During the winter of 2014, while working as a motorcycle mechanic and teaching wilderness medicine, I was hit by a car on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles. I walked away with minimal injury, but this caused me to think about another accident I had on a motorcycle…this one in a National Forest in North Carolina where I broke my leg and had to ride out to get help.
More thinking followed about accidents I’d seen or heard about in Baja, stories friends have told me about offs and crashes they’ve had or come upon, motorcycle wrecks I responded to as a firefighter/EMT and the list went on. Frequently when I hang out or travel with motor-sports friends, no one has medical training. And that seems crazy to me! We do high risk activities often in remote locations. When I started thinking about how to combine my passion for teaching and my love of everything with motors, Adventure Medical Training was born.
AMT is the pioneer in bringing high quality, wilderness-based medical training to the off-road, adventure and overland motor-sports community. To that end, we teach curriculum from the National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine Institute (NOLS WMI), one of the leaders in wilderness medicine education. We tailor scenarios and discussions towards the type of incidents and accidents that occur in our playgrounds.
Our instructors are professional educators, emergency medical care providers and motor-sport enthusiasts all rolled into one. Here is my short bio: I’ve been a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) since 1998, EMT off and on since 2000, currently on. I’ve spent the last 18 years in Outdoor Education as a trip leader and program manager, 12 of those full-time with Outward Bound. I’ve led rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, coastal canoeing, whitewater canoeing and wilderness medicine courses. I did a 2 year stint as a structural firefighter/emt, have been riding motorcycles since 2004 and have various levels of search and rescue, high angle, and swift-water rescue training. I volunteer occasionally as an EMT for Tough Mudder events, and have supported a Trophy Truck team in the Baja 1000 for several years.
Thanks for joining us, and we look forward to seeing you on course, and on the trail soon.
Adventure Medical Training