recertification course reinforces and tests your previously learned skills in an applicational context and a written exam. The curriculum highlights legal concerns, blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases, patient assessment system, trauma, other medical emergencies, and field practice in backcountry leadership and rescue skills.
This intensive 16-hour curriculum takes place over two days, and should not be confused with the full WFR course.
Following brief informational reviews, we reinforce with multiple indoor and outdoor mock scenarios and simulations. The course schedule is daily, with CPR offered. Evening study sessions may also be beneficial. The program is fast-paced– be prepared.
Be prepared to be in the elements for the specific time of year and environment your course is in. Participants should have appropriate clothing and footwear (boots), rain gear, and cold weather items. Colorado has a broad range of temperatures throughout the day it is hot in the day and cold at night; snow is always possible in the Colorado Mountains. Bring a lunch daily, as lunch is during an open-discussion classroom environment.
Students who successfully complete the course receive a SOLO Wilderness First Responder card and if appropriate, an American Heart Association Adult Heart saver CPR card (or equivalent).
Certification is based on successful completion of the course, which includes 100% attendance of course. Instructors provide feedback and brief opportunities for questions. Final assessment of each student’s skills includes written and practical exams.
Important: you must bring your prior expired or expiring card / certification award with you in order to get your certification renewal and new card.
Course Location (Camp Hale):
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Course Location (Main Office):
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For convenience sake, cabins and camping at Camp Hale are closest to the course. Cabins are available nightly at Camp Hale for up to 6 person capacity. Contact NOVA Guides directly at 719-486-2656 for more information. Lodging is also available in the nearby towns of Leadville and Avon.
Camping in the area is abundant, with campsites available in:
Camp Hale – The expanse surrounding the NOVA Guides Lodge, known as Camp Hale, is immense and has many camping options. In order to protect the historical resources in the Camp Hale area, camping is prohibited on the valley floor of Camp Hale except within the designated campgrounds. Camping is allowed along Resolution Road (702), Pearl Creek Road (715), and Mc Allister Gulch Road (708).
East Vail (Gore Creek Campground) – East-Vail exit from I-70, onto Frontage Road South, follow to end of road.
Wolcott – approx 7 miles West of Avon on I-70, Wolcott exit, right to Hwy 6, left approx 3 miles to camping on right.
Hornsilver Tiers – Minturn exit from I-70, approx 11 miles south to Hornsilver Tiers Campground on left.
Tigiwon Road (Half Moon Campground) – Minturn exit from I-70, approx 7 miles south to Tigiwon Road on right, at end of Road (way up there).
Homestake Road (Gold Park Campground) – Minturn exit from I-70, approx 12 miles South to Homestake Road on right, continue up dirt road a few miles to camping.
**Please use designated sites and be respectful on public lands.
Pricing & payment:
Price for the course is $290 per person (+ $35 for CPR).
Student Course Outline:
Please review our Wilderness First Responder course outline, and come prepared (i.e. know your material). This allows us to spend more time in mock scenarios and simulations, and in discussion as opposed to reviewing the basics.
Some personal gear provided by participant, see the gear list tab above.
Register at the Book It tab above, call Apex Mountain School at 888-MTN-SOUL, or use our contact page.
What to bring:
- Cold weather clothing, fleece, hats, gloves, etc.
- Sleeping pad
- Water bottle
- Hiking boots
- Notebook with pen/pencil
- Items you would typically have in your pack on a backcountry trip
You may also consider:
- Second hand watch
- Pocket Knife
- Waterproof Matches
- Camping Equipment
- Any other needed personal items
If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.
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