Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute Inc. is proud to bring Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) and American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In partnership with Central Wyoming College-Jackson (CWC), JHOLI provides course work and certification for students wishing to attain college credits, and for those who simply want to know more and be better prepared for backcountry travel and recreation.
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Currently, I am an Adjunct Faculty member at Central Wyoming College and Northern Vermont University, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 & 2 Course Leader and Instructor & Pro Trainer, American Mountain Guides (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), State of Wyoming EMS Coordinator, Evaluator & Instructor, American Heart Association Instructor and American Red Cross Instructor.
I support the interests of education through my involvement as a member of the Education Review Committee for the American Avalanche Association and Advisory Board Member for AIARE. In my free time you can find me sliding on the snow, running over the dirt and scrambling over the rocks in the Tetons.
Please feel free to contact me for consulting in any of my areas of expertise.
Senior Medical Instructor
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I grew up climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, fly-fishing and working on the family ranch. After attending college in Arizona I decided to return to Wyoming to work in the outdoors. Realizing I had a passion for outdoor and experiential education I became a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in 2010 and have had the opportunity to work in remote areas around the world.
I am currently an instructor for Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute (JHOLI), a Field Instructor for NOLS (teaching backpacking, winter backcountry, and lightweight backpacking courses), a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), and a Team member on Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR). Passions include drinking large amounts of coffee, trail running, mountain biking, backcountry skiing or anything else that keeps me in motion. When not in the mountains, you can find me with my wife passing on our passion for all things Wyoming on to our child.
I initially moved to Jackson the day after graduating high school to work in Grand Teton National Park. I then began splitting my time between Alaska and Jackson for the summers and winter, while going to university during the spring and fall seasons. My friends finally convinced me to try Jackson year round. Other than the temporary relocating to the French Alps twice and Canada once (remember that travel bug?) Jackson has truly been my home for my adult life.
I have worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, a volunteer climbing ranger on Denali, as an Urban and Wilderness EMT, a ski patroller, ski instructor, and as a ski, backpacking and wildlife tour guide. I am also a 20 year volunteer on Teton County Search and Rescue. In the summer you can find me climbing, hiking, biking, and the occasionally backpack trip.
I enjoys skiing, snowboarding, biking, fly fishing, river sports, and just about anything outside with friends!
Dr. Will Smith, MD, Paramedic, FAWM
Dr. Smith also serves as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. LTC Smith has practiced medicine around the world on 6 continents, from the ‘Baghdad ER’ to Easter Island. His combat experience combined with his pre-hospital EMS experience as a Paramedic, and his technical Search and Rescue skills have lead to numerous speaking engagements at Wilderness and EMS conferences/seminars around the world.
Dr. Smith has also been appointed to several national committees (American Heart Association), authored numerous book chapters and consensus guidelines on Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and serves as a Subject Matter Expert for DARPA. He has founded and runs Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Consulting (WEMC), LLC. More information can be found at www.wildernessdoc.com
Dr. A. J. Wheeler, MD, FAWM, DiMM
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Dr. Wheeler is Co-Medical Director and active member of Teton County Search and Rescue and Co-Medical Director of Grand Teton National Park EMS and Bridger Teton National Forest. Dr. Wheeler also works actively with Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and Grand Targhee Ski Patrol whose medical direction is obtained through his Emergency Medicine Group.
He also is associate faculty at the University of Utah and works closely with the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship there to provide an experience in Search and Rescue and Research into Wilderness Medicine.
AIARE Course Leader
Medical Instructor - EMT
Since then, I have worked in three very different jobs—as a professional ski patroller at Snow King Mountain Resort, a Firefighter/EMT-Basic with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, and a home-care provider for private clients—each of which represents an important facet of healthcare services in my community.