Safety is our number one concern. A large part of our training is focused entirely on safety and risk management. Our trip leaders hold advanced wilderness certifications and carry an extensive first aid kit for emergencies.

Comprehensive instruction is given to all students prior to every activity, and the equipment is inspected regularly to make sure it is in good working condition. We aim to teach our students a solid foundation in proper safety techniques so that they can build upon those skills rather than develop unsafe habits to be relearned later on. Emphasis on safety helps students develop a sense of awareness for the environment, which we think students will continue to apply long after the program is over.

When appropriate, to help minimize the risk and to provide the safest trip possible, we will use professional outfitters. On all international trips we will have local, bilingual staff members on hand 24/7 to assist with any language, cultural, or medical emergencies that may arise. Program directors are in constant contact throughout the program’s entirety.