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The best in wilderness therapy

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At Legacy Outdoor Adventures, we take whatever steps necessary to ensure the physical and emotional safety of our clients and employees.  Our field guides are experienced wilderness professionals who hold the safety and well-being of our clients as their first priority.  All instructors are CPR and First Aid certified.  There is always at least one Wilderness First Responder with each of our field groups.  We have a full time EMT on staff that spends several days per week in the field with clients.  Our Medical Director, Dr. Keith Hooker, is an emergency room doctor who is well known and highly respected in the Outdoor Treatment industry. 

The physical and emotional safety of our clients and employees is our number one priority.

Clients undergo a physical exam and lab work before entering the field.

Clients are outfitted with state of the art equipment and gear designed for functionality and safety.

Weekly field medical checks by an EMT.

Permanent field operations base with yurt.

Staff are screened and background checked.

Mobile tent and heated shelter capability during severe weather events.

All staff are First Aid and CPR certified. Each staff team includes at least one Wilderness First Responder.

New clients are monitored carefully during three day acclimatization period. This period is lengthened if necessary and activities adjusted.

Instructors receive regular training in crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.

Student to staff ratio never exceeds 4 : 1.

Our Medical Director is an Emergency Room doctor with over twenty year’s experience in wilderness therapy.

We utilize a state of the art radio/fiber-optic communications network to maintain two way contact with groups.

GPS/two-way text enabled satellite phones serve as a redundant communications system.

Radios and phones are monitored 24/7 by home-base support personnel.

Well trained and fully capable Emergency Response Team (ERT).

ERT is coordinated with local law enforcement and emergency medical services.

Redundant helicopter evacuation options are pre-coordinated in case of medical emergencies.

Twice daily radio/satellite phone call-ins include location, activity, status of group, and any concerns with clients. 

Real-time 24 hour GPS tracking of groups.

Clients eat a high quality diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy meats.  Complete protein vegetarian meals are also staples.

Employees are encouraged and supported in attending ongoing training in risk management, emergency response, and medical training.

 OBHIC has an ongoing project to collect data about risk in the wilderness.  Here is a publication they produced about their findings based on the data about the risk of wilderness programs.

See the link below the abstract to read the entire article on the four year data set and their findings.  

Risk in the Wilderness

Parents considering enrolling their child into an outdoor behavioral healthcare program oftentimes are concerned that wilderness living puts their child at more risk than they would be in if they were in a more urban setting. OBHIC initiated a comparison research project to determine if this assumption was correct, it was not. Here are some of the statistics from that research:

Outdoor behavioral healthcare programs average injury rates are 1.12 per 1,000 participant days compared with:

  • Wilderness Therapay Program  1.12

  • Backpacking 2.05

  • Downhill Skiing 3.28

  • Football Practice 19.74

Our focus on best practices has resulted in a 25 percent decrease in the number of incidents of injury and illnesses at our member programs despite a nearly three-fold increase in client days. We continue to track this information and our data compilation and analysis is now being done by Dr. Keith Russell at Western Washington University. To learn more: Incident monitoring in outdoor behavioral healthcare programs: A four-year summary of restraint, runaway, injury and illness rates. Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. 1(1), 70-90. Russell, K. C. & Harper, N. (2006).