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Wilderness Medicine Courses

Get the skills before you need them!

Courses are hosted by Cottonwood Gulch and taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute.

80 hour Wilderness First Responder course – Please check back for future course dates.

at Bachechi Open Space in Albuquerque, NM

$750 tuition, $300 due upon registration

(Food and lodging are the participant’s responsibility)

WFR Recertification course – Cancelled. 

Please check back for future course dates.

Bachechi Open Space in Albuquerque, NM

$300 tuition – due upon registering (Food and lodging are the participant’s responsibility).

Wilderness First Aid course – Cancelled. 

Please check back for future course dates.

Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp in Thoreau, NM,

$225 due upon registration

Mountain Bike Training

Learn to guide and teach mountain biking!

Courses are hosted by Cottonwood Gulch and taught by Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP).

Bicycle Instructor Certification Program Level 1

Ride Guide and Fundamental Skills Instructor Training

This course with take place at our base camp:

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
659 Hwy 612 Thoreau, NM 87323

2021 dates coming soon

$475 tuition

Food and lodging(in a cabin or a spot to set up your tent) are available for an additional $75(as long as we get a minimum of 5 people)

For more info, contact Matt at wildclass@cottonwoodgulch.org

Single Pitch Instructor Course and Exam

Courses are hosted by Cottonwood Gulch and taught by American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Course Provider.

Single Pitch Instructor Course

This course will take place at our base camp and surrounding climbing areas:

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
659 Hwy 612 Thoreau, NM 87323

2021 dates coming soon

$495 tuition

Food, lodging (in a cabin or a spot to set up your tent), and transportation to and from Albuquerque are available for an additional $125. Food, lodging and transportation are highly recommended due to the remote nature of the Cottonwood Gulch basecamp. 

To read more about the course and exam, click here

For more info, contact Matt at wildclass@cottonwoodgulch.org

Single Pitch Instructor Exam

This exam will take place in the Jemez and Sandia Mountains:

2021 dates coming soon

$300 tuition

Food, camping equipment, and transportation during the exam are available for an additional $75. 

To read more about the course and exam, click here

For more info, contact Matt at wildclass@cottonwoodgulch.org