Educators Gather in North Carolina
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. - October 20, 1998--Some of the nation's
leading experts in wilderness adventure programing and outdoor
safety will be gathering here Oct. 23-25 for the 1998 Wilderness
Risk Management Conference.
The conference, which is hosted by the National Outdoor Leadership
School, Outward Bound USA, and the Student Conservation Association
will present information on field and medical issues, legal and
ethical issues, and management issues in adventure-based wilderness
programming. The conference is sponsored by the Wilderness
Risk Managers Committee, a national consortium of outdoor
schools, organizations and land management agencies that promote
human powered use of wilderness. The keynote speaker is John Graham,
author of Outdoor Leadership and the executive director
of The Giraffe Project.
The event will be an opportunity to learn
from experts in recreation management. To
date, the conference has over 200 registrants
from across the country. They represent university
and private outdoor programs, outfitters,
youth programs, and city and county risk
The conference will be an opportunity to
share field and administrative techniques
in risk management and discuss risk management
standards in the wilderness adventure industry.
There will also be optional one-day pre-conference
clinics for whitewater, sea kayak, and rock
climbing rescue, among others.
In 1994, NOLS coordinated the first wilderness
risk managers conference, held at the school's
Pacific Northwest branch in Conway, Wash.
Since that time, nearly 1,000 people representing
375 organizations have attended the event.
Founded in 1965 by mountaineer and educator
Paul Petzoldt, NOLS is the recognized leader
in wilderness education. As a private non-profit
school, NOLS operates wilderness field expeditions
around the world. Students are taught wilderness
skills and safety, practical conservation,
and leadership. The school's alumni total
over 40,000 graduates worldwide. NOLS' international
headquarters is in Lander, Wyo., and the
school runs 14 to 95-day courses from eight
branches: Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest,
Southwest, Alaska, Yukon, Mexico, Patagonia
(Chile), and .
The conference will be held at the YMCA
Blue Ridge Assembly and is the fifth annual
conference; each year the conference is held
in a different location to assemble fresh
ideas from the various regions.
National Outdoor Leadership School