Sturdy Hiking boots, mid weight, lug-soled, above the ankle, waterproof and ideally well broken in Important note: Buy your boots 1/2 size to 1 size larger than your street shoes to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks (A)
Lightweight tennis shoes or Crocs®, for camp (or casual shoes for inn-based tours) (A)
Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of your trip, plus an extra pair to sleep in. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, or similar padded socks (wearing thin liner socks under your hiking socks is highly recommended). No cotton socks!! (A)
Sunhat or baseball cap and bandana (A)
Mosquito head net (A)
Warm hat and gloves, sherpa style hat and light-to-mid weight fleece or wool gloves (A)
Long underwear, one pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are light-to midweight, example materials include capilene, merino wool, polypropylene, etc. Note: doesn’t apply to Inn-based Tours. (A)
T-shirt or nylon travel shirt (A)
Warm top, mid-weight shirt, sweater or pullover, also wicking material such as merino wool, fleece or polypropylene (A)
Fleece jacket or insulated coat, warm, lightweight and packable fleece jacket or coat insulated with a synthetic material (A)
Nylon pants and shorts, or zip-offs (A)
Fleece pants (late August and September backpacking trips and Basecamp Trip only) (A)
Rainproof jacket and pant – Waterproof/breathable jacket and pant such as Gore-Tex® or coated nylon – with the pants look for side leg zippers or a style that will allow you to remove them without removing your boots (A)
On Inn-based and Basecamp Trips Only: a small duffel bag or backpack with extra hiking clothes and casual clothes.
On Basecamp Trip Only: towel and wash cloth
Water bottles or bladder, 2 liters total capacity (A)
"Matt and Andy were engaging, entertaining, and direct. I always felt prepared to put skills into practice, and understood the how/why for the strategies we used for each injury/illness. Melissa provided a lot of supplemental tips and tricks, especially during the hands on skills exercises. High intensity with low pressure really helped to make this a memorable and encouraging training."
Reviewed by Daniel Cook
"This is always a great experience! I liked the emphasis on skills and knowledge. I worried a bit that first-time students might have been overwhelmed by all of the information in this fast-paced course, but it was good for those of us who had taken it multiple times. One thing that you did for us years ago was something like a "speed scenario assessment." In about 30 minutes teams of 3 had to assess, evaluate, and make a plan for 6-8 different scenarios. This kind of concentrated practice was super helpful. I know we were short on time this year, but I think that is very helpful. Thanks for great preparation, terrific understanding, and superior teaching!"
Reviewed by David Wood
This is my third class with the awesome Matt May. This time, we were at a senior school so Matt styled the class on possible problems with students, allergies, falls, weather, all really good information. I cannot recommend Matt and 4 point highly enough. Every class I take I learn so much and my confidence and ability to deal with an emergency medical situation is renewed.
Reviewed by Spider Fawke
I really appreciate how well Matt knows the information that he is sharing with us, and that he seems so well informed that he can answer pretty much any question with authority. He is friendly and approachable, which makes it a less intimidating setting when learning all of this material. His crew was also super supportive and helpful as well, and their hands on approach was excellent!
Reviewed by Monica Furmanski
I am a veteran of the WFA course and 4Points always finds a way to keep the material interesting for those that have taken the class before. The course has a nice blend of hands-on and classroom time always leaving room for questions and discussion. Matt and his staff are knowledgeable, professional and clearly invested in their clients learning as much as possible to help make outdoor adventures fun and as safe as possible.
Reviewed by Wade Ransom
It was a great re-cap of the content and skills that I've been slowly learning for almost two decades. I now feel more confident than ever before that I could handle most back-country emergency situations professionally and effectively. It was a great course, and I'm happier than ever that I take it every two years.
Reviewed by John Swain