Safety

TRIP LEADERS: The She-Wolf trip leaders are all certified outdoor professionals with a cumulative 20+ years of experience working with children in outdoor settings involving risk assessment and safe decision-making. Shannon and Olivia have a Wilderness First Responder* certificate from Aerie Backcountry Medicine.

*What is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR)? 

Aerie's 72 hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is designed for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts, preparing them to care for injuries and illness in remote, challenging environments.

Aerie's nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses address injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term patient management, improvised splint and litter construction, and environmental emergencies while stressing the thought processes unique to caring for patients in remote environments. Our instructors are professional care providers with many years of outdoor leadership experience. Students also receive adult CPR certification.

-Aerie Backcountry Medicine Website

THE VAN: Our 15-passenger vans are rented anew every year and have passed vehicle safety inspections. All passengers, including campers and guides, are required to wear seatbelts any time the van is moving. All She-Wolf trip leaders hold official driver’s licenses and have behind-the-wheel driving practice in the van before camp starts.  

SAFETY EQUIPMENT: We use up-to-date, certified, activity-specific helmets for any activity where there is a possibility of impact. We contract with professional guiding companies who use appropriate and up-to-date safety gear when rock climbing and working with horses. 

WE CARRY WITH US on all activities:

  • Camper health forms

  • A fully stocked backcountry first aid kit

  • Up-to-date maps specific to the area we are in, compasses, and the skills to use them.

  • A satellite communication device for emergency purposes. This allows us to quickly and directly communicate with emergency services anytime we are outside cell phone range.

WILDFIRE: In recent years, all of us living in rural areas in the Northwest have paid attention to the growing risk of wildfire in our drying climate. She-Wolf is dedicated to the education of ourselves and our campers, and careful assessment of risk concerning wildfire. Before and during our trip we keep in close contact with fire departments in the areas we will hike and camp in. For this reason, camp itineraries are always subject to change based on our assessment of safety in the areas we travel in.