Blog: More Than A Summit

Climbing for More Than A Summit

July 31st, 2018

The climbing season has been in full swing with Peaks of Life, and there's more to come! We are so grateful for the climbers who have joined us to climb for "More Than A Summit." As our tagline suggests, we may not always get to the summit of a mountain, but we always aim to raise money for uncompensated care for children and families receiving care at Seattle Children's.

The devoted individuals who join us on climbs pledge to raise a certain amount of money for each climb. We're lucky to meet people who are equally enthusiastic about climbing and our mission. The drive and passion behind our climbers has led to a growing support network in our community, and we're thankful for every donation received. Pushing physical limitations is often uncomfortable and challenges the psyche, so many climbers have expressed how our vision helps to keep them focused during climbs.

Our team at Peaks of Life is busy year-round, but this time of year is truly the peak of the action. We spend many months before the climbing season in preparation for mountaineering expeditions on prominent peaks throughout the Pacific Northwest. We work hard to recruit climbers who both meet the qualifications for each climb and are committed to the fundraising objective. As our network of supporters and climbers continues to grow, we are constantly amazed by the philanthropic community in the Pacific Northwest. Words could not begin to express how humbled we are by the kindness and generosity of those connected to our cause.

Every Friday in August, we plan to publish a trip report from our recent climbs, including: Mount Rainier (Kautz Glacier, Disappointment Cleaver, and Emmons Glacier), Mount Shuksan (Fisher Chimneys), Mount Olympus, and Mount Baker (coming soon!). In the meantime, please read the following brief summaries and highlights of our year so far, There's still more to come and we can't wait to share, but please ask any burning questions in our comment section.

Climbing Season 2018: A Brief Summary

Mount Adams: May 19-20

Elevation: 12,276 feet
Route climbed: South Climb
Summit Success: Yes!
Trip Snapshot: A successful summit despite "an initial dodgy weather report for the weekend." See the full trip report here, complements of Brett Banka!

Mount Rainier, Single Push: June 16

Elevation: 14,411 feet
Route climbed: Kautz Glacier
Summit Success: Not during this climb, but three members of the team headed back on July 22nd for a second chance and successfully summited in a single push.
Trip Snapshot: Due to varied weather conditions and timing, the team could not summit on July 16. Details on the Peaks of Life climb and later successful summit are underway!

Mount Rainier, Single Push: June 24

Elevation: 14,411 feet
Route climbed: Disappointment Cleaver
Summit Success: Yes!
Trip Snapshot: Forrest and Tuan headed up to summit Rainier as a two-man team in a successful one day push. A relatively uneventful, but highly successful climb.

Mount Shuksan: July 7-8

Elevation: 9,127 feet
Route climbed: Fisher Chimneys
Summit Success: Not this time, due to a rescue happening below the summit block.
Trip Snapshot: This route has it all -- glaciers, rock, scrambling, and snow travel. Time constraints did not allow for a successful summit, but the team was graced with beautiful views at camp and when the skies cleared on day two. Looking forward to sharing the write-up this coming Friday, August 3!

Mount Rainier: July 21-22

Elevation: 14,411 feet
Route climbed: Emmons Glacier
Summit Success: Yes!
Trip Snapshot: Our ALL WOMEN'S team (including Forrest Barker in a dress) persevered through "pain, dehydration, elation, more pain, sleeplessness, 5 minute cap naps, penitentes of death," says climber Anita Gray. Can't wait to hear the write-up for this trip report and be inspired by a team of women!

Mount Olympus: July 28-30

Elevation: 7,969 feet
Route climbed: Crystal Pass
Summit Success: Yes!
Trip Snapshot: With a long approach through the Hoh rainforest, the group camped two nights and summited Olympus in a three-day climb involving glaciers and rock. Can't wait to hear how the group entertained themselves during the long trek through the Hoh once everyone recovers from the long weekend!

Mount Baker, August 11-12

Elevation: 7,969 feet
Route climbeding: Coleman Deming Glaciers
Summit Success: Pending!
Trip Snapshot: Our team is currently in the fundraising stage. Please consider donating here to help our team reach their goal!

