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. Olivia holds a current certification as a Wilderness EMT and Shannon has a current Wilderness First Responder* certificate.

*What is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR)? 

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. 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 and GPS 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 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.