My Climb/Rescue Resume

  1. BLS CPR - Classroom Course (Drakes Crossing Fire), January 19, 2018
  2. Wilderness First Aid, March 24-25, 2018

  1. Silver Falls Trail Maintenance, October 14th, 2017
  2. Silverton Oregon Eclipse Resources
  3. Chemeketan Climb School, April 2017
  4. Intermediate Snow Skills Class, April 30th, 2017

  1. Wilderness First Aid (October 8-9th 2016 - Silver Falls State Park)
  2. AHA Heartsaver CPR class, September 30th (Drakes Crossing Fire Station)
  3. Intermediate Snow Skills, May 7th 2016
  4. Chemeketan Climb School - April 20, 27 (classroom) and April 30-May 1 (Field) 2016 
  5. March 19, 2016 - Silver Falls Trail Maintenance
  6. CPR Training (AHA Heartsaver) January 29, 2016
  1. Silver Falls State Park Trail Maintenance, March 14, 2015 
  2. Silver Falls Interpretive Volunteers Needed  
  3. Marion County Team 18 SAR, WFA Class, Camp Tolaoli, May 30-31
  4. Adult and Child CPR and AED class, October  TBD
  5. Wilderness First Aid, Silver Falls November 7-8 
  1. Current (Climbs in the last 7 days) location via SPOT Satellite messenger
  1. North Oregon/ S. Wash Cascades Weather Forecast
  2. NW Avalanche Center (seasonal)
  3. Timberline Lodge Web Cam #1
  4. Other Mt Hood Webcams
  5. Government Camp Web Cam
  6. Santiam Pass Web Cam
  7. Mt Bachelor Webcams
  8. Inciweb (Up to date Regional Fire reporting system)
  9. NW Avalanche Center (enabled for mobile phones)
  2. Chemeketans (Salem) Climb Calendar
  3. Chemeketans Climb Leaders Contact Information
  4. Cascade Adventures (Steve Doughtery)
  5. Mazamas (Portland)
  6. Santiam Alpine
  7. Summit Post

BLS CPR January 19th 2018

American Heart Association - BLS CPR/AED Course
January 19th, 2018
Cost: free for Drakes crossing fire and EMS personnel,
$50 all others (fee does not include manual)
Location: Drakes Crossing Rural Fire District
19364 Powers Creek Loop NE, Silverton, OR 97381
(At intersection with Hwy 214 across from Drakes Crossing Nursery)
Total time: Approximately 4 hours (6:15 to 10:15 pm)

This BLS for Healthcare Provider classroom course is for healthcare providers (EMS personnel, physician assistants, physicians, nurses, nursing students, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, etc) and covers team CPR and AED, and relief of choking for adults, children and infants.
Upon successful completion of written test and skills demonstration, students receive an American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers card, valid for two years.
Student materials required: AHA Basic Life Support Provider Manual (includes Pocket Reference Card)American Heart Association mandates that each student have access to the most current provider manual before, during and after the course.  We have a limited number of manuals to loan to Drakes Crossing personnel. Please note: the exam at the completion of the course is open book.  If you do not have one already, you can order the student manual with the class. 
To register (and for any questions about this course) contact Mike Niemeyer at or call 503-910-9726
6:15 pm – 6:20pm
Lesson 1: Course Introduction
6:21 – 6:56
35 min
Lesson 2: 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
Part I: Adult Chain of Survival
Part II: Scene Safety and Assessment
Part III: Adult Compressions
Part IV: Pocket Mask
Part V: 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
6:57- 7:24
Lesson 3: AED and Bag-Mask Device
Part I: AED
Part II: Bag-Mask Device
7:25 – 7:37
Lesson 4: 2-Rescuer Adult BLS
7:38- 7:51
Lesson 5: Team Dynamics
Part I: Team Dynamics
Part II: Successful Resuscitation Teams
7:52 – 8:07
Lesson 6: High-Performance Teams Activity
8:08 – 8:20
8:21 – 8:36
Lesson 7: Child BLS
Part I: Pediatric Chain of Survival
Part II: Child BLS
Part III: 2-Rescuer Child CPR
8:37 -8:52
Lesson 8: Infant BLS
Part I: Infant BLS
Part II: Infant Compressions
Part III: Bag-Mask Device for Infants
Part IV: 2-Rescuer Infant BLS
Part V: AED for Infants and Children Less Than 8 Years of Age
8:53 – 9:01
Lesson 9: Special Considerations
Part I: Mouth-to-Mouth Breaths
Part II: Rescue Breathing
Part III: Breaths With an Advanced Airway
Part IV: Opioid-Associated Life-Threatening Emergency
Lesson 10: Adult and Child Choking
Part I: Relief of Choking in a Responsive Adult or Child
Part II: Relief of Choking in an Unresponsive Adult or Child
Lesson 11: Infant Choking
Part I: Relief of Choking in a Responsive Infant
Part II: Relief of Choking in an Unresponsive Infant
Lesson 12: Conclusion
Lesson 13: Exam
Lesson 14: Adult CPR and AED Skills Test
Lesson 15: Infant CPR Skills Test
10:08 - 10:17
Lesson 16: Remediation
Part I: Skills Testing Remediation, Part II: Exam Remediation

