My third year at BOW. Was so thinking it was going to be a soggy, soggy weekend, but not at all!
Friday we arrived and it was cloudy, but that all cleared up after lunch for our first class.
This year I took Wilderness First Aid, Basic Map and Compass, Crossbow and Knots.
Wilderness first aid was very interesting.
It’s way different than usual CPR aid because it’s mostly just stabilizing someone and getting them out to a hospital. Also, there are a lot of things you *can’t* do, like give someone medication (even Tylenol) or you can’t do anything for them unless they give you permission. You can get their meds from a backpack or something for them, but you can’t tell them to take it. This is a non certified course. Apparently you can get actually certified for wilderness first aid, just like CPR.
We learned how to bandage and do a sling and swathe. Also ways to make splints from what you have on hand. Here is a duct tape and twig splint:
Duct tape – never leave home without it!
They said the best thing you can do is think outside the box to use whatever you have to make splints, dressings, waterproof items, etc.
We talked about building a small first aid kit to take based on what you will be doing, whether running, hiking, biking, skiing, etc.
My sister taught her class on deer hunting and I met up with her before dinner. You can always tell where her class is.
She uses fake blood to make a blood trail to teach people how to look for one to find your deer.
Lovely evening walk shots:
Saturday was map and compass. I had absolutely no clue about what to do with a compass other than to find north, which I am not even doing in this picture…
Now I get it! We learned how to translate from a map to a compass and how to translate from a visual point to the compass onto a map. We also learned how to correct for magnetic versus true north (very important or you end up off course).
While we were outside practicing finding points with the compass, the Hague Half Ironman started coming through (marathon part).
We cheered and clapped for anyone that ran by – and most of them seemed to love it 😀
Now I feel like I actually get use a compass and function with it. And I can read a map better as well. I know how to read a map, but we went over all the features of topographical maps, which is obviously a lot different than road maps. Now I can figure out if terrain ahead is going uphill or down and how to find a valley. Very cool class. Not that I do much in the way of hiking, but John and I do keep talking about it.
A few more lovely pictures from around Silver Bay.
Some good coffee.
I had to buy this in the little general store because the coffee served in the dining hall is swill. The rest of the food – very, very good. The coffee? I couldn’t finish my cup it was that bad. Different than past years. It comes out of a machine that mixes concentrate with hot water. Ewww?
Our classic chair:
More Lake George:
I love the lake!
Still have to talk about the other 2 classes, but there will be an AIM post coming up this Monday and then I will share the rest.