Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities

Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) is the oldest continuously operating school of wilderness medicine in the world.[1] SOLO is one of the originators of today's Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) programs. SOLO is accredited by the University of New Hampshire's Lifelong Learning program. In 2004 it provided first aid training to the cast and crew of PBS' Colonial House program, and a number of colleges and universities across the United States recognize its courses for credit. SOLO also trains advanced providers in disaster recovery medicine and extended remote care through its GEOMEDIC course.

Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities
621 Tasker Hill Rd.



SOLO was founded in the early 1970s by Dr Frank Hubbell and Lee Frizzell in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The pair developed what would become its Wilderness First Aid course in order to better prepare rescuers to respond to medical emergencies in remote areas an hour or more from definitive medical care. The organization built a campus on Tasker Hill, just south of Conway, New Hampshire in order to have a home base from which to teach its courses.[2]

In the 1980s, SOLO created the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) courses. In addition to the Wilderness First Aid course, both of these courses have to become industry standards. In 1988, SOLO staff helped develop wilderness medicine clinical guidelines through the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Wilderness Medical Task Group. These guidelines were later adopted by the National Association of EMS Physicians.

As of 2015 SOLO has taught and certified over 300,000 students worldwide.

TMC Books

TMC Books is an independent publishing company specializing in textbooks and support materials for SOLO along with an eclectic array of other topics, including climbing guides and educational titles. TMC Books produces the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, an online resource for wilderness medical care providers.[3] Its 2005 book, Treehouse Chronicles, went on to win five national book awards. These include a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, a Writers Notes Book Award, an American Design Award, and a 2006 Hollywood Book Festival Award.[4]


  1. Berg, Lauren (18 July 2015). "Outdoors enthusiasts learn wilderness first aid". The Daily Progress. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. "SOLO History". SOLO Schools. Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. "Wilderness Medicine Newsletter". Wilderness Medicine Newsletter. TMC Books. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  4. "TMC Books". TMC Books. TMC Books. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
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