Wilderness First Aid - March 2018

The 18-hour Wilderness First Aid course sponsored by the Climbing Section of the  Chemeketan outdoor club at Silver Falls State Park  March 24-25, 2018.

The class will run from 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday.  The course will cover first aid skills and decision-making using realistic emergency medical scenarios as might be encountered on a climbing, hiking or backpacking trip in the Cascades.  This will be a fun, intense, hands-on course that includes simulated-terrifying outdoor scenarios in dark, cold, wet, chaotic conditions. (See pictures from previous course.) Students receive a WFA certification card good for 2 years. 

Instructors, coaches 

  1. Mike Niemeyer, Wilderness Advanced-EMT (Bio)
  2. Jackie Niemeyer, RN 
  3. Dr. Mark Olson, M.D.
  4. Kacey Eppling WEMT


  1. A State parking pass is required to park in Silver Falls State Park. Passes are $5 a day and can be obtained from a machine in the North Falls parking lot 1/4 mile from our training location.
  2. Must be 16 years of age or older
  3. Must have the ability to lift 40 lbs 
  4. Must have current CPR certification. (I'll be offering the American Heart Association, 2015 CPR AED class at the Drakes Crossing Fire Station prior to this training- date TBA.
  5. Read the class textbook prior to class (see below regarding textbook and reading assignments.) 
  6. Look over the WFA cheat-sheet.  You will receive copies of this form at the class. (We will use it for all patient assessments and scenarios. Fold the page 2x to make it into a booklet.)
  7. Provide your emergency contact information to Mike Niemeyer using the class agreement and release form.  (See details below under "registration.") 
  8. You will need a watch that displays seconds and a headlamp.
  9. Bring snacks and meals for both days (we won’t be feeding you). We will have a kitchen facility available with a sink, microwave, fridge, stove, etc. 
  10. Bring a day pack or backpack that can get knocked around a bit – with supplies you’d typically bring on an outing.  Bring an extra thrift-store quality shirt and pants/sweat pants – should you volunteer to be a patient in a scenario. A small foam pad is optional - something for you to sit or kneel on when you are outside assisting a patient. 
  11. Wear/bring warm clothes and a waterproof shell layer or rain pants/coat. 
  12. You will need a small flashlight for patient exams.  A headlamp is also recommended for the Saturday evening scenario. 
  13. Bring a towel or rags to dry yourself off as we come in from outside scenarios.

                          1. This training is supported by the Chemeketan Outdoor Club.   Cost is $50 for Chemeketan members and residents of Drakes Crossing Fire District and $78 for all others.  These fees cover the cost of the course textbook (retails for $38) and expendable first aid supplies students will use in the training. (All trainers are volunteering their time.)  
                          2. You are on your own for meals and lodging.  
                          3. A State Park parking pass is also required ($5/day).  
                          4. Payment  is required to confirm your reservation with checks payable to the "Chemeketans". 
                          5. Sign a class agreement and release form and mail it with your registration fee to 5243 Madrona Heights Drive NE, Silverton, Oregon 97381.  (Bring the form with you to the first class if you are registering within 1 week of class - and there is still room available.) 
                          6. Questions? Email Mike Niemeyer.
                          Course reading:  Students receive a copy of the course text as part of the course fee (Text will be provided to you - don't purchase this on your own.  I will get the book to you. If can't arrange to pick it up in the Silverton or Salem areas I can mail it for an additional fee.) This is a highly interactive course that will have students diving into things right away.  To get the most out of it students will need to have read the course text prior to the first day of class.

