Wilderness Medical Training

Do you like to go up into the mountains or down the river? Are you prepared to handle a medical emergency while in the backcountry? Being medically prepared in the backcountry is just as critical as having a map and compass! Get the proper wilderness medical training by taking a Kling Mountain Guides Medical course.  All of our medical courses come wih a certificate from the Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA).

WMA has been setting the standard in wilderness medicine and rescue training for over thirty years. WMA instructors are experienced medical practitioners as well as ski patrollers, paddlers, mountain guides, outdoor educators, and members of search and rescue teams. The instructors are professional medical practitioners not just teachers. If all you are looking for is the certificate, look elsewhere. If you are looking for the best medical courses in the region and the outdoor industry you have come to the right place.  KMG medical courses always have a Paramedic as a minimum for the lead instructor.  Instructors include y Brad Sablosky – EMT-Paramedic, Durango Fire and Rescue, Purgatory Profesional Ski Patroller and Josh Kling – EMT B, Purgatory Profesional Ski Patrol AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Certified Alpine Guide, AMGA Assistant Ski, and IFMGA Aspirant Mountain Guide.  There are no other courses in the region who have instructors with this level of combined training

What is Wilderness Medicine?

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard Red Cross style courses and other programs that are oriented toward the urban environment. Our wilderness courses teach what to do with a medical emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn’t an option. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment

Gain Skills & Confidence

A WMA course will take you well beyond traditional first aid. We teach the procedures and the principles behind them. We want you to know how body systems behave, not just how to memorize signs and symptoms. Once you have taken one of our courses you will never forget what to do; you will understand what needs to be done.

Respond to Medical Emergencies

Whether you work or play in remote areas, our practical curriculum in wilderness medicine will prepare you to make good decisions in the field.

Program Overview

April 16 – 20, 2018 WFR MOAB
May 4 – 6, 2018 WFR RECERT DGO
May 14 – 18, 2018 WFR Telluride
Oct 8 – 12, 2018 EMS Telluride

3-5 days depending on program

Durango and Telluride, CO. Moab, UT

Varies depending on program

Student to instructor Ratio
Varies depending on program

beginner to advanced

Price Includes

  • Paramedic (NREMT-P) or Physicians Assistant (PA-C) as the lead instructor
  • EMT or great for assistant instructors
  • All instructors are Practicing Medical Profesionals.  IE they have actual patient contact on a regular basis and are not just instructors.

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to the course site from your location
  • Items of personal nature
  • Individual travel costs, delays, etc.
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal clothing or gear
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks
  • Hotels before, during, and after trip
  • Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance


  • Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also needs pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand. See our Student Handbook and speak with the sponsor for more information.


  • Must be an EMT-B at a minimum

Course Outline

  • Day 1: 10.5 hours 
    Logistics and Introduction; General Concepts; Patient Assessment System; Critical Body Systems Review; PAS/SOAP Practice; Spine Injury Assessment; Medical/Legal Issues
  • Day 2: 9 hours
    Test I/Review; Anaphylaxis and Asthma; ALS/BLS Appropriate Technology; Lifting, Moving, Extrication; Litter Packaging and Carries; Scenarios 1
  • Day 3: 8.5 hours 
    Test II/Review; Pain Management; Soft Tissue Injury; Wound Cleaning and Exploration; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting, Dislocations; Scenarios 2
  • Day 4: 9 hours
    Test III/Review; Environmental Medicine; Scenarios 3; Search and Rescue; SAR Exercise
  • Day 5: 8 hours 
    SAR Exercise Debrief; Expedition Medicine; Scenarios IV; Medical Kits and Medications; Test IV and Course Debrief

Registration & Cancelation

  • Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand we have a very strict registration and cancelation policy. We can not transfer you to an other program. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE! We recommend the TravelEx Insurance Travel Select plan with the Adventurer Plus Pak upgrade.
  • To reserve your spot on a wilderness medical program a 50% deposit is required if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/ course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment.  100% off all program fees are due 60 days prior to start date.
  • Program fees are non-transferable.
    If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your fulldeposit except for a $50 processing fee.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged. If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.