PA Wild

We will be building our 2022 e-Brochure over the next few months and hope to have most of it done by April 2022.

Feel free to check out our Archived e-Brochures from years past.

Martha Barrett, MD, MPH,FACEP, FAWM Candidate, Assistant Course Organizer

Martha's outdoor adventures began in the wilderness of upstate and western NY.  An environmental science fan from way back, she began her love affair with the outdoors with camping, backpacking and sport freshwater fishing with her parents in the Adirondack region.  Over the years, she has continued to backcountry camp and hike in various environments.  Recently, she's developed a new love of watersports,  and is currently exploring the worlds of ocean and whitewater kayaking, whitewater rafting, canoeing and paddleboarding.  Between adventures, she found time to become an emergency medicine physician and was thrilled to discover a place where she could dovetail her personal and professional interests!  Martha recently became certified as an Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider and is looking forward to her next explorations!  

(Photo: Rappelling in the shower, trying to be like Bowman)

Dani Beau, Survivalist, Adventure Guide

Dani grew up in the Pine Barrens of NJ and moved to Iceland in 2016 to obtain her MSc. in Environment and Natural Resource Management at the University of Iceland.  She is a Mountain, ATV, and Glacier Kayak guide for Icelandic Mountain Guides; as well as their Environmental Specialist overseeing the carbon neutralization of the company. 
In addition, Dani is an Instructor for ICESAR, the Icelandic Search and Rescue team; and a W-EMT with a passion for wilderness medicine and improvised backcountry skills.
Dani has a unique outlook on survival: being the only vegan to complete 2 of the Discovery Channel´s Naked and Afraid challenges: surviving a total of 61 days in the badlands of Colombia.  Her favorite wilderness skills include friction fire, cordage & basket weaving, snowhouse and shelter building, primitive bone & antler tools, and wilderness first aid.

Survival Experts

Ryan Holt, WFR, Survivalist, Maine Guide

A Maine native with a deep appreciation and love for the natural world. Having served 8 years in the Marine Corps Infantry from 2003-2011, Ryan found the self discovery he was searching for using nature as a healing tool. It began in the Spring of 2012 with a 2,200 mile thru-hike along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Following his 6 month journey up the East coast, Ryan expanded his new found passions through many other expeditions and an education in wilderness living and guiding. In the Fall of 2013 he became a student of the "yearlong immersion program" at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School. His experiences range from all types of geographical locations & climates, from 100+ mile snowshoe treks across Minnesota in -50 temperatures, Canoeing 250 miles along the Northern Maine waterways, 9 week immersion learning & living in the North Maine woods, 3 weeks living off the land (NAKED) in Floridas Everglades and 40 days living off the land (NAKED) in the South African bush. Using his knowledge, skill & experience, Ryan has created the Human-Nature Hostel & Wilderness Guide Service on his 42 acres in the western mountains of Maine. You can follow some of his experiences on Discovery Channels #1 reality survival TV series "Naked & Afraid" & "Naked & Afraid XL". 
Learn more about Ryan here.

If you want to watch Ryan's episode before meeting him, you can find it here:

Naked in the Everglades is available for $2.99 on Amazon   
Or, you can skip all the drama and watch episode 7 ("Deadly Consequences") of South Africa


14th Annual Wilderness Medicine & Survival Skills Conference

September 2022

Course Organizers

Eric Bowman, MD, FACEP, FAWM, Course Organizer
Eric is the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, York, Pa.  Wilderness Medicine certifications include: Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM); Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) member; certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) and Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC); active member of the National Ski Patrol (NSP).

Outdoor interests include downhill and backcountry skiing, camping, backpacking, white water rafting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and survival skills.  SCUBA certifications (PADI) include Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver, Equipment Specialist, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator and Master SCUBA Diver.
(Photo: Hiking up Tuckerman's Ravine to summit of Mount Washington, NH while on a backcountry ski trip with Ski Patrol buddies)