MESSAGE FROM NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE & CROSSING LATITUDES
July 1, 2020
Wilderness First Aid courses are booking well and we are back in business again late summer and fall.
In these COVID-19 times our practices have changed a little bit. Minimizing risk of infection has always been part of a NOLS Wilderness Medicine course. For example we have always used gloves in our scenarios. Now we will focus even more on hygiene but the risk can not be eliminated 100%. We ask all our participants to help us out.
Here is a a new NOLS document that we ask you to read. NOLS COVID-19 Disclosure, Practices and Expectations for Students.
Here is a 3 minute long video about what you can expect on one of our courses.
Please watch the video and email us if you have any questions.
We continue to hope you are doing as well as you can in these uncertain times. Hopefully, you are able to stay connected even with the physical distancing recommendations. Some of you live with strict guidelines and others with looser guidelines. For those of you that are working on the front lines thank you and please be safe.
As you know we have cancelled many courses around the world but new courses are booked for the fall.
On the NOLS Webpage (https://www.nols.edu/en/) you can find the Blog with topics like Skills, First Aid, Food & Gear, Risk Management, Events, Stories, Leadership and Stewardship.
On the NOLS Wilderness Medicine page (https://www.nols.edu/en/wilderness-medicine/resources/) you can find case studies, quizzes, skills videos – keep your skills sharp!
We will continue to update our course schedule and our curriculum in regards to patient assessments, patient contact, Personal Protective Equipment, etc. based on recommendations from groups both local, national and international organizations like WHO.
If your NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification expired/expires between March/13/2019 and September/12/2020 we are automatically adding nine months to your certification length. Your twelve-month re-entry period begins at the end of your new expiration date. More info on NOLS recertification page.
Take good care of yourself and those close to you, embrace the uncertainty, and be grateful for what is going well in the moment. We look forward to seeing you on a Crossing Latitudes sponsored NOLS Wilderness Medicine course in the future.
Lena Conlan / Crossing Latitudes
OLD NEWS … but oh so fun!
In 2019 Crossing Latitudes sponsored / hosted 32 NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in Europe and Nepal (compared to 22 courses in 2018). We had over 500 participants and of those about 325 folks were taught in Swedish, 185 in English and 10 folks were taught in Finnish. We also hosted 3 courses in Montana, USA.
In 2020 our team will be: Lena Conlan, Elias Sjöberg, Roope Roine, Malin Thomasson, Fred Södergran, Xuan Ming Ng and Eva Söderström – all trained by NOLS Wilderness Medicine in USA.
NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in Europe are more then learning first aid … We have participants from all over the world making it a unique experience. We have folks from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, China, Hungary, Czeck Republic, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Russia, Nepal, Slovenia …
For NOLS Wilderness Medicine First Aid courses in Bozeman, USA, Sweden or all over the world please visit NOLS Wilderness Medicine course schedule.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: If you are keen on an adventure in the future … We have lots of friends in the great Outdoor Industry and would love to pass you along. Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway – Sea Kayaking in Croatia – Skiing in Sarek National Park, Sweden – Dog sledding in the far north of Sweden – Treks in undisturbed forest and simple living in Dalarna, Sweden – Climbing Kilimanjaro – Penguin research in Antarctica … contact us – we have friends all over the wild world!
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Events 2020 …
We hope to see you at an Outdoor Expo in the fall. Because of COVID-19 many Expos have been cancelled. Crossing Latitudes and NOLS will have a booth at the Askersund Outdoor Festival October 2-4, 2020. Join us there!
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES 2020: If you are keen on an adventure in the future … contact Roope Roine – our NOLS Wilderness Medicine staff member who offers trips and expeditions all over the world thru his company MOLN
Crossing Latitudes does not offer scheduled Trips and Expeditions in Sweden any more but please contact us and we will help you connect with other Outdoor companies we trust in Scandinavia.
The Royal Kingdom of Sweden
Sweden is known for Volvo, Saab, Absolute Vodka, Ingmar Bergman and the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. We are proud of all this, but more so we treasure our incredible forests, our vast archipelagos and our pristine glaciated mountains. Clean air, beautiful historic cities, friendly people and strong traditions are a few things people link with Sweden.
Crossing Latitudes used to offer sea kayaking Inn Trips along the west coast of Sweden in the Bohuslän (Bo-hoos-lan) Archipelago. This coastline contains thousands of islands and skerries with a myriad of pelagic birds, seals and picturesque fishing villages – making it a sea kayaking paradise! Let us help you connect with friends who can take you on a camping expedition where a new island becomes your home each night or an Inn Trip where you stay at a Guesthouse and just do day trips.
In the far north, above the Arctic Circle you can enjoy Mountain Treks with reindeer. In the region known as Lappland, live the traditional reindeer herding people known as the Saami. Together with the Saami and their reindeer (used as pack animals) you can hike and experience the Saami lifestyle in this unspoiled wilderness.
In the winter you can join the Saami during the Reindeer migration. If reindeer isn’t your thing … but you are a skier then join a hut-to-hut trip in the High Country of Sweden. We have lots of friends offering Reindeer treks, Dog sledding adventures or winter Ski expeditions. Please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossing Latitudes does not offer any trips and expeditions in Norway any more but …
Norway – Land of Vikings and Trolls
Norway is home to Trolls and Vikings, cross country skiers, great composers and artists. Norway is also the home of such successful explorers as Nansen, Amundsen and Heyerdahl. Their exploratory feats offer inspiration as we paddle the fjords and coastal islands of the Norwegian Sea.
Some of our favorite areas were the Lofoten Islands, the Salten Coast and the Vesterålen Islands. They are all characterized by steep and rugged mountains, deep fjords, great fishing and white sandy beaches. These sparsely populated areas are also home to some of Norway’s largest pelagic bird colonies.
Our Lofoten Multi Adventure Trip was always a favorite. This area is for people of all ages who want to enjoy a variety of cultural and outdoor activities such as bird watching, day hiking, sea kayaking day trips, fishing and visiting local museums and historic sites. We stayed in comfortable guesthouses or rorbus (traditional fishermen cabins) and enjoy the cuisine at local restaurants.
In central Norway lies the Jotunheimen National Park. Jotunheimen, which means the “Home of the Giants”, contains some of the highest peaks in northern Europe. Hoist your pack and go hiking through the most spectacular mountain range in Scandinavia!
Crossing Latitudes doesn’t offer scheduled Trips and Expeditions any more but please contact us and we will be glad to help you connect with other Outdoor companies we trust. If you are interested in a trip in Norway you can also contact MOLN in Finland. Moln is owned and operated by Roope Roine – one of our NOLS Wilderness Medicine staff members.
Sweden, Norway, Greece, Greenland, Kilimanjaro and Beyond …
Crossing Latitudes has offered Sea Kayaking Trips in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Mexico, Honduras, Alaska, Greenland, Greece and Croatia. Our days of leading trips are over but we can connect you with friends in the Outdoor industry who we trust can create a fun and safe trip.
If you are interested in an outdoor adventure please contact MOLN in Finland. Moln is owned and operated by Roope Roine – our NOLS Wilderness Medicine staff member. Roope offers great trips all over the world!
Don’t hesitate to email us and ask about places to go!