Wilderness First Aid & CPR

in Lake Tahoe, CA / (Skill level: Introductory)

Price per person


About this trip

Spend time in the backcountry climbing, skiing or hiking? Then you need to take this course to be prepared for unexpected situations that could arise while you are away from emergency services. All good backcountry partners have medical training, and so should you. Please see below for complete course description. This course also meets the requirements for a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification.


  • skill level


  • Duration

Over the two day time span students will learn practical strategies for assessing injuries while in the wilderness and the appropriate responses. Students can expect to spend part of the course indoors for lecture and discussion, coupled with as much time outdoors as possible for hands on learning and practice.

This course also meets the requirements for a WFR Refresher.

After successful completion students are certified for 2 years by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), and will also received an American Heart Association approved CPR card that is also certified for 2 years. This course meets or exceeds the minimum requirements for most CPR and first aid training needs.


Alpenglow Expeditions operates under a special use permit from the Tahoe, Inyo and Eldorado National Forests. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 


  • Prerequisites and Experience

    No experience or prerequisites are needed for this course. If you are interested in being a more competent backcountry traveler, then please join us.

    • Day 1 - Morning — Meet & Discussion

      Meet your instructor at 8am in the Village at Squaw Valley. You'll begin the course with an overview lecture and discussion.

    • Day 1 - Afternoon — Field Practice

      After lunch, meet your group at a predetermined outdoor location. You'll practice skills and methods discussed during the morning portion of the course.

    • Day 1 - Evening — Homework

      Your instructor will send you home with homework to complete before the following morning.

    • Day 2 - Morning — Classroom Discussion

      Meet your instructor at 8am in the Village at Squaw Valley. You'll review your overnight assignments and continue to build on the discussions from the previous day.

    • Day 2 - Afternoon — Field Scenarios and Course Wrap

      The final afternoon is filled with skills practice and practice scenarios designed to test your knowledge gained from the previous day.

      • Equipment

      • Eddie Bauer Bacon Pack

        Mid-size pack for city days and trekking. Streamlined, neat and lightweight (10-20 liters). Black Diamond Bullet 16 Pack also recommended.

        Buy on http://www.eddiebauer.com/
    • How do I register?

      Simply click “Reserve Spot” at the top of your desired trip or course. Select your start date and proceed through the booking window.

    • What level of training do I need before joining this course?

      None!  This is an introductory course that will build a base for wilderness medicine and CPR. If you currently carry a WFR, this will refresh your certification.

    • What gear should I bring?

      A pack, food and water for the day, a watch, adequate layers for the forecasted weather, sunscreen, a notepad, and any additional materials the instructors may ask you to bring.

    • I just registered, what do I do now?

      You will receive a welcome email shortly with further instructions. Feel free to contact the office if you have any additional questions.

    • When and where do we meet?

      We usually start our days at 8:00 AM in the Alpenglow office at 1590 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA over fresh brewed coffee.

    • Can I do a custom WFA class for my friends or company?

      Yes, a large portion of our business is designed around custom training and expeditions. Please contact the office if you’re interested in hearing more about customizing training to suit your needs.

Logan Talbott

director of operations / chief guide

Logan has been guiding professionally for over a decade in the disciplines of Rock, Alpine and Ski Mountaineering. When not out guiding, Logan keeps things running smoothly as the director of operations at Alpenglow Expeditions. From one day ascents of El Capitan to big Alpine climbs in the Himalaya, from ski descents on Denali to backyard ski tours in Lake Tahoe, he can’t help but smile when out running around the hills. Logan is a fully certified AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide, an Avalanche course leader with AIARE, as well as a wilderness EMT. In addition to guiding, Logan has extensive experience in mountain rescue, having worked for rescue teams in both Yosemite and Denali National Parks, and volunteering locally for Tahoe Nordic SAR. When not out in the hills, he lives in Truckee, CA with his lovely wife Lynette and daughter Maggie.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA - American Mountain Guide
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

Nick Bliss

Nick is a native of northeastern California and has lived in Tahoe for about 15 years. Since 1997 he has worked as an EMT in fire, ski patrol, rescue, emergency rooms and on ambulances. Nick currently spends his summers as a paramedic in Tuolumne Meadows, for Yosemite Search and Rescue. He enjoys walks on deserted beaches, surfing small waves and documenting rare flowers of the world. In the winter months Nick lives in his van, teaches wilderness medicine, talks about avalanches and shares his stoke for the mountains.

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