October 1 - 5, 2018
|Join us in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for a 4-day backpacking trip covering some of the most beautiful landmarks on the 2200-mile-long Appalachian trail while earning CME! Each night will include lectures, workshops and scenarios as we enjoy camping at the Appalachian Trail Shelters along the way.
|Does not include: airfare, gear rental (available at Wilderness Adventure), and food while in the backcountry.|
Stephanie Lareau, MD, FAWM, FACEP, DiMM
Jessie Gehner, MD
Chris Davis, MD
We will be backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. This four-day trip will cover no more than 10 miles each day, but will traverse rough, rocky terrain, and each person will carry their own food and gear (packs typically weigh between 20-30 lbs. with appropriate gear).
AT shelters (3 sided, wooden structure) will be at the campsite 2 of the nights, but it is recommended that you bring your own shelter (tent or hammock) in case of limited space due to thru hikers who receive preferential use of the shelters. Water sources are present throughout the hike, but participants will need a method of water purification and capacity to hold at least 3 liters of water. Cooking equipment can be shared, but this should be arranged prior to departure. Average highs and lows are 75F/45F for October in this region.
The first night will be spent at the rustic Wilderness Adventure Lodge which is a log cabin from the 1800s converted into a lodge and meeting space. Transportation to and from Roanoke Regional Airport is provided. The first night we will have a meet and greet, dinner will be provided, and we will go over the specifics of the trek as well as perform a gear check. Gear can be rented at Wilderness Adventure for a reasonable price. We will then depart for the trailhead and begin the 4-day trek across some of the most spectacular views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each evening at camp we will discuss different wilderness medicine topics pertinent to hiking and backpacking, there will be hands on workshops as well as surprise scenarios on the trail.
Our trip will conclude with a banquet at Wilderness Adventure Lodge with a debrief of the trek and Keynote Speaker (tbd). Food and entertainment will be provided. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase as well.
|Day 1||Arrive at Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport (by 4 pm) Shuttle to Wilderness Adventure Lodge Orientation and overview meeting Lecture: Trip preparation/ gear selection (1hr)|
|Day 2||Jefferson National Forest: Tinker Cliffs Hike on Appalachian trail from Daleville, VA trail crossing at I-81 to Lambert’s Meadow Shelter (9.4miles)
Lecture: Water purification, waterborne diseases (45 min)
Lecture: Envenomations/ animal attacks (45 min)
|Day 3||Jefferson National Forest: McAfee’s Knob Lambert’s Meadow to John’s Spring Shelter (9.4 miles)
Lecture: Stabilization and extrication in Backcountry Medical Emergencies(1hr)
Lecture: Common orthopedic injuries/ improvised splinting(1hr)
|Day 4||Jefferson National Forest John’s Spring Shelter to Dragon’s Tooth Campsite, Primitive camping (9.4 miles)
|Day 5||Jefferson National Forest Dragon’s tooth to VA620 Trout Creek, VA (5.4 miles), Evening banquet and Keynote Speaker (tbd)
Lecture: Thru Hiking the AT: Medical and Mystical Considerations
|Day 6||Fly/ Drive Home|
The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The WMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Topics (order of educational lectures will be determined by the faculty dependent upon conditions and status of the group.
This course is designed to educate participants in the pathophysiology, recognition and treatment of a variety of medical problems commonly encountered in wilderness environments and settings remote from hospital or definitive care.
Physicians and other Medical Care Providers who have an interest in providing medical care in “remote” environments such as wilderness settings or in developing countries are encouraged to attend. Physicians counseling their patients traveling to remote areas will benefit as well.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Other Professionals: Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
It is the policy of the Wilderness Medical Society to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
If you cancel 120 days or more before event, you will receive a 50% refund. Sorry, but no refund will be given if cancelled after this date.
After you've registered, we'll need to get several things from you: