Trip Number: 13871A
Price: $325 (includes lodging) / $225 (instruction only)
Staff: Sascha Paris
- Class starts Saturday, May 4 at 8:00am. Food and lodging start Friday, May
3 with dinner.
- Monday, May 6 at 5pm. The last meal included is Monday lunch.
- $325 for instruction, training materials, food and lodging starting with dinner Friday, May
3 and ending with lunch Monday, May 6.
$225 for instruction only. Click here to learn about an instruction-only rates for local residents.
This is a 24-hour Wilderness First Responder Recertification
course for current Wilderness First Responders (WFR) who
need to recertify and refresh their skills. This class will
provide three full days of review and scenarios and will be
taught by Bobbie Foster, of Foster Calm -First Aid and
Leadership Trainings (contracted by the Sierra Club). While
prior CPR certification is preferred, it is not required.
- Any current WFR students (WFR or WFR
recertification class within the last 4
years) may take this class for
recertification regardless of whether their
original certificate is from Foster Calm,
WMI, WMA, SOLO or other providers.
- Upon successful completion of this
course you will receive a 3-year WFR
certification from Foster Calm. This course
DOES NOT include CPR.
What To Expect
- This will be a long and full weekend with both lecture-style
instruction and scenario-based hands-on learning. Class will run
on Saturday through Monday, 8am-5pm (including night sessions
Saturday and Sunday after dinner). Workshop attendees will need
to stay on site both Saturday and Sunday evenings due to the
- Meals start with dinner Friday night and end Monday with
lunch (instruction ends at 5pm Monday). Meal times are as
follows: bag lunch preparation at 7am, breakfast at 7:30, lunch
around noon and dinner at 6pm.
- Homework: You will be sent handouts 3-4 weeks before the
course. It is expected that you read the material and complete
the homework assignments prior to your arrival. Your weekend
learning experience will greatly benefit from prior studying.
Bring these completed assignments with you to the course.
- This course will be referencing “The Wilderness First
Responder” by Buck Tilton. If you do not already have this text,
it is recommended you acquire it prior to the course.
Portions of the day will be outside, regardless of weather, so
bring appropriate clothing for early May weather in the Sierra.
- A written test will be given on Sunday. You must pass to
receive your certification. Upon successful completion of the
written test and attendance the entire weekend, you will receive
a Foster Calm certification.
- Saturday: 8am-5:00 pm with a session after dinner.
- Sunday: 8am-5pm with a session after dinner.
- Monday: 8am-5pm
You may register for a training event in any of the following ways:
Sign me up now!
(credit card required)
Please note: Online registration uses
the National Outings reservation system. Once registered, you're confirmed.
On step seven, please disregard the pending participant approval
and the cancellation policy.
By Phone - Call 415-977-5522 (8:30-5, PST, M-F). Please have your credit card information ready.
(credit card required)
- By Mail - Please send check, money order, or completed credit card information to: Outings Training 85 2nd Street 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94105
- After you've registered
You will be sent a confirmation packet (including confirmation letter,
workshop overview, training approval form, and medical form) immediately after registering.
Approximately one month
prior to the workshop you will be sent final details including
driving directions, a ride share list, and a packing list.
Time of Cancellation
Cancellation fee per person
|60 or more days prior to training start date
||Amount of deposit
|14-59 days prior to training start date
||50% of training fee
|0-13 days prior to training start date
||Entire training fee
|"No-show" at the starting point, or you
leave during the training
||Entire training fee
- Instruction-Only Rate: If you live
locally and would prefer to stay at home and provide your own meals, you
can register and pay the instruction/materials-only rate of $325 by
Clair Tappaan Lodge is a rustic mountain lodge nestled in the Sierra Nevada
of California at the top of Donner Pass. Built by Sierra Club volunteers in the
1930s, the lodge is an excellent home base for year-round recreation. The
friendly, casual atmosphere and affordable nightly rates (including family-style
meals) make the Lodge the perfect rustic getaway to the Tahoe/Donner area.
Clair Tappaan is the Sierra Club's flagship lodge, with a wide-variety of
programs that support sustainable practices and the Sierra Club's mission to
"explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth." At the Lodge, we
strive to increase awareness of the environment, foster a sense of community,
increase the spirit of volunteerism, and nurture eco-conscious conduct.
All accommodations are in bunk beds equipped with mattresses (bring your own
sleeping bag or bedding) in a variety of bunk-rooms in the lodge. Restroom and
shower facilities are shared, with two men's and two women's bathrooms.
- Guests are asked to choose a house chore to do each day they eat at the
- Doors to the rooms do not lock; we do have lockers. If you wish to lock
up valuables, you can bring your own lock or rent one from the lodge office.
- Phone messages for guests are posted periodically in the lobby area.
- No pets of any species (except seeing-eye dogs) are allowed to stay at
- From the road/parking lot to the lodge there is an uphill path about 100
yards long. In the winter it can be snowy/icy, and in the summer it can be
rocky. Therefore, a good pair of hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes is
advisable. A flashlight can be handy if you plan to arrive at night.
- Reservations for extended stays before or after the course can be made
by calling the lodge directly at 530-426-3632 or 800-679-6775.
- A hearty breakfast and dinner are prepared each day and are served in
the lodge's large, communal dining room. Brown bag lunch pro-visions are
available for guests to take with them each day.
- A vegetarian meal option is always available, and participants with
other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated, provided that their
trip leader is informed in advance.
- Because the lodge is an old building, constructed of wood and shingles,
no smoking is allowed, either in the building or on the surrounding trails.
During the trip, you can be reached at the lodge: 530-426-3632. The answering
machine is checked daily, and messages are posted on a board outside the lodge
Workshop Location and Directions
Directions supplied by the local hosting chapter. The OATP does not take responsibility for their accuracy.
Please refer to a map to confirm directions.
Clair Tappaan is located at 19940 Donner Pass Rd, 7000 feet in California's
Sierra Nevada. It's 45 minutes west of Reno and one and a half hours drive east
of Sacramento just off of Interstate 80. From eastbound I-80, take the exit for
Soda Springs/Norden and go 2.4 miles east on Donner Pass road. Look for our sign
slightly up the hill on your left and the wide footpath leading up to the Lodge.
Parking is available on either side of the road.
What To Bring
Foster Calm will be providing a majority of the materials for the scenarios
such as bandaging, splinting and padding materials, tents, sleeping bags and
pads. To make the scenarios as relevant to the types of trips you lead, do
consider bringing those items you would normally bring such as emergency
blankets, ten-essentials, etc.
Be prepared for evening temperatures in the low 30s and days in the mid to
high 50s, as well as probable snow and/or sun glare. Bunks are equipped with a
mattress. The lodge can be drafty, so dress in layers for classroom sessions.
For staying at the lodge:
- Personal toiletries, towel, shower shoes and earplugs (if a light
- Watch or alarm clock for waking up and keeping to the schedule
- Bedding (sleeping bag or comparable
linens) and bathing suit if they wish to use the hot tub
- Camp chair or lawn chair -- You'll be much more comfortable if you
provide your own seating for the sessions. Otherwise expect to sit on
standard "camp" chairs.
- Cup or insulated mug for hot drinks and a water bottle
- Your copy of your WFR book (from your WFR class).
- Your completed homework assignments.
- Small flashlight for checking pupils.
- Watch for taking vitals and pen for taking notes.
- Comfortable old clothes to wear that are durable (and not so
nice). These may get dirty or stained. Bring clothes that are
appropriate for outdoor sessions.
- Again, we will be running sessions outdoors rain or shine.
You should be prepared for cold or heat, sun or rain or snow,
- Sturdy shoes: hiking boots best.
- Backpack or daypack to carry supplies (we won't be
- Water bottle for drinking and irrigating/cleaning wounds.
- Flashlight or headlamp for night sessions.
For outside sessions:
Consider bringing your daypack with the things you typically hike with. This
will help you improvise with the tools you already carry with you. These can
include: emergency blanket, tarps, splinting materials (ski poles, walking
sticks, old tent poles), etc. No cotton for outdoor-wear as we will most likely
be in snow situations.
- Ground pad to lay on, kneel on during skills practices.
- Notebook or paper for taking notes.
- Scissors to cut clothes - must be blunt paramedic shear type
(only if you already have these).
- CPR resuscitation mask (only if you already have one).
- Stove and fuel for heating water, etc (only if you have
- Anything else that you think might be helpful for first aid
- emergency blanket, tarps, splinting materials (ski poles,
walking sticks, and old tent poles), etc.
- Old clothes that can get bloody and cut up (and then thrown
out, again, only if you have these).