by Sarah Broughton
In November 2018, CMC offered a Wilderness First Aid course through NOLS Wilderness Medicine for hike leaders and trail maintainers. In an effort to promote safety and education, and to continue ongoing discussion of the information shared during the First Aid course, the CMC Education Committee will be sharing NOLS Scene Scenarios. The following article was originally posted on the NOLS Blog on August 19, 2019, and is shared here with permission. Visit the NOLS Blog at https://blog.nols.edu for more articles on Wilderness Medicine, Leadership, and Education.
You're out for a hike, enjoying a beautiful day in the mountains. Pausing to take a sip from your water bottle, you survey your surroundings-and suddenly notice the fallen hiker up ahead. You put your water bottle away and start walking toward the crumpled figure beside the trail.
Thoughts about the location's remoteness, the safety of your companions, incoming weather, and potential evacuation flash through your head. There's no cell service here, let alone a conveniently located emergency room. Attempting to remain calm, you take a deep breath and remember what you learned in the very first hour of your NOLS Wilderness Medicine course. It's time to size up the scene.