Peaks of Life Gala

Start spreading the news! As our climbing season is quickly coming to a close, we are gearing up for our annual gala to celebrate of our climbers and community of supporters! After climbing various mountains throughout the Pacific Northwest, we are getting excited to change our mountaineering boots for heels, eat a three-course meal, hunt for Sasquatch, and connect with our community. Don't forget to buy your tickets before prices increase on August 15th. We want to offer a special thanks to Jason Reynolds, the creative mind behind Rogue Photographer, for donating this incredible photo of Mount Rainier as our event's feature image.

We'd Love to Hear From You!

Your opinion is valuable for many reasons. We climb to build community, and our community is YOU! If you have any questions about information that has not yet been released (i.e. conditions of routes), or input for our organization, we'd love to hear from you. Please consider commenting regarding the following questions and thoughts:

  • What other peaks are you interested in climbing?
  • Are there any specific routes you'd like to climb?
  • Do you have specific questions about route conditions?
  • Do you plan to attend our gala on Friday, September 21?
  • What would you expect to see/learn/experience at the gala?
  • What would you like to learn about Peaks of Life?

Here's to Climbing for More Than A Summit!

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Mount Adams Trip Report

June 15th, 2018

Story Captured by Brett Banka

Our Peaks of Life team kicked-off the 2018 climbing season with our first successful summit of the year to the top of Mount Adams at 12,276’ on May 19-20th! We raised over $4,000 for the Seattle Children’s uncompensated care fund to support children and their families undergoing care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

This year’s Mount Adams team was comprised of an incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic group of climbers from all areas of the Pacific Northwest. The climb began with the rendezvous of all climbers at the South Climb trailhead at roughly 5,500’ elevation near the base of Mount Adams. Here our climbers arrived on this early Saturday morning after traveling from the surrounding areas of Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland to convene for this all-weekend expedition.

After completing all of our gear and equipment checks, we set off on snowshoes, skis and split boards at the first sight of snow. Snow levels began before the trailhead at around 5,000 feet. The trek began at a steady pace through the sparsely wooded, snow-covered trail amongst the charred remains of the 2012 Cascade Creek Fire. While aiming toward the Crescent Ridge route just below the Crescent Glacier, we captured our first glimpse on the summit through the dissipating cloud cover. After reaching the Crescent Ridge, we arrived to enjoy sweeping, unobstructed views of the South aspect of Mount Adams rising above. Just within sight, we viewed rocky outcroppings striated in the snowfield curiously named Lunch Counter, where we would be setting up camp for the night. As the climb endured, we were treated with patches of sunlight breaking through the mid-mountain cloud cover to capture views of the landscape of the Mount Adams Wilderness below.

After nearly 5 hours of steady snow travel and traversing up steeper and steeper sections of the snowfield, we arrived at the wide, expansive section of Lunch Counter at nearly 9,400’ to set up camp. Once finished setting up our tents and taking a much-needed break from the first leg of the trip, we gathered in a communal kitchen area crafted with a deceitfully spacious tent and comfortable snow benches to convene for a dinner of dehydrated delights.

Here, our team enjoyed the close confines and warmth of the ‘kitchen’ with multiple portable backpacking stoves burning at full force to melt snow to supply our drinking water for the remainder of the trip. While we consumed ample pre-prepared meals to refuel for the next day, our team enjoyed each other’s company and swapped summit stories of climbs past.

As the late May sun approached the horizon of the West shoulder of Mount Adams, the temperatures began to drop and a thick layer of cloud and fog began to engulf our camp creating an illusive dusk. With the diminishing weather and decreasing day light, we decided to wrap up dinner and take refuge to our tents. Although it was only 7PM at this time, we began to prepare for bed to get adequate rest for our alpine start in the morning at the early sunrise hour. It was perfect timing for bed, and not long after we climbed into our below zero’ rated sleeping bags, the soft sounds of snoring could be heard from our surrounding neighbors. Approaching 8PM, a breach of light hit our tents as if the sun had risen from thin air. Peeping out from the warm confines of our alpine shelters, we captured the makings of a breathtaking Mount Adams sunset.

Not long after sunset, we retreated back into our warm tents to capture some much-needed rest for summit day the following morning. At dawn break, we gathered with our gear to begin the reach for the summit. We set off from camp at roughly 5AM with crampons at our feet and ice axes in hand. We headed up the broad snowfield chasing the breaching sunrise at the horizon directly ahead. With the summit hidden just above the clouds, we began our steps upward and onward through the impenetrable mountain fog.

