Untamed was an event with a purpose and 100% of the proceeds raised were donated to nonprofit organizations including Colorado Outward Bound, the Send It Foundation, Wilderness Workshop and Emergency Medical Minute. For those unfamiliar with these organizations, Outward Bound is one of the leading companies in experiential learning for children and youth, allowing access to outdoor education for all. The Send It Foundation provides outdoor adventures for children fighting cancer. The Wilderness Workshop manages and conserves over 4 million acres of public lands in Western Colorado and earned a national reputation for passionate advocacy, grassroots effectiveness, and scientific authority giving a voice to our public lands. Lastly, the Emergency Medical Minute is a nonprofit that provides free medical education to healthcare providers and the public, and builds community through live events such as Untamed.
Part 1: The Physiology of Experiencing Nature by Dylan Luyten, MD
Dylan Luyten, MD FACEP
Dylan Luyten, MD is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Swedish Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center in Englewood, Colorado. Passionate about EMS education, he is EMS Medical Director for Action Care Ambulance and Cascade Training Center in Denver, Colorado. He is also one of the founding members of The Emergency Medical Minute. Dr. Luyten divides his time between clinical emergency medicine, hospital administration, Emergency Medical Minute, and EMS teaching.
Part 2: Surviving a Medical Emergency in the Outdoors by Katie Sprinkel, MD
Katie Sprinkel, MD DiMM
Dr. Katie Sprinkel grew up in Virginia and began climbing and learning about technical rescue in North Carolina. She currently practices emergency medicine at The Medical Center of Aurora here in Colorado where she serves as the Assistant Medical Director, leads the sexual assault team and the ultrasound program. She completed her Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) through the Wilderness Medical Society and volunteers with Alpine Rescue Team based in Evergreen, CO.
Part 3: Coping With Pain by Stacy Bare
Stacy Bare is a Bronze Star recipient and Iraq War veteran who struggled with PTSD, depression, addiction, and contemplations of suicide. A friend introduced Stacy to rock climbing and through the wilderness Stacy was able to face and conquer his conditions. Stacy founded Veterans’ Expeditions and Adventure Not War, where he focuses on assisting veterans through enjoying the outdoors. Stacy was named the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, serves as the director of The Sierra Club Outdoors, the National Director of Programming and Operations at The Phoenix, and is a brand champion at The North Face.
Part 4: A New Perspective by Quinn Brett
Quinn Brett, an elite big wall climber of 25 years, who served as a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park shares her story as she was transformed from rescuer to patient. Quinn fell 100 feet while climbing El Cap in Yosemite National Park, and suffered a thoracic spinal cord injury leaving her paralyzed. Quinn shares a tale of strength, resilience, and hope in her recovery journey. Quinn is in physical therapy and rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in Denver, but has recently started working for The Rocky Mountain Conservancy, a nonprofit that supports Rocky Mountain National Park through project funding and education.
Part 5: Too High by Olga Dobranowski, MD
Olga Dobranowski, MD DiMM
Dr. Olga Dobranowski is a hospitalist physician at Centura Health Physician Group, practicing at St. Anthony Hospital, a level 1 Trauma Center in Lakewood, CO. Her backcountry experience includes almost 30 years of mountain climbing. She is an avid rock and ice climber, a ski alpinist, and high altitude mountaineer who recently summited Denali and Aconcagua, the two highest mountains of North and South America, solo and unsupported. A graduate of Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM), she is a passionate wilderness and mountain medicine educator who enjoys teaching Advanced Wilderness Life Support and courses at High Altitude Mountaineering School. She competes for the title of the best mom in the world, after her two children awarded her with the nickname “Pro Pro Mom.”
Part 6: Stepping Back Into Life by Aron Ralston
Aron Ralston was our Keynote speaker for Untamed. Medicine in Wilderness | Wilderness as Medicine. Aron is perhaps one of the world’s most famous outdoorsmen. In 2003, during a canyoneering trip in Utah, Aron’s arm became trapped under a falling boulder. His harrowing story of survival –during which he survived multiple days in the wilderness, amputated his left arm with a pocketknife, and rappelled 65 feet to safety — is the basis for both a New York Times-bestselling memoir and the movie 127 Hours, in which he is played by James Franco. Aron continues to be an avid outdoorsman and now a nationally renowned speaker. Come hear how his experiences have shaped how he views the outdoors, health, and a life well lived.
The Emergency Medical Minute is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical education and supports the local community through events such as Untamed. We want to thank you everyone for their involvement in this incredible evening, we rely on your support and generous donations in order to continue to benefit great causes such as this one. If you would like to donate online to help us fund future endeavors please go to click the donate link at the bottom of this page or on our Donate page. Again, thank you for your continued support.