I don't think there are words to describe the experience that we had Thursday. The day started out like others that week, however our first scenario made everyone's heart race and was truly one where we had to check our own pulse before checking our patients...as this one was actually rescuing one of our team from submersion in the freezing cold water of the pond!! Those brave souls really helped us to learn and practice taking care of a hypothermic (or potentially hypothermic) patient. After a couple more scenarios for the morning (of course all on steep terrain and with new challenges and new injuries) we were given a break for lunch. Soon after our search and rescue expert arrived and started our SAR training. Halfway through we were able to go outside to watch as a medical helicopter landed in the landing zone set up on our property, and then we experienced what it might be like to load a patient into that helicopter and give a sign-off to the crew! Pretty wicked! The end of our afternoon finished our SAR training and over the next couple hours we had dinner and prepared for our night mission. Our group was split in two and we were given specific roles for the search and rescue mission that night. Without giving away too many details (don't want to spoil the fun for the future elective students), lets just say that night our teams were pushed to the limit physically and mentally. We had to really work together as a team, taking care of multiple patients and using our special talents to evacuate them from a not-so-accessible area (to say the least!). We were all very sore and tired after a very long day, but that didn't stop us from celebrating the end of our time with three instructors that most (if not all) of us can say became not just amazing teachers, but amazing friends. They will be sorely missed from camp. Friday we said our goodbyes, and had the rest of the day off. Needless to say, because of the exhausting, late night previously and the early next day, most of us decided on a rather chill evening. Saturday was a totally free day, and for those of us that could not get back home to spend Valentines with our families, most people decided to explore in and around camp. Four of us, including myself, went on a 10 mile hike with the local neighbor's dog (Precious/Betty). Some went into town to check out the local sights, and others recovered at the lodge (much needed given the prior week). We have one more day off, and then up for more Wilderness Med fun starting Monday!!