                          Optional Online reference materials:

                          A State parking pass is required to park in Silver Falls State Park. Passes are $5 a day and can be obtained from a machine in the North Falls parking lot and 1/4 mile from our training location.


                          1. Silver Falls State Park has cabins, and RV and Tent sites for those who want to stay at the park during the course.  Some students have indicated they might want to share a tent site. There is no staying in the N Falls lodge overnight (Our training venue).  The N Falls lodge is located in the group camp area but we didn’t reserve that camping option due to expense and limited amenities.
                          2. The tent sites at the main campground are a few miles south of where we will be but have hook ups, heated restrooms and showers.  They also have primitive cabins you can reserve.
                          3. The park concession also has cabins and meals.  Phone 866-575-8875.
                          Carpooling from Salem:  
                          • If there is interest I recommend Salem folks meet at 6:30 am Saturday and Sunday at the State Motorpool on airport road and leave at 6:45 am.  But lets confirm this via email to make sure there is interest in this option. 
                          • We will be at about 1550 ft elevation.  (See links below for Park weather and webcams).
                          Other helpful web links:

                          Course reading:  Students receive a copy of the course text as part of the course fee (Text will be provided to you - don't purchase this on your own. We will ship the textbook to you once your payment is received.)  This is a highly interactive course that will have students diving into things right away.  To get the most out of it students will need to have read the course text  prior to the first day of class. See schedule below for reading assignment.  

                          Course Schedule and Chapter Reading Assignments:

                          Course Philosophy: This outdoor class is the place to "Take chances, make mistakes and get messy"(Ms. Frizzle) so you can be prepared for your next outdoor trip, aid other hikers, enjoy life's legitimate messes (i.e., dirt) and avoid unnecessary suffering (i.e. giardia.) 

                          Training Location: Note that you will need a state park day use permit (NW forest pass does not work here) to park at the N Falls Lodge.  You can get these permits at the automated machine in the parking lot at the North Falls trailhead which is about 1/4 mile past the entrance to the group Campsite - if you are traveling South on Highway 214 .  This is also a good reason to carpool.

                          Silverton Oregon Eclipse Resources

                          Welcome to The Madrona Wilderness Eclipse Viewing Event in Silverton Oregon

                          Some tips 
                          -Cell phone coverage may be spotty during the eclipse weekend.  If you are relying on google maps to get you here we recommend you download the route map to your phone before you leave - should you lose cell signal.  Also, in an emergency, if you can't make a voice call Oregon now has "text-to-911."  (Text messages have much wider coverage than voice.)
                          -Traffic on Sunday and Monday is expected to be terrible.  Research alternate routes if you are leaving from Portland for our house.  Note that you can get here without going through downtown Silverton if traveling from the North.
                          -We will be having a celestial-costume themed dance party on Sunday night August 20th.
                          -We will have pancakes and fruit available for breakfast on the morning of the eclipse from 8-9 am.
                          -Jim Niemeyer will be bringing a telescope adapted for viewing the sun.
                          -Bring a pair of solar glasses (can be purchased at most Silverton stores) - be aware of knock-offs.  See NASA viewing tips.
                          -Other activities: Wildlife viewing, fire station tour, slack-lining, corn hole, berry picking and non-fire-campfire. 

                          Weather at our house

                          Silverton, OR: Latitude: 45° 00' 18" N Longitude: 122° 46' 59" W
                          • Eclipse Duration of Totality: 1m 46s
                          • Partial phase start: 9:05:41AM (PDT), at "1:00 o'clock" on the sun's disk
                          • Totality Start: 10:17:46AM (PDT) 
                          If you only look at one site - see "Know Before You Go"

                          Here are some Other good Oregon eclipse resources

                          Silver Falls Trail Maintenance October 2017

                          Chemeketan Silver Falls Trail Maintenance October 14th, 2017
                          As part of the clubs sponsorship of Silver Falls State Park we provide trail maintenance on the Silver Falls backcountry trails. This event is open to everyone and will involve work on the Perimeter Trail and may include some bridge repairs.  We will also get a chance to check out new sections of the Catamount Trail. Meet at the park headquarters office at 9 am.  We will talk about the plan, hand out tools and take 4x4 vehicles to the area we will be working on. 

