This course is provided for the recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification. Did you receive your certification through another provider? No problem – we honor most major providers for recertifications; call for more details and prior approval.
Apex Mountain School brought Wilderness First Responder courses to Vail, Colorado in 2007. Our Wilderness First Responder curriculum uses the doctrines of lengthy periods of care, improvised resources, and variable environmental conditions as the basis for learning. WFR is the most widely recognized and sought after certification in the outdoor and adventure industry. The course is designed to provide recreationalists, leaders, guides, and rangers with the skills, knowledge, and tools to carry out a rescue in remote settings. The 16-hour recertification course meets the requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Certification. Like all of our Wilderness Medicine programs, the emphasis of the WFR certification is on prevention and decision-making.
This WFR recertification course reinforces and tests your previously learned skills in an applicational context and a written exam. The curriculum highlights legal concerns, blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases, patient assessment system, trauma, other medical emergencies, and field practice in backcountry leadership and rescue skills.
This intensive 16-hour curriculum takes place over two days, and should not be confused with the full WFR course.
Following brief informational reviews, we reinforce with multiple indoor and outdoor mock scenarios and simulations. The course schedule is daily, with CPR offered. Evening study sessions may also be beneficial. The program is fast-paced– be prepared.
Be prepared to be in the elements for the specific time of year and environment your course is in. Participants should have appropriate clothing and footwear (boots), rain gear, and cold weather items. Colorado has a broad range of temperatures throughout the day it is hot in the day and cold at night; snow is always possible in the Colorado Mountains. Bring a lunch daily, as lunch is during an open-discussion classroom environment.
Students who successfully complete the course receive a certification of completion card and if appropriate, an American Heart Association Adult Heart saver CPR card (or equivalent).
Certification is based on successful completion of the course, which includes 100% attendance of course. Instructors provide feedback and brief opportunities for questions. Final assessment of each student’s skills includes written and practical exams.
Important: Bring your existing WFR card / certification award with you in order to get your certification renewal and new card.
4 Eagle Ranch, 4098 CO-131, Wolcott, CO 81655
From Vail or Beaver Creek, travel West on Interstate 70 to Exit 157 (Wolcott/Steamboat Springs exit).
Turn right off the exit ramp and left onto Highway 6, then right onto Highway 131 and follow Highway 131 North (toward Steamboat Springs).
4 Eagle Ranch is located 4 miles up Highway 131 on the right.
East Vail (Gore Creek Campground) – East-Vail exit from I-70, onto Frontage Road South, follow to end of road.
Wolcott – approx 7 miles West of Avon on I-70, Wolcott exit, right to Hwy 6, left approx 3 miles to camping on right.
Hornsilver Tiers – Minturn exit from I-70, approx 11 miles south to Hornsilver Tiers Campground on left.
Tigiwon Road (Half Moon Campground) – Minturn exit from I-70, approx 7 miles south to Tigiwon Road on right, at end of Road (way up there).
Homestake Road (Gold Park Campground) – Minturn exit from I-70, approx 12 miles South to Homestake Road on right, continue up dirt road a few miles to camping.
**Please use designated sites and be respectful on public lands.
Pricing & payment:
Price for the course is $315 per person (+ $35 for CPR).
Some personal gear provided by participant, see the gear list tab above.
Register at the Book It tab above, call Apex Mountain School at (970) 949-9111, or use our contact page.