Melis Coady has been an instructor since 2002. Often she can be found jet-lagging for NOLS Wilderness Medicine to teach Wilderness First Responder courses all over the world. Her wilderness medical experience varies widely from time served on a volunteer rural ambulance squad, as a mountaineering guide, and on search and rescue teams. Her favorite NOLS Wilderness Medicine moment was summiting Kilimanjaro with fellow NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor Mark Crawford after performing a day of medical scenarios on the mountain with local guides. "We brought beers to the roof of Africa to celebrate our ascent and ended up spitting them out because the diamox made them taste so lousy!" She lives in a tiny cabin (8x10) in Talkeetna, Alaska.