The team traveled at a steady pace gaining steeper elevation as the slopes pitched upwards toward Piker’s Peak at 11,657’. We followed the boot pack straight up the steepest section of the climb taking on a single file track.

We reached the false summit of Piker’s Peak and broke above the relentless cloud banks and captured our first sight of the summit.

With an initial dodgy weather report for the weekend, we were elated to lay eyes on the summit with clear blue skies above. We pushed on for our final stretch to the summit after a short break fueled by peanut butter M&M’s washed down with the remaining swigs of our snow melt water supply. We were headed for the top.

Our team reached the summit side-by-side and raised the Peaks of Life banner for a colorful pose of climbers, whom many had just met the day before and had become well acquainted climbing partners and friends by summits reach. On the summit, we enjoyed the sweeping views of the surrounding Cascades including Mount Hood, Mount Saint Helens, and Mount Rainier.

Brooke Jarvie, Managing Director of Peaks of Life, notes:

We made summit around 9:30 – our team crushed it and were an hour faster than we had budgeted for!

Mount Hood

Mount Saint Helens

Mount Rainier

A moment of congratulations was awarded to the team as we realized that we had embarked on this climb for “More than a summit” and raised over $4,000 for the Seattle Children’s uncompensated care fund to support health care for the patients and families receiving care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Following the summit, we began our journeys back home toward camp via skis, splitboard, and glissade. After reaching the base of the mountain, we returned fulfilled with an extraordinary weekend of climbing, with an extraordinary group of climbers, all for an extraordinary cause.

United by a beautiful cause and love for the mountains, our team of climbers formed a unique bond on this trip. Matt Leaman, a Peaks of Life Climber on our Mount Adams trip comments on his blog:

I still do not know how or where I found the organization, but I was immediately inspired to apply for their Mount Adams climb in May. A few weeks later, my application was accepted, so it was time to raise some money and continue my training! It was pretty easy to raise the money, because people are super willing to give a little of their hard earned money to help pay for children's medical bills. It's too bad that we live in a world/country where families can go bankrupt, because their kid has a disease, and I was proud to help raise a little to help these families.

To read a trip report from Matt's perspective, please see his full blog entry “Climbing for a Cause” here!

Here's to Climbing for More Than A Summit!


SPECIAL THANKS to our blog guest author of the month, Brett Banka, who shares: "Being new to the Pacific Northwest, I was lucky to be introduced to Peaks of Life through a series of fortunate events and learn about their bold endeavor to support children and their families through the Seattle Children’s uncompensated health care initiative. Inspired to do more, it’s my aspiration to contribute to Peaks of Life in supporting their efforts to raise funds and spread awareness for this great cause. I’m thrilled to be a part of Peaks of Life in reach for More than a Summit!" You can find Brett on social media alongside his gorgeous photos of adventures in the Pacific Northwest at @brettbanka.

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First Aid Kits

May 18th, 2018

When planning any outdoor adventure, a first aid kit is often considered one of the ten essentials. However, many people make the mistake of purchasing a first aid kit already stocked, stuffing it in the brain of their pack, and then never opening it. Many will also think that not having to use a first aid kit is a good sign – that means nobody got hurt! Yet, a first aid kit can and should be utilized regularly, and therefore requires time and thought to build one to meet personal needs.

There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a first aid kit from the store shelves already stocked, but building your own will allow for more specificity of your kit. Below are some tips and tricks to help you build your own first aid kit, but the most important tool in your kit is knowledgeIf you haven't already, consider taking a wilderness medicine course in order to better protect yourself and others in emergent (and non-emergent!) situations. Prepare for the unexpected and stay safe out there!

General First Aid Guidelines

Here are some other general thoughts on first aid kits before we categorize specific items you may wish to carry:

  • Specificity: Match the items in your kit to the trip needs. A rock climbing trip kit will look different than a ski mountaineering or day hike kit. Consider the terrain/conditions in which you’ll travel (snow vs. greenery), number of people you’re supplying (personal vs. group), and duration of the trip (single vs. multi-day). Though it’s hard to predict what may happen in the backcountry, the trip plan gives us valuable information on what we should be prepared for. For example, carrying altitude medication wouldn’t be helpful when climbing Mt. Si.
  • Restocking: It’s important to restock your first aid kit before every trip. Though an ‘off the counter’ premade first aid kit can work in the beginning, we recommend keeping items in bulk for easy restock before trips. (Plus, the bags that come with a first aid kit off the counter are usually quite awesome to use for a DIY one!)
  • Familiarity: Know where important items are located within your kit, and notify others where you keep it in your pack (especially if supplying for your group). Familiarization with the items in your first aid kit is critical! Don’t carry something you don’t know how to use – your level of knowledge and medical/first aid training should be a guide in what you specifically put in the kit.

