47 Minutes in Hell & Heaven

The Setting On a recent trip to the great state of Colorado, I had the opportunity to get outside every day in pretty spectacular settings. Walking, running, hiking and skiing (and occasionally falling on my ass) in the slightly less oxygenated mountains of CO proved to be exactly what this doctor ordered. Superlatives came in the hundreds…

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Wilderness Medicine Education is Alive and Well

Early this morning, I turned on the John Denver station on Pandora to keep me company and inspired as I caught up on life and emails and updated a talk on Wilderness Medicine (WM) I gave to medical students today. Reviewing the slides  for this “Overview of WM” took me on a sweet stroll down memory lane into how I landed in this wild niche of…

Prescription for Death

He was one of my closest friends growing up. He was super smart, fun and funny, insanely talented musically, very friendly and generous. He opened my ears to beautiful music I’d never heard, my eyes to books I’d never considered reading, and my mind to travel and exploring things beyond my backyard. We spent years…

Whatever Happened to that NYC Doctor who Got Ebola?

Emergency Medicine residency training, an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and years of practicing medicine in Africa prior to the fall of 2014 prepared long-time Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) member Dr. Craig Spencer, to be part of the international emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014. While we watched the epidemic…

Wild World

Outdoor Life in SoCal For the outdoor enthusiast, San Diego is arguably the greatest city in the U.S. Within San Diego County, you can hike up trails taking you above 5,000 ft elevation requiring snowshoes, and in the same day, take a sunset stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) or kayak in fairly temperate Pacific waters, finishing up with some fantastic grub fit…