Wilderness 911?

If you like to hike, camp or sail, there's more to first aid than what you're taught in the city

I endured a bit of gentle teasing from friends and co-workers two weeks ago when I told them I was taking a weekend course in wilderness first aid. "Getting ready for Y2K?" they wanted to know. "What's next, survivalist camp?" Well, no. But I do like to escape Manhattan's concrete canyons every now and again to go tramping through nearby state parks. It's not exactly isolated backcountry, but then neither is medical help just a phone call away.

The first thing I learned in the class, which was offered through Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, of Conway, N.H., in conjunction with my...

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