L.A.S.T. – Locate, Access, Stabilize, Transport
Design to complement SOLO Southeast’s existing medical courses by focusing on Locate, Access, and Transport elements – this is a great introduction to backcountry search and rescue.
This course is a 3-day intro to backcountry search and rescue open to current Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness EMTs. Students will learn navigation, low-angle rescue, high-angle rope techniques, and basic search and tracking skills. The course will conclude on the 3rd day with a large-scale rescue operation in the mountains of Western North Carolina near NOC’s main campus. Medical scenarios are included in this course, however, instruction focuses on the other elements of rescue.
What You’ll Learn
- Low-Angle Rescue
- High-Angle Rope Techniques
- Lost Person Behavior
Skills You’ll Acquire
- Basic Search and Tracking Skills
- Knot Tying
- Land Navigation with & without tools
- Map Reading
What to Expect
You will check in for your course at SOLO Southeast’s offices on Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus in Bryson City, NC at 8AM. Students can expect a mix of classroom time and hands-on skills practice with a significant portion of the course taking place outdoors. The final scenario will be a demanding 6+ hour rescue event.
- Expert SOLO Southeast Instructors
- Course Materials
NOC Provides the primary gear needed for each course.
Course participants should plan to have seasonally appropriate clothing as we will spend a significant amount of time outside. The following list is to supplement the clothing you will be wearing. If you have trouble locating some of these items please call us as we have a limited amount to loan.
Necessary Items (for All Classes)
- Backpack to put everything in (medium to large)
- Leather Gloves
- Hand Lamp
- Rain gear (tops and bottoms)
- Layers of clothing (for splinting exercises and to keep yourself warm during scenarios)
- Warm hat or sun hat
- Water bottles (at least 1 qt/liter)
- Some snacks
- Pen and notepad
- Wrist Watch (cell phone is not sufficient)
- Footwear appropriate to the terrain (closed toes, no flip flops)
- Insect repellent
(Optional for WFA, Required for AWFA, WFR, WEMT, WEMT Module)
- Old Sleeping bag or blanket
- Footwear you don’t mind getting wet
- Plastic tarp or groundsheet (min 6’X6’)
- Sleeping pad (ensolite or thermarest)
- Personal first aid kit (Band-Aids etc)
- Trekking poles (useful but not required)
- Harness (highly encouraged for L.A.S.T.)
- Climbing Helmet (highly encouraged for L.A.S.T.)
Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a WFR or WEMT Certification.