VMR Climbing Medicine Clinics

Climbing First Aid™/Climber First Aid™ Clinic (1/2 Day – Full Day)

This clinic covers medical issues common to climbing, no matter the geographic location. This is the first clinic of its kind offered to climbers with a specific focus on common climbing injuries and illnesses and includes detailed information of how to prevent and treat overuse injuries, how to respond to falls and related injuries, and medical and environmental concerns that are climber specific (altitude, lightning, etc.). Our original content, delivered in half day and full day courses are perfect for climbing gyms, university climbing clubs, climbing festivals and events, and are a great first step of training for all climbers interested in being better prepared to care for themselves and their partners in a vertical environment.

Currently Scheduled Classes:

Climber First Aid™ - Portland, OR - October 14, 2015

Wilderness Risk Management Conference 

This clinic will be held as a pre-conference event at the 22nd annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC). To attend, please visit their website to register. This course focuses specifically on common climbing injuries and includes detailed information on how to prevent and treat overuse injuries and how to respond to falls and injuries that are specific to rock and alpine climbing.

 
Vertical Medicine Resources Contact: Pearce Beissinger, MS, PA-C, FAWM
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But don't take our word for it, here is what some course sponsors have said about our curriculum and instructors:


"This well-trained, professional team presented their climbing medicine clinic at the New River Rendezvous and brought calm, common-sense advice to a group of motivated climbers. We were impressed with their practical suggestions and guidelines, thorough grasp of the subject matter, and their ability to convey the information in an easily digestible manner."

-- Maura Kistler, New River Rendezvous

Climb Prepared™ Clinics -- Levels 1 & 2 (2-3 Day)

Being a competent climber requires many skills. In addition to the movement and technical skills required to ascend/descend securely, all competent climbers should know how to treat medical emergencies on the cliff and have the technical skills to self-rescue. Vertical Medicine Resources (VMR) has partnered with Seneca Rocks Climbing School (SRCS) to create a unique course that addresses these fundamental skills. This two-day course integrates climbing medicine with self-rescue techniques to give students the confidence to care for themselves in multi-pitch and alpine environments.

Interested in hosting a clinic for your climbing community, university outdoors club, or festival? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for additional details.

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).