First Aid Kit Items

First aid kits should be designed to meet an individual’s knowledge and needs. The group size, trip length, location, and remoteness of the trip will also shape what’s needed, but we will dive into this next. Of course, this complicates the process because there is not a ‘one size fits all’ model for first aid kits. Below is a list of first aid kit items based on the types of supplies:

The Vessel

Choosing how you carry your first aid kit items will depend on preference and the trip. If traveling somewhere with plenty of water (so, anywhere in the Pacific Northwest!), make sure your kit is waterproof. You may consider packing in waterproof zip-top bags, dry bags, or even dry cases if water is a more serious concern (i.e. pack rafting trip). Also think about weight and organization. Do you want a nylon clamshell with organized pouches and see-through dividers (so much room for organization! How fun!), or do you prefer a military-grade pouch? Use what works best for you and the way you travel in the backcountry.

MVP

Athletic tape is one of the most frequently used first aid items for injuries and non-injuries. It can be used for wound care, bracing for sprains/strains, and more! Everyone should have a roll of it in their kit.

  • Athletic tape, 1”
Bandaging Materials

Minor cuts and lacerations are one of the most common injuries in the outdoors. Keeping the injury clean to avoid infection, and having materials to manage bleeding are critical.

Wound Care
Blister Care

Unfortunately, blisters happen. If you’re prone to blisters, it’s a good idea to use some materials for prevention on ‘hot spots’ where you’ve gotten a blister in the past. Also bring materials for if unforeseen blisters pop up.

  • 2nd Skin: can also be used for burns (these blister pads are also awesome)
  • Moleskin
  • Foam relief pads
  • Whatever works for you! Note that duct tape is not recommended on open blisters.
Musculoskeletal Injuries

Sprains, strains, and muscular injuries are very common in the backcountry. Additionally, splinting materials may be required for more serious injuries such as fractures.

  • Cravat/triangular bandage: makes a perfect arm sling, and are multi-functional
  • Kinesiotape
  • ACE wrap
  • Elastic bandage with Velcro closure
  • SAM splint 
Bleeding/CPR

Often called the ABC’s in emergency response, these are materials for urgent conditions that involve: Airway, Breathing, Circulation.

  • Gloves: non-latex, Nitrile protective gloves
  • CPR rescue mask or breathing barrier
  • Tampons without applicator: perfect for nose bleeds, and better than Q-tips
  • Israeli emergency bandage: for arterial bleeds
  • Tourniquet: if bleeding cannot be controlled (I like the one in this link because it has a spot to write the time it was placed!)
  • Stethoscope and Blood Pressure Cuff: for lung sounds and blood pressure, which can be more information than needed, but helpful in diagnostics 
Medications/Topicals

Make sure all medications are clearly labeled. It is not advised to mix medications in a container because of confusion with different pill colors/shapes, and medication allergies. Small pill bottles are light and can’t be misinterpreted.

  • Personal prescription medications (i.e. asthma inhaler)
  • Tylenol/Acetaminophen (500mg tablets)
  • Ibuprofen/Advil (200mg tablets)
  • Aspirin (325mg)
  • Epi Pen: personal, or if you’re trained to carry one, you can ask your PCP
  • Stool softener
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Eye drops
  • Antacid/Tums
  • Oral glucose gel: honey packets work great
  • Hydrocortisone: topical corticosteroid
  • Antiemetic: for nausea, vomiting, motion sickness
  • Antihistamine: such as Benadryl for allergic reactions
  • Diphenhydramine hydrochloride/Claritin
  • Azithromycin/Z-pack: for bacterial infections; requires PCP prescription/rx
  • Dexamethasone (2mg tablets): to treat active altitude sickness; requires rx
  • Acetazolamide/Diamox (250mg tablets): when traveling to altitude; requires rx
Instruments
  • Trauma/EMT shears
  • Tweezers: get a good pair that are sharp and pointy!
  • Knife
  • Thermometer
  • Hypothermia thermometer (if traveling in cold climates)
Personal Care Items

The following emergency essentials may be carried separately from a first aid kit, but are important for most trips.

