the backcountry pulse difference
At Backcountry Pulse, a positive learning culture is established through collective education where open, flexible, and curious mentalities are shared. All students are supported, respected and an engaging learning experience is fostered.
Instructors are all wilderness medicine professionals and skilled outdoor experiential educators with years of experience working complex rescues and guiding groups in remote, dynamic environments. Our instructors are passionate about creating all-encompassing, collaborative learning environments. We are thoughtful managers of risk, and value the critical thinking that goes into the anticipation and mitigation of hazards. Read about our company's risk practices and how we facilitate a positive learning culture.
We strive to make learning as realistic as possible through our scenarios, the terrain we practice in, and the creativity of moulage (trauma makeup and molding.) We address important emotional issues involved in a rescue and build the of tools of resilience, healing and an online alumni community for lasting support. Our experiential, “big picture” approach forces students to “think about their thinking” and empowers students to perceive and quantify risks to make critical decisions, adaptations, be an effective leader and communicator.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Wilderness EMT Upgrade (WEMT)
Wilderness Professional Rescuer (WPR)
On a Backcountry Pulse course you will be challenged, supported, and will receive a powerful experience that will transform your abilities to care for yourself and others in remote environments. We provide tailored wilderness medical education throughout North America, South America, Asia, and Africa. All programs are taught to the current internationally accepted wilderness medicine guidelines and are continually updated to reflect the latest evidence-based practices. Our texts are authored by Wilderness Medical Society physicians and members who are experts in the field of austere medicine, technical rescue, psychology, and global and environmental health.
D.I.R.E (diversity, inclusion, representation, and equality) Initiative: Our United States program blends wilderness medicine, outdoor leadership, environmental stewardship, and job placement services, advancing aspiring outdoor leaders from under-tapped communities.
Community-based Global Heath Initiative: Our global health program works with local communities in developing countries to facilitate medical care and health education projects following our wilderness medicine education programming.