Practical Wilderness Medicine Course WFR | Gray Bearded Green Beret GB2

Wilderness Medicine Course


Joshua Enyart, Angelika Underwood

Main Skills Taught

Patient Assessment, Wound Care, Splinting, and more...

Event Date

Dates and Location TBD 2024


The Wilderness Medicine Course is designed to give you the ability to handle the most common wilderness injuries that you may encounter in the backcountry.

It is framed in the context of a remote situation in which the Emergency Management System (EMS) would not be readily available and could be hours or even days away, forcing you to rely on yourself and your own training and skill level until help arrives, or you can make it out to safety and higher medical care.

You will learn to treat common wilderness injuries using dedicated medical equipment, as well as improvising with common backpacking and camping items from your kit that you may have available.

CPR with AED is required for this course (unless already current). Portions of that course will be taken online prior to arrival at the course, and the hands on testing will be completed by all students upon arrival. Further instructions will be emailed to students to coordinate this. 

The textbook for this course will be Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergency by Paul. S. Auerbach. The cost of this book is included in the tuition. A copy will be furnished to the students upon arrival.

This course is well within the commonly accepted Minimum Guidelines and Scope of Practice for both Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder.

Students that successfully complete this training both physically and academically will be issued a Wilderness First Responder Certification (70-hours) from the Gray Bearded Green Beret, LLC, once training is completed.

The Remote Wilderness Medicine Course is the preferred Wilderness Medicine Course for the GB2 Instructor Training Program certification.

You can find the packing list for this course here: PACKING LIST

Students will learn:

  • Medical Gear Discussion and Proper Use
  • Improvised Interventions using Common Backpacking Gear
  • Patient Assessment 
  • Vital Signs
  • Airway Management
  • Identification of and Treatment for Bleeding
  • Wound Packing and Pressure Dressings
  • Infection Prevention
  • Improvised Wound Closure Techniques
  • Use of Tourniquets
  • Identifying and Treating Shock 
  • Principles of Splinting 
  • Handling Breaks, Sprains, and Strains
  • Ankle Splints
  • Lower Leg Splints
  • Knee Splints and Braces
  • Femoral Splints
  • Wrist and Forearm Splints
  • Upper Arm Splints
  • Stabilizing Shoulder Injuries
  • Finger Splints
  • Pelvic Injuries 
  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Types of Burns and Burn Treatment
  • Blister Prevention and Care
  • Handling Bites and Stings
  • Cold Weather Injuries 
  • Hot Weather Injuries
  • Environmental Injuries
  • Improvised Litters and Stretchers
  • Legal Aspects of Medical Care

Please see our cancellation policy HERE

Is this course hands-on?

Yes, students will practice learned techniques on each other and during various live scenarios.

Does this course satisfy the GB2 Instructor Training Program requirement for Wilderness Medicine?


Is this really 70 hours of instruction?

Yes, the Wilderness First Responder curriculum is 70 to 80 hours of total instruction, including practical applications.


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Wilderness Medicine Course


Dates and Location TBD 2024

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