Friday closed out our first week of the wilderness elective, and it ended on a great note. The CEO of the Wilderness Medical Society himself, Loren Greenway, came to speak to us about safety and diving including an incident they had at one of their conferences where a diver met a catastrophic end that could have potentially been avoided. We also gained some useful knowledge from our infamous leader Erin Meyer, when she gracefully made the oh-so-sexy topics of chronic medical conditions and elderly in the wilderness come alive :). Friday ended with a bang, and along with continuing to prepare for our coming trip by going through all our gear and routes, we were able to break out the guitar songs, sit back and enjoy a futbol (soccer for us US folk) game, and get a little, but not too, rowdy :)!
Saturday was our first free day, and the group split up into numerous activities to spend the day. There was a large chunk that took advantage of the offer by our leadership to join in a beginner's scuba class. They went into town for the classroom version and then down to the pool to practice their skills (which from what I heard included underwater frisbee and rocket throwing)! Another group tested our their canoeing skills on the river right next to camp, and while those sitting in the front of the canoes said that felt rather easy and they'd love to do it again...I heard from good sources that those in the back of the boat had their work cut out for them. The group I was with took off for a great hike that ended in cliff row where we set up a few crash pads and proceeded to climb (and occasionally crash) on and off the bluffs. It was great fun, and nothing came back broken or bleeding (too bad)...so I count it a success! A group outing at a local brewery for dinner later, and we all hit bed a little early to prepare for Sunday's antics.