The origins of the Peak 7 Adventures Wilderness Medicine program date back to early 2010. A need was perceived to produce a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course for Peak 7’s wilderness guides that would provide them with a uniform experience in managing health-related needs in a wilderness setting. Dr. Kevin Kerrigan was tasked with developing a curriculum based on the lecture series “Trauma in the Austere Environment”, which he had recently taught at the National University of Rwanda. Co-incidentally, Moody School of Aviation had asked for his input on preparing a curriculum for the medical portion of their already-existing Survival Course. In collaboration with Dr. Cal Wilson, then Director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Colorado, they authored the first edition of the Peak 7 Adventures Wilderness Medicine curriculum.
Since the launch of the first WFR course in January, 2011, a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course and a Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course have been developed. In addition, we have adapted the WAFA curriculum to enhance Moody Aviation’s WAFA/Survival Course for bush pilots. Each of Peak 7 Adventures Wilderness Medicine courses is based on a unique curriculum designed to provide the knowledge and skills that allow our students to improvise a problem-solving approach to the myriad situations that confront first responders in a wilderness setting.
Dr. Kerrigan is the Course Director and principal instructor.
Kevin R. Kerrigan, MD FACS
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Diplomat, American Board of Surgery
Former Instructor, U.S. Military Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course
Calvin Wilson, MD
University of Colorado
Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Public Health
Director, Center for Global Health