Pre-Conference Workshops

Basic Human Tracking

Explore the ancient skill of visually tracking humans (aka man-tracking). "Tracking is the complex application of simplicities". This course teaches the basic sciences of tracking skills. Rob Speiden will teach you, through classroom presentations and hands-on field exercises, the principles of Detecting, Interpreting, Recording and Trailing sign of the passage of humans, be they lost, missing or evasive.

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Lost Person Behavior

Lost person behavior is the basis of search and rescue missions. This course will present the most recent advances in lost person behavior with Robert Koester’s latest research, and new behavior categories crucial to solving the mystery of where to look for a lost person.

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Technical Self-Rescue for Climbers

One day Technical Self-Rescue for Climbers program, presented by the American Alpine Institute, is an intensive one-day seminar on improvised multi-pitch rock rescue techniques. Participants study a series of haul, lower, rappel and rope-climbing systems and then apply them to a variety of practical scenarios. Individuals who complete this rock-rescue program should be able to apply these skills to a wide array of complex high-angle problems. There will be a 8:2 student-to-instructor ratio. All instructors are AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guides.

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NASAR Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is a 16-hour course is a practical 16-hour course that explains wilderness hazards and trains you to treat injuries and other emergencies in the wilderness.

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Canine Wilderness Search Strategy

The seminar focuses on search strategy and reading the dogs' alerts in wilderness areas, for live find dogs as well as recovery dogs.

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