Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The 80-hour WFR course is the standard level of training for professional outdoor recreation industry field staff that work multi-day, overnight trips in remote environments. Most importantly, this training will prepare individuals to prevent many environmental illnesses and proactively manage pre-existing conditions in the field in order to minimize negative outcomes. Participants will also develop strong patient assessment skills, learn how to provide extended patient care in austere environments and adopt treatment tools to stabilize life-threatening conditions.
Students will develop the confidence to professionally call in a rescue in the event of a backcountry emergency and manage the evacuation of a medical or trauma patient.

We offer our WFR course in two different formats. The learning outcomes of both WFR curriculum delivery methods are the same.


The traditional WFR course format offers in-person instruction in a classroom-style setting over eight days. Course participants quickly integrate into the WFR curriculum with a balance of lecture and hands-on learning. The days are full of energetic lectures, skills stations, scenarios, drills, simulations, and discussions. The intensity of this course allows for camaraderie and strong teamwork to develop quickly throughout the group. In turn, this simulates the dynamics of a true backcountry expedition and reveals how individual group members would utilize their knowledge and skills in the event of an emergency.

This course format is also available over several weeks, within a college semester; the class meets twice a week and includes two-weekend field sessions. This format integrates seamlessly into the student’s course-load for that semester. The curriculum unravels at a slower pace, allowing students to process new material throughout the week, before demonstrating their knowledge a few days later. A balance of lecture and hands-on learning occurs during the first few weeks, and scenarios, drills and simulations during the weekend field sections. This course is offered for credit.


The Hybrid WFR format offers 30 hours of self-paced, online instruction followed by five consecutive days in the classroom. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and a mid-term exam. During the in-person, classroom section, course participants integrate their knowledge via drills, skill stations, scenarios, simulations, and discussions.

The hybrid format works best for self-motivated individuals with good time management skills that have access to a computer and high-speed internet. This instructional format provides opportunities for course participants to learn at their own speed, during their most convenient times, in their own space. Other perks are that they can rewatch videos and animations, reread assignments, get instant feedback and correspond with their instructor team with questions, comments and/or concerns at any time.


Additional Information

  • All of our classes are nationally recognized and thus have direct reciprocity for recertification with all wilderness medicine training organizations across the United States
  • Upon successful completion participants will receive:
    1. WFR card valid for 3 years
    2. CPR card valid for 3 years
    3. Wilderness Anaphylaxis Card (WAT) valid for 2 years
  • College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.
  • A Total of 17 continuation education credits (CEUs) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT – EMT Recertification.
  • Download CEU breakdown (pdf)


  • None

Course Outline

Course Location Price
WFR 06/01/2020 - 06/05/2020 Echo Canyon River Expeditions Cañon City, CO $0.00 (USD) Sold Out
WFR 06/02/2020 - 06/06/2020 Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Steamboat Springs, CO $0.00 (USD) Sold Out
WFR 06/10/2020 - 06/14/2020 Utah State University Logan, UT $0.00 (USD) Sold Out
WFR 06/11/2020 - 06/15/2020 Desert Mountain Medicine - Main Office Leadville, CO $0.00 (USD) Sold Out
WFR 06/25/2020 - 06/29/2020 Desert Mountain Medicine - Main Office Leadville, CO $0.00 (USD) Sold Out
WFR 07/24/2020 - 07/28/2020 Desert Mountain Medicine - Main Office Leadville, CO $735.00 (USD) Register
WFR 07/27/2020 - 07/31/2020 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO $1,400.00 (USD) Register
WFR 08/27/2020 - 08/31/2020 Desert Mountain Medicine - Main Office Leadville, CO $735.00 (USD) Register
WFR 09/25/2020 - 09/29/2020 Desert Mountain Medicine - Main Office Leadville, CO $735.00 (USD) Register
WFR 10/23/2020 - 10/27/2020 Desert Mountain Medicine - Main Office Leadville, CO $735.00 (USD) Register
WFR 12/04/2020 - 12/08/2020 Desert Mountain Medicine - Main Office Leadville, CO $735.00 (USD) Register
WFR 01/06/2021 - 01/10/2021 Utah State University Logan, UT $735.00 (USD) Register