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News from North America Outdoor Institute May 16, 2013


North America Outdoor Institute Newsletter
May 2013
NAOI Summer training

This month's edition may be coming a bit later than usual but we have lots of exciting news to share and hope you find it worth the wait. 


The avalanche education season has come to a close and with the combined efforts of NAOI, AAIC, Friends of the Chugach, Alaska Avalanche School and all the other dedicated trainers out there, we reached well over 5,000 individuals directly and thousands more with the importance of the message. Thank you to everyone that contributed and participated!

Debra McGhan, NAOI Executive Director ,with the crew 
at Arctic Man 2013

This year's effort made possible with support from the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety, Alaska Division of Parks and BRP.

 Alaska Dept. of Public SafetyAlaska State ParksBRP DEALER

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Quick Links
Skidoo Winner
Zombie Game Winner
Pea Pod Game winner
BCA winner to come
Wilderness Medical
Arctic Slope
Safety Tip
Sponsor Thanks!
Arctic Slope 
  Anaktuvuk Pass
Wilderness Safety Challenge
 May 16
Anchorage Fire Dept.
Open House

May 18th - 10-6p


May 20-24 & 27-31
Child & Babysitting Safety
June 4-5th 10-4p
NAOI Headquarters Wasilla
Wilderness Safety Challenges & Camps!
Tiny Tots - Ages 4-8
June 12 & 13 11a-1p
Youth - Ages 9-12
June 26-28 10a-4p
Family Dat
June 29 - 10a-4p
July 8-12 10a-4p
Train the Trainer
Wild Women & More!
Check out our full summer schedule at 

Judy Dellinger
Judy Dellinger of North Pole is the proud recipient of the 2013 Skidoo Renegade 550 from BRP/Skidoo
Judy was drawn from a total of 706 entries. Thank you  to the Willow Area Community Organization, 
 BRP/Skidoo and AMDS, Team CC, Compeau's and River & Sea Marine for making this possible.
All proceeds support snowmobile safety outreach in Alaska!
 BRP DEALER  Ski Doo sponsor Willow Area Community Organization
  AMDS Team CC  River and Sea Marine

Arctic Man game winner
Nicolette Pankovic tries out her new airbag with ABS Athlete and rep  Dave Norona
Judy was not the only big, happy winner at Arctic Man, congratulations also goes to 
NICOLETTE PANKOVIC of Australia. Nicollete and friends took time out of their Arctic Man adventures to play the Zombie Safety Challenge by completing activities such as an avalanche companion rescue search. Nicolette won a complete airbag system thanks to ABS airbags for her efforts! ABS Airbag logo
"This was an amazing, important 'game' and I really think everyone that played was a winner," said Nicolette. "I'm just excited my game card was pulled from the bucket to win the airbag. Thank you so much!
Other great prizes were awarded such as first aid kits from Adventure Medical Kits, locking caribiners from Black Diamond, goggles from SPY and much more. 


Adventure Medical Kits Black Dimond Spy Optics

Pea Pod Game Winners!
Arctic Man 2010
Arctic Man Pea Pod Game winners played the High/Low split the pot game answering a series of five questions on winter safety in Alaska to collect their numbers. Congratulations to: Nick Dynes (Low) and Paula Archer (high.) Total income $240.00 -  Nick and Paula split the pot with NAOI and each earned $60.  Congratulations!

Backcountry Access
Stay Tuned! We have one more big winner for the season to come. We will be drawing from everyone that attended an NAOI training class and completed a feedback form between November 1 and May 15 2013.  Check us out on Facebook Friday, May 17th to find out who the lucky winner is??

Wilderness Medical 
Arctic Valley 2013
                        May 20 - 31st
                        Fox Run Lodge, Palmer 

Visit SOLO's website for a full schedule of their courses, wilderness medical journals, and much more!  www.soloschools.com

Want to schedule a Wild Med Class for your company, contact us today!