  • Lighter
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent (depending on time of year)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip sunscreen/lip balm
  • Knife
  • Baby wipes
  • Body powder: can save you from trench foot and chaffing
  • Toilet paper
Emergency Items
  • Gear repair kits (i.e. sleeping pad repair, tent pole repair)
  • Duct tape
  • Tenacious tape
  • Paracord
  • Space blanket/emergency blanket
  • Spare batteries: AA and/or AAA based on what batteries are required
  • Cell phone or satellite radio 
Paperwork
  • Paper and pencil
  • Information booklet on First Aid
  • Prescription drug information
  • Verbal SOAP note reference (for a radio report/calling for help – see below)

First Aid Kit Organization

Packing your first aid kit requires thought in effort to protect valuable equipment and make access to emergency items fast and easy. A list of contents of the pack should be outlined somewhere in your first aid kit (with the items’ intended uses). All items should be clearly labeled and divided into appropriate subsections. You can organize your kit based on the types of supplies (as outlined above) or urgency. If choosing to organize based on urgency, use the three stages of emergency response as your guide:

  1. Stage One is stabilization of ABCD. A problem with Airway, Breathing, Circulation, or “Da Brain” must be addressed and stabilized before intervening with other conditions. Stage One includes items such as a CPR mask, Epi Pen, and emergency bandage.
  2. Stage Two is diagnostics for less urgent conditions. This includes a stethoscope, BP cuff, thermometer, notebook/pencil, trauma shears, thermometer, etc.
  3. Stage Three is intervention for the less urgent conditions. Once ABCD has been stabilized (or is being properly monitored), responders can put attention to other problems requiring intervention.

Sample Personal First Aid Kit

For a one-person first aid kit, the following contents should be comprehensive enough to deal with most emergent conditions. Click on each title below to see recommended items for a personal single and multi-day trip first aid kit.

  • 1 roll Athletic tape
  • 8-10 Adhesive bandages (varied shapes/sizes)
  • 1 ACE bandage
  • 2 4x4 gauze pads
  • 2 2x2 gauze pads
  • 1 Roller gauze
  • Blister care
  • Alcohol/Iodine swabs
  • Tylenol/Ibuprofen
  • Nitrile gloves (optional)
  • CPR mask/breathing barrier
  • Tweezers
  • Personal items: sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, knife, prescription medications

ADD the following items to the single-day list:

  • More wound dressings
  • More blister care
  • More ACE wraps (2)
  • Irrigating syringe
  • Topical antibiotic
  • Steri-Strips
  • Tincture of benzoin
  • Trauma shears
  • Triangular bandage
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Antiemetic medication
  • Claritin and Benadryl
  • Antacid medication
  • Thermometer
  • Appropriate personal and emergency items (depending on trip plan/location)

 Peaks of Life First Aid Kit

 

Peaks of Life takes first aid and safety seriously. In higher altitude terrain and more remote locations, there is potential for longer term care. Additionally, preventative care is important, especially during longer expeditions. On every climb this year, we will carry a variety of first aid kits: smaller kits for rope leads, and one "guide" kit for the trip leader. Below is our list of materials we'll be carrying to ensure safety of trip leaders and our climbers. Please note that we still encourage our climbers to bring their own first aid kits to ensure all personal needs are met! The bolded items below will ONLY be in the trip leaders' first aid kit.