                          We will be meeting at the Park Office (see map below). Note that the entrance to the park headquarters is across the street from the main park entrance. It will be on the left after you exit the highway. Come dressed with gloves, water, lunch/snack, sturdy footwear and clothes appropriate for the weather. We will go rain or shine.  We will be done no later than 3PM.  

                          Carpooling From Salem?  Meet at the State Motor Pool on Airport Road in Salem at 8 am. (1100 Airport Rd. between State and Mission St.) Please RSVP to trip leader Mike Niemeyer at so we can coordinate carpooling and make sure we have enough tools. 

                          Intermediate Snow Skills, Mt. Hood April 30th, 2017

                          On Sunday April 30th 2017 I'll be leading a Chemeketan intermediate snow skills class.   We will carpool up to Mt Hood on Sunday morning, arriving at Timberline Lodge parking area (same place as for climb school) between 8 and 8:30 AM.  After gearing up and hiking to the training area we will practice intermediate snow skills including:
                          • intro to avalanche assessment/snow pit tests,
                          • belaying, and escaping belays, off a snow anchor
                          • z-pulley rescues and
                          • (for the newer climbers) some exposure to crampon use.
                          This will be an opportunity for climbers of all levels to test and improve their snow climbing skills. This will be a full day on the snow  I expect we will be wrapping up and back to the Timberline parking lot about 4 pm or so.

                          Roster: (Full)
                          1. Mike Niemeyer (Leader)
                          2.  Gill, Forrest
                          3. Johansen, Christopher
                          4. Langford, Shonee
                          5.  Leesman, Christopher
                          6. Maerki, Christopher
                          7. Morell, Edward
                          8. Solis, Lance
                          9.  Steiner, Kristi
                          10. Zaichenko, Dmitry
                          11. Folkenberg, Randy 
                          12. Folkenberg, Chantel
                          13. King, Rory 
                          14. Dewet, Michelle 
                          15. Bennett, John 
                          16. Bennett, Chuck 
                          17. Fansler, Powell  
                          18. Moffatt, Bruce
                          19. Mclean, Heather
                          20. Sierra, Scott
                          21. Sierra, Yesica
                          22. Nascimento, Emily
                          23. Beckner, Lawrence
                          24. Angel Munoz
                          25. Davis, William (Billy Bob)
                          26. Salaz, Chris
                          27. Croft, Jerry
                          28. Eric Vargas
                          29. Wilcox, Rick
                          30. Blanton, Craig
                          31. Blanton, Sarah
                          32. Leslie, Evan
                          33. Pennington, Mike
                          34. Canfield, Chris
                          35. Mevis, Kayla
                          36. Martin, Christine
                          37. Parks, Daniel
                          38. Christiansen, Susan
                          39. Gregory, Leora 
                          40. Avery, Jay
                          41. Destine Davis
                          42. Garvey, Shane
                          43. Bays, Ken
                          44. Sakon, Keita
                          45. Wagner, Robert
                          1. For the recent climb school students with little snow experience this will be an opportunity to practice being an effective member of a roped team on snow/glacier.  This includes: being able to efficiently tie into the rope system,  move confidently on steep snow using crampons and ice axe, clip efficiently through snow anchors and self-rescue after a fall into a crevasse.
                          2. Snow pit compression tests
                          3. For the more experienced climbers and assistants (Bold on the roster) this is an opportunity to set up and lead a rope team, belay off of an anchor to bring the team up to your location on steep terrain, and set up and execute a rescue using a z pulley system (for this later skill we will be looking at managing the rescue scene and teamwork - not just the mechanics of building a z-pulley).  
                          We will be getting into steep snow conditions for this outing. Ice axe, harness, helmet and crampons (fitted to your boots ahead of time) are required. Crampon compatible boots and gators. Sunglasses are also required. I recommend that you pack as you would for a Mt Hood Climb. this will be a good chance to test your gear and food/water options out.

                          Prussik cords are required. Pulleys, a couple extra carabiners and a snow shovel will be helpful if you have them.  I'd like to have one shovel per rope team.  If you have pickets bring those (But don't go out and buy them if you don't have them already.)

