From: Lake Bluff, IL
Price:$ 235
Duration: 2 Days, 8:00am - 6:00 pm

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2 Days, 8:00am - 6:00 pm
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Lake Bluff, IL
$ 235
Included: Instruction, training equipment, CPR certification is included in price but involves an additional 3 hours.
Not Included: Personal clothing, some personal equipment like ground cloths, sleeping pads, bandanas, are helpful to bring but not required. WFA may be used to recertify a current SOLO, WMA, or WMI WFR. Please notify us ahead and bring a current copy of WFR and CPR certification. There is an additional $15 Recertification fee. Accommodations and transportation to course site.

As the saying goes, when there’s a a first aid situation in the wilderness, a team of sled dogs is often far more useful than a team of surgeons. This course is essential for anyone planning to spend any time in the backcountry. This course enables you to use sound judgment, accurate assessments and provide proper treatments in first aid situations that occur in a wilderness environment. If you love to be outside, you need to take this class.

Clothing & Equipment:

You should plan to have clothing that will be appropriate to the season for where and when you will be taking the class. Weather permitting, we will be spending a significant portion of the class time out-of-doors. The following list is to SUPPLEMENT the clothing you will be wearing.

Necessary Items

  • Backpack or knapsack to put everything in
  • Raingear (tops and bottoms)
  • Layers of clothing (to keep yourself regulated by adding on or removing layers)
  • Warm hat (not made of cotton, which loses its ability to hold heat if wet)
  • Mittens or gloves if it will be cold out
  • Water bottles (1qt or 1L) for drinking water
  • Footwear for the environment (closed-toed shoes for outdoors/sandals are OK for inside) 

Helpful Items To Bring (optional)

  • Ground cloth or small tarp (6X4 sheet of plastic is fine)
  • Sleeping pad (ensolite, Ridgerest tm, Thermarest tm, self-inflating, etc.)
  • Bandanas of any kind

What is special about this trip?
This clinic gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond to first aid situations in a wilderness setting. The instructors are highly qualified, very patient and excellent teachers.

How do I get there?
Locations are subject to change but we usually run the class in a large conference room at Profile Plastics in Lake Bluff, IL.

How and where will you meet me?
We will meet you at the class location.

Where should I stay overnight around there?
Give the office a call for a recommendation on a place to stay or for carpool inquiries.

What money should I take?
Bring some money for lunch each day.

Do they take plastic there? Are there cash stations?"
The shops and restaurants around the Lake Bluff location accept credits and there are ATMs in the area.

What's the weather like?
Most of the classroom sessions are indoors but we will do practice scenarios outdoors, so dress accordingly.

What are the accommodations like?
The classroom is very comfortable. Complimentary hot drinks are also available.

What do I need to bring?

We will send you a gear list upon registration.

What's the food like?
There are lots of lunch options near the Lake Bluff location.

How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
There is cell phone reception at the Lake Bluff location.

How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
The class runs about 8-9 hours each day.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We supply first aid and camping equipment for use in the scenarios. The lead instructor will bring other medical supplies as well as an AED and CPR dummies.

How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
The lead instructors are typically paramedics who are certified to teach wilderness medicine.

How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No physical preparation is necessary but brushing up on first aid is helpful.



Wilderness EMS systems in New Hampshire in the early 1970s were severely lacking, inspiring husband and wife Frank Hubbell and Lee Frizzell to create one of the country’s first wilderness emergency medicine courses. As their dream and organization grew, they named it Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). The first official SOLO course, which would someday become the WFA course, was taught in 1977, in Hubbell’s parents’ living room. From these humble beginnings, thirty years later SOLO has expanded to a large full time medical educational institute, complete with dormitory and instructors around the country.