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wilderness medicine course for climbersClimber's Intervention for Traumatic Medical Emergencies (CLIME)



Question: What do you do when you are at the local crag and the lead climber on the route next to you falls, pulling all of his/her gear, and lands with a thud?  Would you know how to treat life or limb threatening injuries such as a head injury, a broken femur, an angulated arm fracture with nerve involvement, or a pneumothorax?

This class is not a general wilderness medicine course.  The CLIME course will focus on traumatic injuries and  other medical problems likely to occur in the climbing environment on a typical accident (e.g. head injuries, cervical spine injuries, blood loss, broken bones), with a focus on life and limb-threatening conditions.   Learning to do a good trauma assessment, and the application of appropriate interventions will be the backbone of this course.  It serves as an excellent stand-alone climbers course, or as an adjunct to WFA, WAFA, or WIFR training.  

Schedule:  Course will be demanding and will run from 8:00-4:00pm both days.  An equipment list will be provided  upon deposit.  

Dates:  This course is taught privately on your custom dates. 

Cost:  Course cost is $800.  Class size is limited to 8 individuals.  Minimum class size is 2 individuals.

Your instructor:  Class will be given by Swis Stockton.  In addition to his climbing credentials (USMGA Endorsed Rock Instructor, AMGA Rock Instructor, UIAGM High Mountains Guides Rescue Course),  Swis is a residency trained emergency medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He has been published in academic Emergency Medicine journals and he wrote/edited the wilderness medicine chapter of David Fasulo's Self Rescue (2nd edition).  He has been trained as a Wilderness Paramedic (he is a trained paramedic and trained WEMT). He has completed Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) training, and he is has completed Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), , Advanced Trauma Life Support, the Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) programs.  No other guide in the southeast U.S. holds these credentials.  Click here for his guide page.  

To sign up for this program, send an email to climb@granitearches.com, or call 423-413-1432.



Granite Arches Climbing Guides
Asheville, NC, USA
Chattanooga, TN USA
Johnson City, TN USA
Winston-Salem, NC, USA


Phone: (423) 413-1432

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