Backcountry first aid and evacuation course offered

KILLINGTON — A two day backcountry first aid and evacuation course is being offered by Killington Mountain Guides (KMG) on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18. The course is designed for backcountry adventure athletes who participate in long distance adventure races and for any athletes who spend time in the wilderness.

Participants will learn base-level backcountry first aid, leave no trace, land navigation, emergency communications, how to improvise a temporary shelter, and construct an improvised litter for patient evacuation.

Participants will demonstrate the skills they have learned on Saturday night by constructing an improvised shelter and bivouac for the evening. Sunday morning participants will break up into teams for a culminating search and rescue exercise. Participants will be debriefed and critiqued by KMG instructors at the end of the course on Sunday and will later receive student evaluations and a certificate of completion.

Participants will be required to have their own equipment prior to the start of the course (gear list provided upon registration). Course includes one breakfast and one dinner. Students are required to provide their own lunch and trail food.

The cost for the weekend course is $285 and is limited to 12 participants. Endurance Society Members and Search and Rescue Team members receive 50 percent discount.

Participants who are not certified in CPR can receive certification on Sunday, for an extra charge. For more information call 802-746-8044 or email

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