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Dr Terry O’Connor
Dr Terry O’Connor is the chief editor of the Colorado Wilderness Medicine blog. He is a practicing emergency physician and EMS medical director based in Sun Valley, Idaho. A frequent traveller, Dr O’Connor has provided care in a wide range of austere environments: from the Tibet Plateau down to the coastal rain forests of Borneo.
Over the preceding decades his passion and enthusiasm for outside adventures have lead to a diverse set of roles:
Ski Patroller. Rural Ambulance EMT. Bike guide. Expedition Manager. Emergency Physician. High Altitude Mountaineer. Ultra-marathoner. National Park Service Climbing Ranger. Ski Mountaineering Racer. Expedition Doc. High Altitude Researcher. Everest climber. EMS Director. Avalanche Educator. DIMM Instructor … and a few more.
Each adventure has instilled an insatiable curiosity in Terry to keep learning more. He has been mentored along his way by dear friends, experts in their respective fields: mountain guides, avalanche forecasters, professional athletes, physician researchers, rescue specialists, and more. He has now turned to teaching in his effort to honor them, his community and now you with what he’s learned along the trail.