October 8 - 16, 2019
Cost: $2,500

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Learn Wilderness Medicine and Desert Skills in the Spectacular Canyon Country of the Southwest.

Discover hidden arches and signs of the ancient Anasazi, explore slot canyons, and climb desert towers on this classic introduction to Southern Utah’s amazing canyon country. Learn and practice hands-on, field-based wilderness medicine skills, with an emphasis on self-care and small group leadership. Become skilled in desert camping, travel, and survival techniques and learn basic canyoneering skills. Revel in and truly experience the spectacular beauty of this iconic landscape. All meals, group gear, and adventures covered. Limited to 16 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel.


  • Ground transportation from St. George, Utah
  • All food, supplies, and group camping gear for 6 field days
  • Two nights (double occupancy) lodging in St. George on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Safety and group camping gear
  • Camping, permit, and park entrance fees and permits
  • 25.5 CMEs

Photos Courtesy of WMS Member: Chris Crowder


Jenevieve Kincaid, MD, MPH, RN/BSN, FAWM
"Dr. Jenn" graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2014 and UL School of Nursing in 2005. In August 2016, she received her MPH in Global Health Leadership from the Keck School of Medicine at USC and in September of 2016, completed her FAWM. She is Chair of WMS' Disaster and Humanitarian Committee, is pursuing the Diploma in Dive and Marine Medicine, and is an AWLS Instructor. She is currently a practicing Research Physician in South Lake Tahoe, co-founder of the Tahoe Advanced Sports (and Wilderness Medicine) Research Centre, and is collaborating with the CDC and NIEHS on a number of global health and environmental projects in rural northern Vietnam.   Jenevieve's wilderness passions include: SAR, diving, snow sports, disaster and humanitarian relief, outdoor education, canoeing or kayaking, hiking with her wonderful husband and her beagle, Brooklyn.


Todd Miner, EdD, FAWM
Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Education Director for the Wilderness and Environmental Section, University of Colorado School of Medicine. He previously taught and worked at Cornell University and the University of Alaska. Miner has led climbs of the 7 highest peaks on the continent and logged more than a thousand days of outdoor leadership and education.



We will be doing mainly primitive camping and day hikes. Participants will be sleeping in tents, participating in day hikes on rough and at times steep terrain, carrying a full day pack, up to 10 miles (16 km) in length, and exploring deep and narrow slot canyons, as well as slickrock. All activities are "challenge by choice" (if one is not comfortable participating in the activity that can be worked with and ideally an alternative will be suggested and/or provided). Weather can range from hot (30 degrees C/90 degrees F) to cold (-5 degrees C/20 degrees F), with rain, snow, and gusty winds are often experienced.


This week long expedition will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues, especially those experienced in arid and desert areas.  This include hypothermia, hyperthermia, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, toxic animals, and lost persons.

We will meet in St. George, UT (could also fly into Las Vegas, NV) then drive to Bryce National Park and to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the majority of classes and hikes will be held. We'll have additional classes at Zion National Park before returning to St. George.

All food, group camping gear, and ground transportation from St. George will be provided.  Participants will be responsible for their own clothing, eating utensils, and sleeping bag/pad.  Enrollment is limited to 16 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.



Day 1 Arrive St. George (by 4 pm)
Quality Inn, St George North, 912 West Red Cliffs Drive, Washington, UT. 84780 - (435) 673-3537
Introductions, Paperwork, Overview, Food and Gear
Day 2 Dixie National Forest
Day 3 Hike Calf Creek/Dixie Nat’l Forest
Day 4 Hike Phipps Arch/Dixie Nat’l Forest
Day 5 Drive/Hike Hackberry Canyon/Cottonwood Canyon
Depart Dixie Nat’l Forest, Drive ¾ down Cottonwood Canyon
Hike Hackberry Canyon
Day 6 Hike Buckskin Gulch/Cottonwood Canyon
Day 7 Zion Nat’l Park
Scramble Angels Landing and/or hike Virgin Narrows
Drive Back to St. George
Celebratory Dinner
Day 8 Drive to Zion National Park
Hike Angels Landing or the Virgin River Narrows
Drive back to St. George
Celebratory dinner
Day 9 Travel home and/or visit more of Utah/Nevada/Arizona



The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The WMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 25.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Topics (order of educational lectures will be determined by the faculty dependent upon conditions and status of the group):
Intro to Wilderness Medicine, Campcraft, Assessment, Patient Movement & Spinal Issues, Altitude Illness, Orthopedics & Splinting, Cold Injuries, Heat Related Illnesses, Water Treatment, Wounds and Burns, Head Injuries, Litters & Carries, SAR, Bites, Stings & Toxins, Scenarios, Drowning, Survival and Desert & Canyoneering Safety and Hyperthermia.


This course is designed to educate participants in the pathophysiology, recognition and treatment of a variety of medical problems commonly encountered in wilderness environments and settings remote from hospital or definitive care.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Establish a set of treatment priorities for care of the sick or injured in wilderness settings.
  • Demonstrate basic aspects of improvised care, rescue and evacuation.
  • Learn basic field skills enabling a physician to be more capable in a ssetting remote from definitive care. 

Target Audience:
Physicians and other Medical Care Providers who have an interest in providing medical care in “remote” environments such as wilderness settings or in developing countries are encouraged to attend.  Physicians counseling their patients traveling to remote areas will benefit as well.

Physician Assistants:
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Other Professionals:
Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Academy of Wilderness Medicine:
Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM™) is designed for individuals who want to be acknowledged for their professional achievement in Wilderness Medicine and validate their training for their patients and clients.

FACULTY DISCLOSURE:  It is the policy of the Wilderness Medical Society to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference.
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If you cancel 120 days or more before event, you will receive a 50% refund. Sorry, but no refund will be given if cancelled after this date.


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Suggested gear list for the trip.