Assuming you studied the 2011 North Cascades Institute catalog closely, you may have noticed the lack of activities available at the Environmental Learning Center during the winter. As the studious person you are, the next obvious conclusion you would draw is that we close our doors, descend into hibernation, and wait for the snow to melt before inviting guests to join us again in the spring. However, all winter long, our campus is full of activity and guests.
In fact, on any given day, the Environmental Learning Center could be a scene of mass panic and chaos. You might see a dozen or more patients strewn about campus, screaming in pain, with an equal number of rescuers downing latex gloves, warm clothes, and nervous enthusiasm there to stabilize them.
WEMT students learn to improvise ways to transport patients out of the backcountry in makeshift litters.
Practicing newly learned wilderness medical skills, these victims and rescuers are all students in a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) course held here by Remote Medical International (RMI) through North Cascades Institute’s Group Rentals Program.