Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) is an intensive 3-day course designed for healthcare professionals to augment their training and knowledge and allow them to convert this knowledge into a limited resource (wilderness) environment. Our AWLS course curriculum was developed at the University of Utah in 1997 and continues to introduce the latest protocols in wilderness medicine to anyone with a healthcare license (EMT, RN, PA, NP, DO, MD). Vertical Medicine Resources is a licensee for this outstanding course, now administered by AdventureMed. As with everything we do, our courses are focused on the vertical environment, and while we meet all requirements of the AWLS curriculum, our scenarios and training are geared to climbers. The AWLS course was named as one of the four best wilderness medicine courses in the United States by Outside magazine. Read what they said about our program here.

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Currently Scheduled Classes:

NOTE: The 2017 AWLS Mt. Hood Course is FULL. If you would like to add your name to a waitlist for this course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you for your interest in this course!


Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) - Tentative Date: June 29 - July 1, 2018

Mazama Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

The course will be held at the Mazama Lodge at the foot of Mt. Hood, Oregon. All meals during the course are included in the tuition costs and prepared by our onsite chef. Lodging is available for a small fee on site (Bunkhouse and Camping) or you can choose from multiple other lodging options to include the nearby Timberline Lodge, Collins Lake Resort, and many others. The class schedule along with additional details on the course is available in the 10 page course guide.

"Learn the skills to prevent medical problems, reduce suffering, and save lives in non-traditional medical settings"

• Earn your Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) certification
• Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medicine skills for patient assessment, treatment, and evacuation protocols
• Practice your skills in live scenarios with our expert instructors
• Obtain up to 20.5 hours of category 1 CME
• Receive Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship (FAWM) credits

Optional Pre Course Activities/Classes (Friday, June 30)

1) Basic Life Support (BLS) - $65.00

The AHA BLS course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Students will complete an online portion prior to arrival. This class will be held on June 30th and can be combined with the ACLS recertification. If interested in both courses, please select the drop down option that registers for both at a discount.

2) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) EP/Recertification - $175.00

This ACLS recertification will be held on June 30th in the morning prior to the start of the AWLS Course. The cost of this refresher is an additional $175.00. The goal of the ACLS EP Course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other (eg, metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. The solid foundation of the ACLS curriculum will assist the wilderness and climbing medicine student as an adjunct to their educational goals.

3) BLS/ACLS Certification - $200.00

Combine both the BLS and ACLS class for a discount on both AHA certifications.

4) First Aid Kit Customized Build Out Workshop - $50.00

VMR's Medical Guides will lead you through the principals of medical kit construction and preparation. Each student will receive a heavy duty nylon medical kit container, as well as, a host of medical and survival supplies to fill each kit. Additional items are available at a discount as are second and third kits for students who desire gifts for family members and loved ones.

5) Survival in the Mountains - $75.00

This class will be conducted on Mt. Hood and will focus on the survival skills essential to the mountaineer or adventurer. Taught by Bryan Simon, graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School and AMGA certified instructor, and Tom Gall, a long time member or Portland Mountain Rescue as well as the Denali National Park Mountaineering Rescue Team, this pre-course will better prepare you to survive in the wilderness with little equipment. This is one of our most popular pre-course activities and space is limited in order to provide for proper student to instructor ratios.

Tuition Rates (including all meals, inexpensive lodging options totaling $25, $50, $75 and $100 are also available)

Associate Providers (EMT, RN, NP, PA) - $545
Students and Resident Physicians - $545
Doctoral Registration - $745

Basic Life Support (AHA - BLS) - $65.00
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Course (AHA - ACLS) EP/Recertification - $175.00
First Aid Kit Customized Build Out Workshop - $50.00
Survival in the Mountains - $75.00
BLS/ACLS Combination Recertification - $200.00


Check back for registration details for our 2018 course!


American Alpine Club (AAC), Mazama, or SAR Team members who register for this course will also receive a complimentary High and Dry Kit (MSRP: $28.00). Please include your membership information when registering. For more information about the kit, check out our Cache.

For additional information, please review the course guide. To see the beautiful Mazama Lodge for yourself, please visit this link. If you have any additional questions about the course, please feel free to email our staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We look forward to seeing you there!

We think this is THE course to take for medical providers, but don't take our word for it, here is what some students have said about our curriculum and instructors:

"The course was spot-on with knowledge and techniques and philosophy to make sense out of mayhem when something bad happens in a beautiful place."

"Instructors have real world experience and stories to share."

"Best priced AWLS course including meals and lodging."

"The course material is great. I like the inclusion of personal stories and scenarios."

"Thank you for the awesome, interactive, entertaining course. The real-world stories shared by the instructors and invited from the audience were a useful component of our education."

"As someone who doesn't deal with emergencies regularly, I appreciated the complex and realistic scenarios."

"Instructors were top notch and engaging...oh, and it was fun! Outstanding Job."

"Thanks for your hard work preparing this...I think I will be much more help out there now!"

"Having been involved in a some backcountry accidents in the past, I felt this course would be a perfect fit for me as a EMT-P and Trip Leader."

"Hands-on practice was helpful for learning."

"Food was great and plentiful...oh, and the beer was great too."

VMR Cancellation Policy: Unexpected things happen at home just as they do on a climbing trip or expedition. We understand this and have developed our cancellation policy with that in mind. Students withdrawing from classes will receive a full refund, minus a 10% processing fee up to 30 days prior to the start of the course. Within 30 days of the course we offer credit towards future training (within 24 months of original class date).