Crash and Learn

“Whether it’s crashing patients or helicopters, we need to learn to do better.”

Crash and Learn is the premiere outdoor conference that offers an all-encompassing experience like no other. The outdoors is conducive to realistic learning since we often operate in this environment. It also encourages creative approaches to standard operations. This resuscitation retreat is not only accredited and affordable, but it prioritizes educating clinicians that directly impact patient outcomes. Unlike other conferences, Crash and Learn does not have pre-cons, slide presentations, business casual dress, company booths unrelated to the industry, or encouragement of a “party” atmosphere. The educational content is the highest priority. Sessions cover an array of evidence-based topics including the following:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Austere Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Mental Wellness
  • Aviation Safety
  • Crash Survival

Subject matter experts instruct via whiteboard lectures, hands-on workshops, and/or high-fidelity simulations. Not only are these methods proven to better promote retention of information, but attendees are able to interact directly with world-renowned educators. Additionally, instructors and students are able to spend time together before and after education sessions, so the learning never stops. Forget stuffy conference rooms in a city with nothing to do! Come learn in the forest, under the stars, amongst motivated peers!




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“Hands down the best conference I have ever been a part of.”

– Cynthia G.


“Fantastic conference that attracted a phenomenal group of clinicians.”

– Utah AirMed


“Hats off to Heavy Lies the Helmet for executing a flawless experience.”

– Chris S.


“The best conference I have ever been to!”

– Richard M.


“Truly incredible experience.”

– Mandy K.


“These guys changed the conference game.”

– Tyler C.


“Had the time of my life.”

– Dia C.


“Best conference I have attended.”

– Josh D.

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How do I purchase a conference ticket?

Tickets will go on sale via Eventbrite at a later time. 2023’s conference sold out in 3 hours and 38 minutes, so we encourage early purchases.


Do I have to be an active flight crew member to attend?

Absolutely not! Our conference includes content that is applicable to all pre-hospital and intra-hospital disciplines. The only requirement is that you are at least 21 years of age.


Will I get CE’s for attending?

You will receive approximately 14 Continuing Education Hours courtesy of IA MED. (CME’s for physicians, NP’s, and PA’s are currently unavailable.)


How many attendees will be there?

Approximately 200. Groups are intentionally kept small to facilitate a safe and individualized learning experience. In order to achieve this, we cap the number of attendees, staff, affiliates, and sponsors.


How do I get to the campground?

We are not offering shuttle services for 2024’s conference. We recommend utilizing rental services, ride-share, and/or carpooling.


How long will I be there?

The conference is two full days of education, but we include the days before and after in the price of admission. No hotel costs for 4-days!


Where will I stay?

BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent). Attendees are able to choose their own site to set up a tent. We also accommodate RV’s, overlanders, and pop-up tents of ANY size, though you are responsible for safely parking your vehicle.


What if I don’t want to camp?

You can still attend the conference! Other lodging options are available in the area, but these are not included in the price of admission. Attendees are responsible for making their own arrangements.


Can I invite someone to stay with me if they are not a ticket holder?

Conference space is for ticket holders ONLY. Unpaid campers are strictly prohibited and will be dismissed from the property along with the paid attendee(s) who invited them without refund (See Purchase Agreement.)


What will I eat and drink?

Potable water is available on site. Additionally, lunch and dinner are provided on both education days. We will also accommodate as many diet preferences as possible. Otherwise, it’s camping, so bring something you can eat and/or cook outside. Basic supplies are available for purchase (e.g., fuel canisters) at the Heavy Lies the Helmet booth for those who need it. Additional equipment should be sourced in route to the campground.


Can I drink alcohol?

Alcohol is permitted outside of education session hours, but professional behavior is expected of all in attendance. Belligerence will not be tolerated. (See Purchase Agreement.) Be mindful that increased altitude equates to increased effects of alcohol.


What do I need to wear?

Outdoor casual dress is strongly encouraged. This includes cold and rain outer layers and supportive foot wear. Unlike other conferences, we discourage business casual dress, because it is inappropriate for the elements.


Where will I go to the restroom?

Restrooms are available on site.


Where will I shower?

There are no showers. We recommend utilizing bag baths/baby wipes, powders, and other means of hygiene.


What will I do after each day?

The fun and networking never stop! Enjoy outdoor recreation with your fellow attendees by sitting around a bonfire, hiking up a mountain, swimming in a creek, or playing a game. The sky is the limit!


What if it rains?

Though unlikely, we cannot control inclement weather. With that said, the conference is RAIN OR SHINE. We will post the latest forecasts and provide some protective measures to assist comfort levels in the event of said weather.


Can I bring my pet?

Due to liability issues, only service animals or working dogs directly associated with the educational content are allowed.


Can I work the conference?

We are currently not hiring conference staff members. Standby for details regarding our volunteer program.


How can my company get involved?

Sponsorships, booth space, and digital advertising are available in limited quantities. Contact us directly at for inquiries.


How do I stay informed?

Listen to the Heavy Lies the Helmet podcast, read the blogs, follow our social media pages, and look for the #CAL24 hashtag!

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