TKS teachers all have experience in the outdoors...they know how to take of themselves in the wild for weeks and months at a time. Most have worked as Guides, Outdoor Educators, Land Managers (State and Federal), Soldiers, and SAR Team members. Those who teach "licensing courses" like EMR/WFR, EMT/WEMT, and Advanced EMT have significant clinical experience as rescuers and EMS providers...they know the medicine, and the process, of the EMS system.
Whether it's experiential wilderness principles or evidenced -based medicine, all of our teacher know why they teach, what they teach...because they've done it.
First winter ascent, Three Birches, 5.8, Cathedral Ledge, North Conway, NH 1978. Photo: Mack Johnson
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Elephant herd at the edge of the Zambezi River, Chobe, Botswana, 2012. Photo: Bill Kane
River crossing, Argentinian Andes, 1989. Photo: Bill Kane
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The North face of Mount Edith Cavell, Alberta. Once called the "Eiger" of No. America, late day, clearing storm, August, 1983. Photo: Bill Kane
"Nobody has taught Wilderness Medicine to more people then Bill Kane. He is one of the most accomplished, entertaining, experienced, and engaging educators I've ever known. Not many educators can hold my attention for 48 hours...but Bill can!"
Jon Politis, MPA, NR Paramedic *Firefighter, Ski Patroller, Mountaineer
*NY State EMS Training Coordinator *BOD, National Registry of EMTs *Flight Paramedic, Colonie, NY *Chief, Colonie EMS, Colonie, NY 1989-2010
*Advisor, "24-7" EMS Training Videos *NREMT Exam Team
*Ranger, Teton National Park.
Setting up fixed ropes on Moose's Tooth, Alaska, 1987. Photo: Bill Kane
Bill Kane, BA, NR AEMT, I/C NH & ME, WEMT
With a BA from Gettysburg College, he worked for the YMCA leading adventure trips and became Physical/Aquatic Director and then Camp Director. In the mid-1970s he became manager of a climbing shop in Northern NE and joined the Mountain Rescue Service of NH in 1976 becoming a Director and Team Leader till the late 1990s. As an EMT (now Advanced EMT) he began teaching EMTs and wilderness medicine and rescue in 1977. Bill joined Fryeburg Rescue in 1978 and has practiced pre-hospital medicine in the mountains of rural Maine for over 40 years. As an owner/partner of International Mountain Climbing School, and as Director of Education for a high-volume program, he's had the opportunity to climb, guide, and teach on five continents and has competed in hundreds of endurance events over 40+ years.
Dawn over the plateau, Yellowstone National Park, MT, August, 1982. Photo: Bill Kane