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Wilderness First Aid Class Certification and Pat Goodman Slide Show 3/23-3/24 in Chattannoga, TN

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by lhummel

American Alpine Club Events-Southeast Region
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Wilderness First Aid Class
Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24
@The Crash Pad in Chattanooga, TN

Wilderness First Aid Certification Class

Are you prepared to deal with a medical emergency in a remote climbing area? Could you provide appropriate care for an injured rope-mate in the event of a climbing accident? When did you last refresh your first aid skills?

The American Alpine Club—Southern Appalachian Section is offering its members a unique opportunity to acquire Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid certification through a class designed for climbers, taught by a climber. WFA is a basic class in back country emergency response. The 16 hour course will be tailored by the instructor, AAC member Danny McCracken, to the specifics of the remote climbing environment—far from EMS services. The class will cover assessment and urgent first aid techniques. It is appropriate for anyone regardless of experience level. Successful completion of the course results in two year certification. A CPR prerequisite is required to get the certification. You may take the class without having taken CPR but cannot receive the American Red Cross certification.

The class will be on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24. The class will be held at The Crash Pad in Chattanooga Tennessee. Class time is 9 AM to 5 PM each day. The fee for the class and all class materials will be $40 for AAC members and $140 for non-members. There is a 10% discount for lodging at The Crash Pad for anyone taking the class.

Contact Danny McCracken to register for the class or for more information using at[email protected] 

You can make reservations for lodging at the Crash Pad by calling them at 423-648-8393.  Don’t forget to mention you will be taking the WFA Class.


Pat Goodman Slide Show: Tales of Adventure: Venezuela, Pakistan, and Canada
Saturday, March 23
The Crash Pad in Chattanooga


Pat Goodman, originally from New Mexico, has spent a lot of time in just about every corner of the world, ticking off some of the most arduous and proud FA’s and repeat ascents.  Goodman has raised the bar in the southeast putting up ‘brick-hard, borderline-too-dangerous trad climbs, including Fitzcarraldo (5.13R), and Jade Rabbit *5.13d/5.14a R)’.  His slightly abrasive attitude and sheer psyche, coupled with all the grants he has applied for and received, have led him to the far corners of the earth, leaving a wake of rad FA’s in wild and dangerous enviornements.      

No stranger to suffering, Pat and his team Jeff Achey, Jeremy Collins and James Martin snagged the FA of the “Phoenix” in the Vampire Spires of the Northwest Territories in late 2012.  Read more about their trip here:

Pat and his team of Matt McCormick and Jean-Pierre Oullet recently received the American Alpine Club’s 2013 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award to put up a new route on the east face of Uli Biaho Tower in Trango Valley, Pakistan later in 2013. This harrowing route was first climbed in 1979 by and American team comprised of John Roskelley, Bill Forrest, and Ron Kauk.  This year, Pat and his team will take a different approach  up the wall to avoid the ‘death gully’ used on previous expeditions.  Read more about this grant here:

Pat will be fresh off the trail from Venezuela for the March slide show, and with the trips mounting both in the past and future, Pat will showcase his explorations from Canada, Pakistan, and Venezuela in a one hour multi-media presentation.

Join us for drinks and this slide show at The Crash Pad: an uncommon hostel Saturday, March 23 7-9pm. 


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