June 20, 2015
One of the many requirements of guides at IMG, is that they acquire and maintain certification as a Wilderness First Responder (or WFR). Every guide goes through a 72 hour course, which covers a wide range of medical issues that could arise in the backcountry. In a WFR course, trainees practice backcountry first aid through a series of realistic “scenarios.” Once a trainee passes the 72 course, their training is good for two years. That means, every two years, guides have to go through an intensive 2 day recertification course.
This weekend, IMG Guide, and owner of Sentinel Outdoor Institute, Peter Anderson is at IMG Headquarters in Ashford, teaching a WFR recertification course. In addition to the large number of IMG guides taking the course, there are also representatives from Alpine Ascents, Northwest Mountain School, and EXUM Mountain Guides.
It will be a busy weekend here in Ashford! We also have a 3.5 day climb gear check, a Kautz climb gear check, and a Crevasse Rescue School going on at IMG Headquarters today. That comes out to about 45-50 people at IMG today!