WWAMI Wilderness Medicine Course with COR Expeditions

Welcome to the course information page for the WWAMI Wilderness Medicine Course with COR Expeditions. Here you will find the registration paperwork that is required from each participant, along with packing information and driving directions to the Box R Ranch where the course is being held. Please review all information carefully and let us know if you have any questions!

WHO: Wyoming WWAMI students

WHEN: August 27-September 3, 2021

WHERE: The Box R Ranch

WHAT: This course includes a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course through SOLO, an overnight backpacking trip in the Wind River Mountain Range, and the in-person component of your Blended Learning AHA BLS course. Prior to arrival for this course, you need to complete the online portion of the AHA BLS course (see details below) and read Wildcare, the WFR textbook that will be mailed to you upon registration.

The Wilderness First Responder Course is a 70+ hour comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills required to deal with trauma and medical emergencies in a wilderness setting.  The course consists of both lectures and hands-on practice of the skills presented. Successful completion of the course requires that the participant pass both a written and practical test at the end of the course. The WFR certification through SOLO is valid for 3 years and is transferable with certifications from NOLS Wilderness Medicine (WMI) or Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). The WFR is the standard professional medical certification across the outdoor industry. It is a pertinent certification for anyone who is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is essential for anyone looking to become a wilderness instructor or guide for any professional organization such as COR Expeditions, Outward Bound, NOLS, and countless others. For more information about SOLO, visit soloschools.com.

BLS for Healthcare Providers – UWSOM requires all students to participate in this training as part of Orientation, even if you already have AHA BLS certification! This CPR course is called HeartCode BLS, which is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the BLS Course. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning (online portion), in which the students need to complete part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session. Students are required to complete the online portion of this course prior to the start of the COR course, August 27th. Students are also required to print the course completion certificate and bring it with them to the COR course. Then, during the COR course an AHA instructor will come to the ranch to complete the in-person component of this CPR course and test each student’s CPR skills to complete the certification. Each student is responsible for purchasing and completing the online portion on their own. The course fee is $31.00 and students can register for the course at https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartcode-bls.

Please read over the following information carefully in order to prepare for your course and arrive with the proper clothing and personal gear. A PDF version of this information is available at the bottom of the page for you to print or download.

Backpacking

A complete packing list for the backpacking portion of your course is provided below, including both the items that are available from COR free of charge and the items that you must bring yourself. Please submit your gear reservation form for the items available from COR by August 13 to guarantee proper sizing and availability.

  • Pack items suitable for backpacking – i.e. lightweight and compressible
  • NO COTTON CLOTHING (you may bring cotton clothing for the non-backpacking portion of the course)
  • Expedition Backpacks should have a capacity of 65+10L or more
  • Sleeping bags should be lightweight, rated for 0° to 20°F, and have a compression sack
  • Expect your layers to see wear and tear
  • Many of the items on the list are available from mass-retail stores such as Walmart or Target if you do not already own them. However, please do NOT purchase your hiking boots from such stores. Invest in high-quality hiking shoes or boots from an outdoor retailer and break them in before your trip – your feet will thank you.
  • Remember that weather can change rapidly from warm and sunny to snow! Temperatures drop significantly at night, so warm layers are essential.
  • COR Expeditions provides all tents, stoves, cooking supplies and group gear. You do not need to bring these items but you are welcome to if you would prefer to use your own equipment. Tents will be shared (separate tents for male and female) and group gear such as stoves and cooking supplies will be distributed among all participants.
  • Backpacking Gear Rental Information
    • ALL items on the backpacking check-list are required unless otherwise stated
    • Rental Gear is provided free of charge
    • You will be responsible for the full replacement cost of any lost or damaged gear beyond normal wear and tear or manufacturing defect.

At the COR Ranch

In addition to the items required for the backpacking portion of the course, you should bring a variety of clothing to accommodate varying temperatures, sun, bugs, etc. while you are at the COR Ranch. You will spend the majority of your time at the ranch outside, including practice scenarios on the ground in the grass and dirt, so please plan accordingly. You may wear cotton (jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.) at the ranch, but not on the backpacking trip.

  • Bedding: You do not need to bring bedding. Your beds will be clean and made upon arrival. COR does not have daily linen service; however, there is a laundry room available if you need to do any laundry.
  • Bathroom Linens: COR will provide hand towels in each bathroom – please bring your own bath towel.
  • Toiletries: Bring deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc.
  • Snacks and Drinks: The COR Ranch is in a remote location where you will not have access to a gas station or grocery store. You should bring any additional snacks, caffeinated/energy drinks (coffee will be provided each morning), adult beverages, etc. that you will need for the duration of the course. All meals are provided.

Wilderness First Responder Course

Please bring the following items for the course itself:

  • The textbook, Wildcare, which you will receive ahead of time
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • A watch that shows seconds

If you have questions about any of the items on this list as you are preparing for your trip, please contact us! We are more than happy to help!

ARRIVAL: All participants must arrive before 1pm on Friday, August 27. Class will begin promptly at 1pm. Lunch on this first day is not provided.

DEPARTURE: The course will finish by 4pm on Friday, September 3, at which point participants will be able to leave and return to Laramie.

The ranch does not have cell reception, but it does have a landline you can call if you get lost or are running late: 307-203-3161. You can also give this number out as an emergency number in case someone needs to get ahold of you while you are there.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

The ranch is located just north of Pinedale, WY and the drive from Laramie takes about 5 hours.

The COR Ranch is a historical dude ranch called the Box R Ranch and Box R Ranch signs still mark the roads. The sign/logo, shown in the image to the left, is a red R in reverse with a half box above the R. If you encounter any ranchers and are seeking directions, you should tell them that you are going to the Box R Ranch; they won’t know about COR Expeditions.

Address: 552 Willow Creek Rd, Cora, WY 82925

Google Maps: If searching for the correct location in google maps, use the map provided here or search for ‘Box R Ranch WY’ rather than using the address. Do NOT choose the auto-fill option. Once you complete the search, the correct location is the Box R Ranch that says ‘Permanently Closed.’

Directions to the COR Ranch from Laramie, WY:

  1. From Laramie, head west on I-80.
  2. At Rock Springs, take US-191 North (exit 104).
  3. Continue on US-191 North through Pinedale, WY.
  4. After Pinedale, continue on US-191 for about 6 miles and turn right onto WY-352.
  5. Drive about 8 miles (you will pass through a tiny town called Cora) and turn right onto New Fork Willow Creek Road (there is a street sign, as well as a Box R sign on the fence). If you see Forty Rod Rd. on the left, you just missed the turn.
  6. Drive 5.5 miles and make a hard right turn at a group of 3-4 large boulders. There is no road sign but there is another Box R sign and a large mailbox marked with the address.
  7. Drive about 3 miles, continuing straight when other roads meet this one. You will dead-end at the Ranch.