                          I'll bring snow probes so you can get a feel for what is like to probe the snow for voids (If you have your own probes bring them.)

                          Please have your gear together and be prepared to carry some group gear (ropes, shovels, etc.) Its best to have a larger pack and have some external straps for lashing down a rope and strapping on an ice axe (i.e., don't come with a small textbook type daypack.  I've got nothing against Care Bears but their equipment line rarely includes ice axe loops.)

                          We will be getting into the snow so a waterproof outer shell layer is important and an extra set of gloves to swap out when your first pair gets wet. See Gear List #4.  Bring plenty of water (at least 2 liters) and food as we won't be returning to the cars during the day. Leader will be carrying, hypowrap materials, first aid kit, SPOT rescue beacon and cell phone 503-910-9726. If you have a Motorola type recreational radio please bring it set to Channel 10 code 5.

                          We will head NE out of the Timberline parking lot and about 1000 ft vertical to seek some suitable steep terrain on the edge of the white river canyon. 

                          For carpooling Sunday morning those leaving from the Salem Motor pool lot should plan on leaving at 6:00 am.  I'll send a group email out to give you a chance to connect with others for a ride.  Please don't plan on showing up at the park-and-ride lot without pre-arranging a ride - there may not be anyone there!  State Motor Pool in Salem - This will be the best option for folks in Salem or points south. Let me know if you are interested in this option.  

                          Permits? - This will be the last official day of snow park permit season.  So technically you need a permit.  Will they be enforcing it on the last day?  Do you feel lucky?

                          Training Curriculum:
                          1) Assistants and helpers (Bold on the roster above): Chris Salaz is coordinating a pre-training event on Saturday for assistants who are interested in getting in a little more skills practice.  Chris will be emailing you directly with those details. (Please bring your own pickets if you have them as we will need to augment the club pickets for this event.)

                          2) Sunday about 8 am- Group assembles at the end of the "climbers" parking lot: Assign teams; Issue group gear: Pickets (1 per person) shovels (1 per team), ropes (1 x 50 meter half-rope per team). Leaders check teams gear (e.g., no sharp things swinging off of the packs, everyone has sunglasses, has put on sunblock, etc) FRS radios to Channel 10 Code 5.

                          3) Once in our practice area we will do snow pit tests to access avalanche conditions and briefly discuss snow cave construction.   I have a snow saw and various snow assessment tools.  We will be doing the compression test after digging out and isolating a snow column and also assessing the hardness of the snow layers. 
                          4)Establishing and moving rope teams rigged for Glacier travel. The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students to practice being an effective member of a roped team on snow/glacier, using crampons (if conditions are appropriate.)   This includes: being able to efficiently tie into the rope system and move confidently on steep snow. (For the more experienced climbers and assistants this is an opportunity to set up and lead a rope team.) The rope team leader will take their team to an area suitable for crevasse rescue practice.  (Coaching on good rope management, improving steps, etc.)

                          5)  Crevasse rescue scenario: The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students  be able to self-rescue after a fall into a crevasse using prussiks and gain familiarity with the Z-pulley system. For the more experienced climbers and assistants set up and execute a rescue using a z pulley system (for this later skill we will be looking at managing the rescue scene and teamwork - not just the mechanics of building a z-pulley). SCENARIO: Rope team members 1 and 2 arrest fall of member #3 and set up z Pulley. Member #3 initiates self-rescue.  This will be a full scenario beginning with the fall and team arrest. (i.e. not just the mechanical aspects of rigging the system)

                          6)  Belaying on steep snow: The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students be able to belay the leader on steep snow. For the more experienced climbers and assistants this is a chance to practice establishing and belaying off of anchors on steep snow and, as time allows, escaping the belay using a Munter-Mule.  

                          Mt Hood weather

                          Optional Online Homework:
                          1. Z - pulley (Mazamas) 
                          2. Z-pulley (Mountaineers) 
                          3. Crevasse Rescue Fails
                          4. Avalanche Pit Test  , Avalanche Pit Test #2Avalanche Pit Test #3
                          5. Extended column avalanche test
                          6. Munter mule
                          7. Direct vs indirect belays
                          8. Snow Cave Limitations/Dangers
                          9. Snow Cave construction
                          10. Snow Cave Construction