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“Everybody Poops…Sometimes In The Woods.” & 10 Other Things You Might Hear At Wilderness First Responder Training

Becoming A Wilderness First Responder Is A Big Deal!

During your Wilderness First Responder course you’ll go through 80 hours of intense classroom and field scenarios. You’ll have extremely qualified instructors dishing up an almost drowning amount of knowledge bombs, and in a very condensed amount of time. You’ll likely be quizzed on fresh knowledge each day through multiple field scenarios, culminating in a final day of classroom tests and field tests.

So to make sure you keep your wits about you, I’m giving you more random quotes overheard during the 9-day Wilderness First Responder training that I took at Landmark Learning.

“OK. So here’s a drastic over-simplification of the brain.”

“I just got chainsaw certified.”

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More Articles In This Series:
Part 1:  There Will Be Blood
Part 2:  “I Just Got Chainsaw Certified”
Intermission:  Everybody Poops…
Part 3:  Enter…the Sneak E Squirrel
Part 4:  Testing the Mettle
Credits:  “Just Let Them Pass Out…”

“Vomit in the lungs? You’re probably gonna die…”

“At this stage you’re essentially circling the toilet bowl of death.”

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“OK. I want you to just pull the dislocated tip of the finger out in the direction it’s pointed. Now put it back where it’s supposed to be

Boom! Easy as that!”

The days at Wilderness First Responder training are long. Assume you’ll get up early to study the previous day’s content, and you’re in by 6-7am. Then you’re in classroom or scenarios from 8am-5pm, with an hour lunch and a couple of breaks. Have dinner and study a bit before turning in. Mind you, there were nights when heading into town for a beer and letting off steam were the “required” coursework.

“Extreme mouth opening… the next Olympic sport.”

“Trampolines are dangerous; who knew!?”

“Fluid or blood. Not boogers!”

These are some random, completely out-of-context gems I noted during my nine days of Wilderness First Responder training. It could have been an instructor or a classmate that said these (or even me…), or it could have been a rehashing of a story someone told during the course.

“The brain controls the sphincters, right?”

“Cupping is not professional touching.”

More Articles In This Series:
Part 1:  There Will Be Blood
Part 2:  “I Just Got Chainsaw Certified”
Intermission:  Everybody Poops…
Part 3:  Enter…the Sneak E Squirrel
Part 4:  Testing the Mettle
Credits:  “Just Let Them Pass Out…”

Good Luck!

Keep these types of things in mind while you’re working your way through the 320+page book in preparation for your week of preparation for being a backcountry badass.

Cheers!
— Jason

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Travel Planning Tips

Figure out where you are going & how are you getting there…
I suggest using at least 2 to 3 different travel search sites. Start with Skyscanner or Orbitz or Booking …or whatever aggregator site you prefer. Then when you see what airlines to use, check their respective sites for better deals or rewards flights.

Figure out where you’re going to stay…
If you’re interested in hostels, search Hostelworld or Hostelling International. For longer-term or more private digs, look at Airbnb, VRBO, or you can look for hotel rooms in the links from the search engines listed above. 

Get comprehensive travel insurance, or in the least, travel medical insurance if internationally…
Especially with Covid not going anywhere, get covered. Start with an insurance aggregator like Insure My Trip, or with SafetyWing, World Nomads, or another. Then decide what is important to you; trip cancellation, baggage coverage, medical, or all of the above. And get a yearly evacuation plan, since you’ll have to get home after your emergency! 

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