CPR/AED Training - June 20th 5:30-8:30pm (date is tentative)
CPR/AED Training - July 16th - 5:30-8:30pm (date is tentative)
NAOI wilderness medical training    SOLO Wilderness Medical training             WFA-Spring Creek Farm

Arctic Slope Training
Students at Fred Ipalook Elementary cheer for the NAOI Safety Game
4th grade students at Fred Ipalook Elementary cheer for the NAOI Safety Challenge.
NAOI Safety team
From Left: Shelley Plumb, Sam Albanese, DB Palmer, Dorothy Adler and Debra McGhan
NAOI sent a team of five professionals to          
 Barrow on May 1-2 for the first series of safety training programs in Arctic Slope schools. We are excited to report the NAOI Wilderness Safety Challenge is proving to be a big hit with teachers and students alike. 
Students participated in six challenges including: Preparing, Navigation, Snowmobile, Wilderness Medical, Firearm safety and Water and Ice.
Arctic Slope Community Foundation This program made possible thanks to generous support from the Arctic Slope Community Foundation

Child & Babysitting Training
Child Care training
Do you want to earn money this summer caring for babies and children? Get nationally certified with the NAOI Child and Babysitting Safety course from American Heath and Safety Institute. 
This is a fast-paced, fun and educational program for anyone that is responsible for caring for children. 
Lots of hands-on activities. Includes CPR/AED certification. Cost is $125 per person.
June 4-5, 10a-4p - NAOI Office Wasilla

Safety Tip
Alyeska 1-26-2013
As the sun heats up the snowpack be aware that it makes it heavy and weak. This time of year is especially dangerous and it is important to travel on ridges, and high points. 
Travel one at a time on exposed slopes watching your partners from a safe zone.
Carry safety equipment and ensure you 
NAOI wilderness medical training
are proficient in using this equipment by taking the time to practice. Avoid terrain traps. These are areas such as dips, valleys, gulleys and any place where snow can pile up deeply.
Be alert for crevasses and carry gear in the event of an emergency such as first aid supplies, ropes, pulleys and harness.

Tragic April
Arctic Man 2011

April proved to be a tragic month with the loss of 9-year-old Shjon Brown of Fairbanks. Shjon fell in a glacier hole on a snow machine April 13th at Gulkana Glacier. On April 20th five snowboarders were caught in a massive avalanche near Loveland, Colorado.Read More


All of the victims, or people in their party, had experience and carried appropriate rescue gear but the situations they found themselves in exceeded their skill or ability to recover. Complacency can be your enemy. Remember that just because you have done something many times before, doesn't mean you will always have the same results. You can never be too careful. We hope these tragic accidents serve as a sad reminder that it's important to slow down and take the extra time to ensure you don't get caught in a similar situation.

Trail Reports

The NAOI Snow and Trail reports are now over for the winter season. Thank you to our sponsors Team CC and Mat-Su Vintage Racers for making these weekly reports possible. 


We are currently seeking interested sponsors for our summer trail reports. If you would like to be part of this program, please call 907-376-2898 today to learn more.


The reports air 3 times per day, 3 days per week on  Q 99.7  The Wolf  96.3, plus 2 times per day 3 days per week on 100.9 Country Legends and Movin 105.7


                             Wolf KMBQ country legends
Movin Radio Station


Learn To Return
Learn To Return
Looking for advanced training for your company? Visit our partners at  LTR. They have released their summer scheduled. Course options range from Helicopter Underwater Egress, Confined Space, Wildlife Defense Training and much more.   
Learn to Return



A huge thanks to our sponsors that have helped us to grow stronger and save more lives.
Special thanks to Arctic Slope Community Foundation and the 
Rasmuson Foundation!  
  • Adventure Medical Kits 
  • Alaska Department of Public Safety
  • Alaska Division of Parks - SnowTrac
  • AMDS
  • Alaska Toy Rental 
  • Arc'Teryx
  • BCA  
  • Black Diamond
  • BRP/Skidoo 
  • Dr. William Imlach 
  • Edelrid 
  • The Ludlow Foundation
  • Mat Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Mountain Hardwear
  • Ortovox
  • Polaris - Eskimos Inc. (Barrow)
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Team CC
  • Totem Ocean Trailer Express
  • Wendy's Alaska


        Arctic Slope Community FoundationRasmuson Foundation
Alaska Dept. of Public SafetyAlaska Toy Rental    Adventure Medical Kits   Alaska State ParksBlack DimondTeam CCAlaska State SnowTrack Grant logomtn hdwr logo
The North America Outdoor Institute is a not-for-profit 501 C 3 organization. We do not receive regular funding from any source and depend on the generosity and support provided by Foundations, Sponsors and  individuals to make our programs and community outreach possible.


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