Why Wilderness 1st: Sasha Cox of Trail Mavens

We’re raising awareness about learning important skills to care for yourself or others who may become ill or injured in the outdoors by spotlighting members of our community who have earned their Wilderness First Aid Certification or higher!

Join us November 4-6 to earn your Wilderness First Aid + CPR Certification at historic Sturtevant Camp!

Sasha Cox, Founder of Trail Mavens, Wilderness First Responder

What inspired you to learn Wilderness First Aid? What was your favorite part of the experience?

I took my first Wilderness First Aid course during the process of founding Trail Mavens (a company I founded dedicated to drop-kicking the biggest barriers to entry keeping women from adventuring outdoors). Initially, I thought of it as a box to check on my way to professional guiding, but once I was actually in the course, my mind was blown. In particular, I realized how lucky I was! There were so many decisions I’d made and situations I’d been in that could have gone horribly wrong, and that I would have been totally unprepared to deal with. My certification empowered me with the skills to know what to do if any of those disaster scenarios came true, and I felt like a total badass.
The peace of mind I got was absolutely worth the investment of money and time.

Have you ever used your skills in the field? Tell us about it.

Fortunately, no! I try to keep my risk management training front of mind when I’m in the outdoors, which keeps me making decisions that mitigate the likelihood of accident. (Knock on wood.)


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