Best for: Teetotalers and the hungover Liquigas-Cannondale racer Ted King lives near enough to this little café and bar in central Italy, 30 miles northwest of Florence, that he occasionally stops there on training rides. The owner and “King of the Cappucino,” Signor Umberto Galligani, has been serving coffee at this location since 1948. He’s also a devoted cycling fan. In addition to all the pro cycling jerseys draped on the wall (175 and counting), the old man keeps a book stocked with photos of himself and the many pro cyclists who pass by: Jan Ullrich, Alberto Contador, Alexandre Vinokourov, Mark Cavendish. “Everyone is there. Hundreds and hundreds of photos,” says King. That now includes the young American. And though you won’t get a beer here, you will get the best cappuccino of your life, perfected over 64 years of practice. C’mon, we had to include one stop to help cure you of a hangover.
Knowing what first-aid essentials to bring to the backcountry is just as important as knowing what to do in an emergency. Here are the nation’s best wilderness first-aid courses for learning what to do in nearly any situation or environment, as recommend by Paul Auerbach*.
National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine NOLS has been introducing people to the outdoors since 1965, and today they offer one of the best series of courses on wilderness first aid—from introductory classes to advanced certification for professionals. Search for classes here
Wilderness Medical Associates International WMA trains some 8,000 students per year on everything from travel medicine to wilderness first-responder issues. Classes are offered across the United States and around the globe. Prices vary according to class and location. Search for classes here
Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities Wilderness First Aid Started by a husband and wife team in New Hampshire’s White Mountains in the 1970s, SOLO first ran courses for organizations like the Appalachian Mountain Club and Outward Bound. Later they began producing the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter and wrote the book Medicine for the Backcountry. Now they have a campus in New Hampshire and offer classes there, as well as throughout the greater New England region. Search for classes here
Advanced Wilderness Life Support Originally developed at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1997, AWLS now offers certification to everyone from outdoor enthusiasts and expedition participants to U.S. military medical personnel. Courses are offered throughout the year at various locations across the Rocky Mountain region. Search for classes here