1 3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope, Black
1 Economy Blood Pressure Cuff, Adult
1 Pulse Oximeter
1 Trauma Shears
1 Plain Splinter Forceps, Straight, Pointed Tip, 3.5"
1 Precision Xtra Blood Glucose & Ketone Meter
10 Lancets
1 Precision Xtra Blood Glucose & Ketone Strips, BX/50
1 Ammex Nitrile Gloves, Small, PR/2
2 Ammex Nitrile Gloves, Medium, PR/2
2 Ammex Nitrile Gloves, Large, PR/2
1 Ammex Nitrile Gloves, X-Large, PR/2
2 Biohazard Bag 10 Gallon
1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, w/ Aloe, 2oz
2 Triangular Bandage, 36"x36"x51"
2 Medi-Pak Elastic Bandage, W/ Velcro, 4''x5yd, Latex Free
2 SAM Splint, 36", Roll, Orange/Blue
1 SAM Finger Splint, Orange/Blue
2 Emergency Blanket
1 CPR Barrier
5 E-Z Lubricating Jelly, 3g, Foil Packet, Water Soluble
1 Color Coded Guedel Airway, 50 mm, Size 0, Blue
1 Color Coded Guedel Airway, 60 mm, Size 1, Black
1 Color Coded Guedel Airway, 70 mm, Size 2, White
1 Color Coded Guedel Airway, 80 mm, Size 3, Green
1 Color Coded Guedel Airway, 90 mm, Size 4, Yellow
1 Color Coded Guedel Airway, 100 mm, Size 5, Red
1 Robertazzi Nasal Airway, 22 Fr
1 Robertazzi Nasal Airway, 26 Fr
1 Robertazzi Nasal Airway, 30 Fr
1 Robertazzi Nasal Airway, 34 Fr
2 HALO Chest Seal, PK/2
1 Combat Medic Reinforcement Duct Tape, Roll
1 Epinephrine Auto-Injector, 0.3mg, PK/2
1 Nitrostat, 0.4mg, BTL/25, Sublingual TAB
1 Ondansetron, Orally Disintegrating, 8mg, BX/10, UD TAB
1 Ventolin HFA, Metered, 90mcg, 60 Dose
1 Insta-Glucose, 31g Tube
1 Aspirin, 81mg, BT/36, Orange Flavor, CHW TAB
12 Gauze Sponge, 4"x4", PK/2, 12 Ply, Sterile
4 Abdominal Combine Pad, 5" x 9", Sterile
3 Stretch Gauze Bandage Roll 3", Sterile
1 QuikClot Combat Gauze LE, 3"x4 yds, Z-Fold
1 Israeli Emergency Bandage, 4"
1 Syringe, 60mL, Luer-Lok
1 Saf-Shield Irrigation Splash Shield
1 Double Antibiotic Ointment, 1 oz., ONT
3 Stretch Gauze Bandage Roll 3", Sterile
1 Krinkle Gauze Roll, 4.5" x 4.1yds, Sterile
1 Athletic Tape 1" x 10'
1 Adhesive Bandages, Assorted Sizes, BX/60
3 Non-Adherent Pad, Sterile, 3"x4"
2 Blist-O-Ban Blister Bandage
2 Petrolatum Gauze Strip, 3'' x 18"
2 Wound Closure Strips, .125"x3", PK/5
2 Benzoin Tincture Ampule
5 Extra Strength Acetaminophen, APAP, 500mg, UD
5 Ibuprofen, 200mg, PK/2 UD
5 Antacid Tablet, 420mg, UD TAB
5 Electrolyte Replacement, UD TAB
5 Loperamide HCl, 2mg, CAP UD
5 Meclizine HCl, 25mg, TAB UD
5 Loratadine, 10mg
5 Diphenhydramine HCl, 25mg, UD TAB
5 Phenylephrine HCl, 5mg
5 Cough Drops, Menthol Cherry, 7.6mg
1 Oxymetazoline HCI, 0.05%, 15ml, Nasal Spray
1 Lubricating Eye Drops 0.05%, 0.5oz, DRP
5 Tampon Tampax Regular Absorbency
1 Hydrocortisone Ointment 1%, 1 oz
2 Cotton tipped applicators
6 Providone Iodine
2 Knuckle bandages
20 Acetazolamide 250mg
20 Dexamethasone 2mg tablets

 

Summary

Knowledge is power when it comes to safety in the mountains. One of the best tools you can bring with you to the mountains is knowledge, and there are many opportunities for continuing education in first aid and emergency response. Check out your local resources for a CPR, Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and other remote/emergency response courses! Below are some recommended accrediting

Here’s to Climbing for More Than A Summit!


*Please note Peaks of Life does not benefit from you clicking any of the above links to purchase at REI, Amazon, or NOLS. The links are purely for your shopping convenience so you can start building your first aid kit immediately.

**Knowing your own body’s needs are imperative to maintaining safety in all situations. Please consult with your Primary Care Physician for any questions or concerns regarding your own mountain health.

***Most importantly: Stay safe out there, everyone!

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