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Kschmidt - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2012

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City: Berkeley
State: California
Country: US
Begins: Apr 26, 2012
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Jan 19th, 2012
Trip Distance: 47.0

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Wilderness First Responder

I spent two weeks in Arcata, Ca visiting my good friends from college Ariel and John, and there beautiful daughter Wrenna. I did a bit of double dipping in Arcata though and I took a Wilderness First Responder course. I had a fantastic time up in Northern California. It was interesting to have just moved out of my place in Berkeley and move my stuff back to San Mateo, but take off immediately. I really didn't feel homesick, and after two weeks of family dinners, great conversation, a stimulating class full of new outdoorsy friends I didn't really feel the need to leave. But I came down with a cold and didn't feel like being a sick guest around a baby, so I headed home of course taking the opportunity to wander through the old growth redwoods another time.

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR, pronounced "woofer") is a loaded ten day course. The course is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) and offshoot of NOLS, the National outdoor leadership school. WMI knows how to educate. The course had excellent, engaging instructors, a decent text book, a course handbook and hands on exercises throughout each day. That's education! I highly recommend this course to everyone. Several of us discussed how some of the skills we learned should be known by everyone.

I felt this would be useful knowledge for months on the trail and a certification I am proud of that will be useful in my interest to be an outdoor educator or guide.

Now I've got to organize my stuff and get dehydrating.

It was strange to spend two weeks in Humbolt county and not get rained on, in fact it was very sunny most of the time. It my have been nice at the time but I am concerned about the water levels this year.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2012

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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