Monthly Archives: May 2011

Why I Took the Wilderness First Responder Class

Marissa Aurora Clair Tappan Lodge studying

The Wilderness First Responder course, or WFR (pronounced “woofer”), is known in outdoor circles as the best backcountry first aid training for people not intending to become EMTs or professional rescuers. It is similar to how many ski patrol personnel are trained at resorts.   Since I’m going to be… Read On

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SpokenCoast Fundraiser June 4th!

Spice Monkey Restaurant Oakland

Dear Faithful Followers,   I’m excited to announce that the project will host a fundraiser at The Spice Monkey Restaurant in Oakland, on June 4th!  There will be a silent auction, an open mic, and food & soft drinks. Time is 1-4PM.   Please come join me to celebrate my… Read On

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Video blog: Rainier pushback

I chose the Ahmad Jamal track “Snowfall” for this vBlog because after my initial excitement about being outside all day, I looked out the window & it was snowing… Thankfully it cleared up before we had our practice sessions outside, and we were actually roasting in the sun.

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Wheelie bag donation request

Toyota Tacoma cracked blinker light

My body feels much like the cracked plastic of my truck’s blinker light this morning. At least I could easily buy the truck part & replace it. Not so much with my shoulder & neck.   Things were going along well enough these last days with aches & pains, but… Read On

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Video blog: WFR fatigue & overcoming fear

The SpokenCoast Project: Video Blog 22May11 from The SpokenCoast Project on Vimeo.

Doubts, dread, fear, oh, my! All this & more with another check in while at Clair Tappan Lodge for 10 days to complete the Wilderness First Responder class. Honestly, life is good, but when your body doesn’t feel well, you make videos like this...

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Video blog: Training Run — Day ?

The SpokenCoast Project: Training Run 28Apr11 from The SpokenCoast Project on Vimeo.

Here’s a video blog from back in April after a training run. It shows my mood & thoughts as I’m about to leave my apartment. It was a big step towards my trip launch. Enjoy!

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Video blog: Injury & Shasta

The SpokenCoast Project: Video Blog 20May11 from The SpokenCoast Project on Vimeo.

Took some video thoughts from Friday when I arrived at Clair Tappan lodge for the Wilderness First Responder class. It’s been an intense but great class so far. But, the first several days were overshadowed by physical discomfort, and worry about how the project would launch given my physical condition. Watch the video for more...

   

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Bodies don’t lie…

Clair Tappan Lodge Donner Pass WFR

Made it up to the Clair Tappan lodge today for the Wilderness First Responder course with the Sierra Club.  I wanted to take this course before leaving on the trip so I felt better prepared for a wilderness emergency.  You can never have too many backcountry skills, I’ve found. With… Read On

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Video: Geena the Pickup gets a bath!

Geena gets a bath! (And other stuff) - 19May11 from The SpokenCoast Project on Vimeo.

Completely overhauled my pickup, Geena, before leaving for the WFR course. It was filthy to the core... My rates are reasonable if you need some auto detailing. :)

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Video: Geena gets Christened!

Geena Gets Christened (Or How Priscilla & Geena Meet) - 19May11 from The SpokenCoast Project on Vimeo.

Here's The SpokenCoast version of smashing a bottle of champagne on a ship bow. Instead of champagne, it's furry pink animal bondage. Not as easy as you think, but still fun - check it!

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