Advanced Mountain Medicine and Rescue

Course Overview

This course is designed for the professional rescuer. Helicopter medics, wilderness paramedics, climbing rangers, mountain guides, ski patrollers, heli guides and mountain rescue personnel have all taken this course for the cutting edge instruction and curriculum.

This course meets international standards set forth by the International Commission of Alpine Rescue for Avalanche Rescue and Mountain Medicine. The curriculum presented is backed up by rigorous published research.

This course prepares students to handle simple to complex avalanche rescues as well as simple to complex mountain medicine scenarios. Continuing Medical Education credits are available through the Wilderness Medical Society.

Prerequisite: Students must complete AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course before taking this class

Topics Include:

  • Managing simple to complex rescues in the austere mountain environment
  • Update on transceiver technology
  • Airbag technology
  • Recco
  • Shoveling
  • Probing
  • Altitude medicine
  • Backcountry trauma
  • Cold weather injuries
  • Pathophysiology of avalanche burials
  • Advanced rescue using external beacons on helicopters

Course Details

Course runs 4 days, Thursday through Sunday, 8am to 5pm daily

Dates: March 1st – March 4th, 2018

Venue: Kendall Mountain Recreation Center  •  Silverton, CO (Subject to change)

Cost: $960

Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).

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Our faculty are world-class experts on high altitude,burial, resuscitation and technical rescue.


• Dr. Peter Hackett, High Altitude Medicine Pioneer 

• Dr. Colin Grissom, Avalanche Resuscitation Pioneer

• Dr. Charles Maines, Trauma Surgeon

• Dr. Jay Mathers, DO


• Manuel Genswein, Swiss Rescue Expert

• Jim Donovan, SAS Director

• Leo Llyod, RN EMT-P- Technical Alpine Rescue Expert

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