Thursday, November 18, 2010


It seems like I have only been home for a few days, and yet I am packed and ready to go back out. This seems to be my theme for next year, as I already have many trips planned for 2011.

This past week I was in Lander Wyoming, completing the training to teach Wilderness First Aid for The Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. I have been associated with NOLS professionally since 2006, and since 2000 as an Alumni, but I have never had a training experience as difficult as this WMI instructor course. They have exceptionally high standards, and I wasn't sure I was going to make the cut until about the last 24 hours - folks at WMI, I am honored to have been selected! Next year I will be teaching 6 wilderness first aid courses by June for WMI, and I am really looking forward to it. In July I will be paddling in Alaska for a month. And tomorrow I leave for the three day paddling otaku expedition skills camp. All I can say is I have a very understanding wife, and a very sad dog. Fortunately I can pack for a three day trip pretty easily. Very little of my gear set actually changes. And though I always forget something, it is usually something pretty minor. Lets hope.