Earlier this month, a hiker in Utah suffered a head wound while climbing a canyon wall.

Another suffered multiple injuries after falling down a mountain in Oklahoma.

The threat of getting hurt should not scare you away from enjoying the outdoors and all the wonderful experiences the wilderness has to offer — protect yourself now with the knowledge and confidence to handle any situation that might arise.

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School’s Wilderness First Aid 101 course will teach you the necessary skills to treat a variety of common injuries and ailments, including:

• cuts;
• sprained, fractured and broken bones;
• insect bites and bee stings resulting in anaphylaxis shock;
• snake bites;
• hypothermia;
• heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration.

    If you are going to hike, camp, fish or enjoy any wilderness activity, it is absolutely essential that you know first aid. For outdoor enthusiasts, it is not a matter of “if” such a need will arise but “when.”

    Knowing how to treat you, your family and your friends when you are miles from help could mean the difference between life and death.

    You don’t need prior medical training to take Mountain Shepherd’s two-day, one-night course. Howver, for certified National Registry Paramedics/EMTs and Commonwealth of Virginia Certified Paramedics/EMTs, Mountain Shepherd’s course offers 16 hours of CAT II continuing education.

    Click here to sign up now!