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

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2 Days, 8am-6pm
Skill Rating:
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. Accommodations and transportation to course site. 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.

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 makes this class so special?
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.

Where is it located?
Locations are subject to change but we usually run the class in a large conference room at Profile Plastics in Lake Bluff, IL.

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

Do I need any money?
Bring some money for lunch each day.

What kind of money do they take? Are there ATMs?
The shops and restaurants around the Lake Bluff location accept credits and there are ATMs in the area.

What should I wear?
Most of the classroom sessions are indoors but we will do practice scenarios outdoors, so dress accordingly.

What do I need to bring?
We will send you a gear list upon registration.

Can I call home?
There is cell phone reception at the Lake Bluff location.

How long is the class?
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.

Who are the instructors?
The lead instructors are typically paramedics who are certified to teach wilderness medicine.

Do I need to prepare for this class?
No physical preparation is necessary but brushing up on first aid is helpful.

“Our instructor was very personable and extremely knowledgeable.” – John G. -April 22, 2012


“I learned a great deal! And it was fun! I never would have known that you have to talk to people about poop without this course! The course had an informal style, which was excellent because it allowed us to ask questions about subjects that were of interest to us. The course provided a good balance of lecture and simulation. I would recommend this course to anyone who is going into the wilderness, whether they’ll be guiding or not.” – Elizabeth Y., -April 22, 2012


“Scenarios were very helpful. Jake was excellent and succeeded in the difficult task of keeping everyone engaged and learning for 2 days – never bored and also not overwhelmed with information. Good pacing, stories, and information.” – Megan –April 22, 2012


“This course was interactive, good energy, interesting info/ stories. The instructor was knowledgeable, experienced – fit for the job pretty funny as well.” –TaylorS., -April 22, 2012


“It exceeded my expectations! The instructor was very knowledgeable and humorous.” – Lauren –April 22, 2012


“The positive aspect of the course was the information explaining the physiology of the body and the proper response. Much related to common sense reasoning once you understood the body. The instructor was excellent and was very good at explaining the topics. This course exceeded my expectations.” – Bill S. –April 22, 2012


“Our instructor was very knowledgeable and professional. The course met my expectations and was run really well and organized very well.” – Jose S. –April 22, 2012



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.