Crash and Learn

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“Whether it’s crashing patients or helicopters, we all 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: emergency medicine, austere medicine, critical care, aviation safety, wilderness survival, and more. Subject matter experts instruct via whiteboard lectures, hands-on workshops, and 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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Where is the conference held?

The location changes every year, so that attendees get to experience an array of landscapes. 2023’s location is on a 160 acre property in Bailey, CO near Pike National Forest.


How much does it cost?

$290. This includes Continuing Education Hours, lunch and dinner on education days, space for your provided form of lodging, parking, and more!


Where is the closest airport?

Denver International Airport (DEN), though Colorado Springs (KCOS) is also nearby. Being within a reasonable driving distance of a these airports will accommodate more ticket options and save you money on travel.


How do I purchase a conference ticket?

Tickets will go on sale via Eventbrite at a later time. Last year’s conference sold out in <16 hours, so we encourage early purchases.


Why is this year earlier than last year?

Based on feedback, we have decided to hold 2023’s conference three weeks earlier than 2022. We hope this avoids unbearable cold temperatures.


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

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


Will I get CE’s for attending?

Of course! Though CME’s for physicians is currently unavailable.


How many attendees will be there?

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?

Due to being grossly under-utilized, shuttles will offered as a LIMITED ticket add-on. We recommend utilizing car rental services, ride-share, and/or carpooling, if you are unable to purchase.


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. That’s right – 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.


What will I eat and drink?

Potable water is available on site. Additionally, lunch and dinner are provided on both education days. We will TRY to 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 can be sourced locally and/or 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. (Please refer to the Purchase Agreement regarding dismissal.) 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. Our focus is less on appearance and more on practicality.


Where will I go to the restroom?

Portable restrooms are available on site.


Where will I shower?

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


What will I do after each day?

The fun and networking never stops! 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! Activities such as corn hole are available.


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 on our social media and provide some protective measures to assist comfort levels in the event of said weather, but come prepared.


Can I bring my pet?

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


How can my company get involved?

Contact us directly at for all sponsorship 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 #CAL23 hashtag!

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