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Forest and Craig

    
Forest and Crag ( Northeast Rock Climbing)

                                      
    Fear. Is it a good thing? Can it be beneficial for an individual? Through this unit students discuss the topic of fear, since it is such a prevalent emotion while climbing a crag while hanging hundreds of feet above the ground. We as humans like to shut ourselves up in our comfort zones while in our own "bubble of safety". This can be a harmful place to be because it can restrict an individual's opportunity to grow. Without immersing yourself into fearful situations and stepping out of your comfort zone, you will never open opportunities for yourself to grow. Students throughout this unit are exposed to these fearful situations on a weekly bases and are challenged to step out of their comfort zones and expand their boundaries. Throughout this unit students learn all the mechanics to climbing, along with the mental aspects. They learn dozens of knots such as the clove hitch, klemheist, bowlin, figure 8 on a bite and several others. They go over gear such as cams, locking carabiners, quickdraws, runners, and the different ropes such as static and dynamic ropes. Students are taught to belay each other from the ground while each person climbs. there is a great level of trust built amongst the students during the belaying and climbing. students also study ferns, bryophytes, lichens, and geology. 

    They go over the fern life cycle. starting from a tiny spore which gets released from the fern leaf, it lands on the ground using water. To form into a gametophyte, then creating its own reproductive system. From there growing into the fern via rhizome. Students study lichens, going over how fungus creates its own structure but can not create its own nutrients, while algae creates nutrients without being equipped to build its own structure. This is the symbiosis between fungus and algae, fungus providing the structure for the algae while the algae provides nutrients for the fungus through photosynthesis. Since this unit is on rock climbing, an obvious study would be geology. student go over rock formations, how rock is formed, rock aging, identifying etc.         

What is covered in the course?
The WFA is 16 hours long (spread over two days) and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – see course outline in sidebar.

Where/When is it held?
The WFA is held around the world throughout the year. See Schedule.

Cost?
The total price will vary depending on the sponsoring organization and what amenities (e.g. room and board) they include. The Course Schedule may list the specific price for each course, or sponsor information will be provided. WFA courses taught at the SOLO campus cost $175 (tuition only).

Room & Board?
This is also up to the sponsoring organization.

Is there an Exam?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.

Certification?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is valid for two years.
Is the WFA Considered Continuing Education?
The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for re-certifying SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder program.

Course Topics

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.