Adirondack Canoe AWLS
Adirondack Canoe AWLS
Adirondack Canoe AWLS + CME
As Native Americans, voyagers, and trappers before, canoe the quiet waters of the exquisite glacially-carved lakes of the Adirondack Mountains. Learn and practice hands-on and field-based wilderness medicine skills, with an emphasis on self-care and small group leadership. Paddle a chain of lakes connected by a short portages. Climb a local alpine peak for a 360 degree view of the largest wilderness area in the East. Become skilled at canoeing, northeast three-season camping, and general survival skills. All meals, rooms, food, transportation from Plattsburgh, NY area, and group gear (including canoeing) covered. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Adirondack’s fall foliage while learning key elements of wilderness medicine. Limited to 12 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel. Optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) and 20 CMEs.
- Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) and 20 CMEs for an additional $350
No previous experience necessary, though day hiking, camping, or canoeing experience helpful. Must be capable of carrying 15 kilogram pack a short distance (< 1 km) and sitting in a canoe in varied weather and conditions for 4-6 hours a day. Friends and family members 12 and older are welcome.
This week-long expedition will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues experienced in temperate deciduous forest backcountry adventures and especially those associated with canoeing. These include hypothermia, drowning, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/ fractures, wild animal attacks, and lost persons.
The program will be camp based for the first three days, with a focus on basics, including canoe fundamentals, and core conceptual topics. This will be followed by a multi lake canoe expedition. On the expedition, in addition to further classes, participants will experience a number of real world wilderness medicine scenarios. Participants will sleep in and practice wilderness living (cooking, tent camping, etc.). The program will conclude with the final evening back at the camp.
All food and canoeing and camping group gear provided. Participants are responsible for their own clothing, eating utensils, and sleeping bag/pad. Enrollment limited to 12 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.
- Wilderness medicine overview and differences
- Musculoskeletal soft tissue issues
- Bear safety
- Improvised packaging, litters, carries
- Temperate forest outdoor skills/survival (camping, shelters, navigation, fire starting, etc.)
- Search and rescue
- Canoeing skills
- And much more
|1||– Arrive Camp (via rental car, train from NYC/Montreal, or flight to Plattsburgh)- Orientation and overview meeting|
|2-3||– Canoeing introduction/review|
– Wilderness medical classes
– Hike local peak
– Issue canoe expedition food and gear
|4||– Drive to put-in- Paddle to camp|
– Hike local mountain
|7||– Canoe to take-out- Drive back to camp|
– Final celebratory banquet
|8||– Drive/train back home or to airports|
CME: The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The WMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.