At Outdoor Adventure X Snowbasin Village, the professionally trained instructors of Weber State University’s (WSU) Outdoor Program will lead a Wilderness First Aid class to help attendees learn how to be prepared for emergency scenarios they might encounter in the backcountry.
The Wilderness First Aid Class, like all OAX education activities, is included in the OAX ticket or camping pass. The class is open to all attendees who want to learn WFA fundamentals, led by nationally registered Wilderness EMT, Cameron Dunn. Sign-ups will open in May.
Wilderness First Aid
How would you respond?? Have you ever gotten injured on a hike or come across another hiker who is feeling ill on the trail? Do you hesitate to recreate in the backcountry because you have no wilderness first aid training? In this session we will dive into the basics of first aid and risk management in the outdoors. Participants will get to practice hands on with staged first aid scenarios throughout a short hike! No experience is necessary, all are welcome. This is not a certification course.
Necessary Equipment: none required, but feel free to bring your own trip med kit, if you carry one.
Q&A with Cameron Dunn
Cameron Dunn is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and nationally registered Wilderness EMT studying emergency medicine at Weber State University. Cameron, who most people just call “Cam” enjoys all different kinds of outdoor recreation and is always interested in learning something new or trying a new sport. But Cam considers climbing and wilderness medicine to be his “bread and butter,” and is so passionate about the latter that he hopes to make a career out of educating people about wilderness medicine.
“Really all I want to do is make sure anyone that is interested in getting outdoors has the necessary skills and a nice, welcoming, enjoyable experience, regardless of their background,” says Cam.
Cam hopes one day to run a program locally in Ogden that educates surrounding recreationalists about wilderness medicine. He currently lives locally in Ogden, with his partner and their dog.
Q: How were you introduced to the outdoors?
I learned how to ski pretty much as soon as I could stand. I would say that was my first introduction to outdoor recreation. Learning how to climb outdoors is when I started taking things seriously. That is what introduced me to the Outdoor Program and started my professional career outdoors. It also introduced me to all the other flavors of recreation and sport outdoors.
Q: What is your favorite way to enjoy nature?
Climbing always has and always will be my favorite. I particularly enjoy long alpine style traditional routes. Nothing quite beats getting up high with your closest friends in a place you would normally never visit.
Q: Do you have a go-to trail snack or camp meal?
My buddies and I make this super awesome buffalo chicken mac and cheese. It is an original recipe that we have trimmed down to make sure we can cook it quite literally anywhere. It really just fires up the whole group.
Q: If you had to pick one don’t-leave-home-without-it piece of kit, what would it be?
Professionally, I never leave without my first aid and trauma kit. You never know when you might need it and you really don’t want to get caught without it. Recreationally, its camp shoes! There’s nothing better than taking off your wet, soggy, dirty shoes for a pair of comfy slippers.
Explore Additional Outdoor Clinics + Education at OAX
Outdoor Adventure X is a mountain gear festival for the outdoor adventurer June 17-18, 2023 at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah. OAX hosts climbing, hiking and mountain bike clinics on-mountain at Snowbasin Village. Water and paddle sports workshops, clinics and demos will take place at Pineview Reservoir, a part of Lakeside Village at OAX. Plus camping, hundreds of gear vendors, an adventure van showcase, product demos, workshops + clinics, a craft beer garden, food trucks, live music, and fireside chats with friends.
An OAX ticket or camping pass includes access to all demos, clinics, the Snowbasin gondola, and a full schedule of classroom-style education and roundtable discussions.