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A Message to the WRMC Community:

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our communities, families, businesses, and daily routines. The situation is evolving at an astounding rate. In outdoor program parlance, we’re off the edge of our maps and the weather is changing fast. 

Fortunately, our community of outdoor professionals is well-positioned to navigate in this rapidly changing landscape.

  • We know that connection supports our health in all kinds of ways, and that the WRMC community has helped many of us persevere through daunting challenges before. Anything we can do to stay connected in these uncertain times will serve us well in the short and long-term. The WRMC community facebook page is one place to do that. 
  • Outdoor professionals know the importance of attending to small details--it matters if the batteries are fresh, if we’ve waterproofed the important stuff, if our hands are washed.
  • We have all functioned in adversity and have practiced making decisions with limited information. We know that recognizing the unknowns is valuable, fearing them less so.
  • We know that attitude is a choice, though the situation is not.

We are all on this expedition together. Over the coming months, the WRMC leadership team, in close consultation with public health experts, will continue monitoring and assessing the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on travel, health, and event planning. 

Rest assured, planning for this October’s WRMC in Burlington, Vermont continues. The Steering Committee is currently reviewing conference proposals and putting together an exceptional educational agenda. If it becomes necessary to modify any aspect of this year’s conference, we commit to being both transparent about our decisions and timely with our communications. 

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience, and positivity as we all navigate through this challenging time.

Facing Challenges Together

Mark your calendar for the 27th annual conference in Burlington, Vermont, October 28-30, 2020.

The core objective of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help you mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places. 

Attend the WRMC to gain practical risk management skills, network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for the outdoor adventure and education industries.

The WRMC is a collaboration between Outward Bound USA, the Student Conservation Association, and NOLS, in partnership with the WRMC Steering Committee.


2020 Adventure Risk Research Symposium

We are pleased to announce the second annual Adventure Risk Research Symposium held in conjunction with the 2020 WRMC. The symposium will be structured as a one day pre-conference workshop on October 28th hosted and chaired by Dr. Clare Dallat and Dr. Jeff Jackson. The symposium aims to connect researchers and share findings with the WRMC community to promote future collaboration. Authors are encouraged to submit any previously unpublished paper in any way related to wilderness or adventure risk/safety research. Papers are due April 29th. For more information and paper submission guidelines, go to AdventureRiskResearchSymposium.blogspot.com.

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