Wilderness First Responder: How To Recognize, Treat, And Prevent Emergencies In The Backcountry


The cutting edge in medical training for wilderness rescue and self care Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies. It's essential reading for wilderness educators, trip leaders, guides, search and rescue groups, and anyone who works or plays far from definitive medical care.

This invaluable resource includes expert, step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and “Signs and Symptoms” sidebars designed to help anyone provide immediate care in the wilderness―whenever they are more than an hour away from an ambulance or a hospital. It shows how to conduct a patient assessment, improvise when ideal materials are not handy, and decide whether or not to evacuate a patient.

Learn how to assess and treat:

+ Airway obstructions

+  Cardiac arrest

+  External and internal bleeding

+  Shock

+  Spine injuries

+  Head injuries

+  Chest injuries

+  Abdominal injuries

+  Fractures and dislocations

+  Athletic injuries

+  Soft-tissue injuries

+  Cold & Heat injuries

+  Altitude sickness

+  Insect bites and stings

+  Diabetic emergencies

+  Poisoning emergencies

+  Allergic reactions and anaphylaxis


+ Step-by-Stepinstructions that make it simple

+ High Resolutionimages for easy to see examples

+ Updatedfor modern methods and techniques

About The Author 

buck tilton - mymedic

Buck Tilton is co-founder of the Wildernes Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which has become the largest school of wilderness medicine in the world. Buck has been a teacher of first aid for almost 30 years and for six of those, worked on an ambulance and volunteering in a hospital emergency rooms. He remains active, taking on assignments as a first responder in remote locations.

Buck is a regular columnist for Backpacker magazine and is also the author of Knack Knots You Need and Knack Hiking & Backpacking. His many books for FalconGuides, including the award-winning Wilderness First Responder, have sold more than 100,000 copies combined.



+ Washburn University, B.A., History, 1970

+ Minnesota State University, M.S., Education, 1983

+ University of Wyoming, M.A., Literature, 2014


+ Paul Petzoldt Award for Excellence in Wilderness Education  |  2000

+ Warren Bowman Award for Contributions to Wilderness Medicine  |  2001

+ Excellence in Medical Writing from the American Medical Writers Association 



+ Paperback | 306 Pages

+ Publisher | Falcon Press Publishing

+ Edition | 3rd | March 2nd, 2010

+ Language | English

+ ISBN-10 | 0762754567

+ ISBN-13 | 978-0762754564

+ Dimensions | 0.9 in. x 10.9 in. x 8.4 in.

+ Weight | 1.95 lb.

+ Not HSA/FSA Approved