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Media Release March 2019

In February, the international Adventurers and Explorers Guild (AEG) designated registered nurse, writer, and adventurer Bryan Simon as a Master Fellow.

Master Fellowship is the highest recognition bestowed by the Guild, and Mr Simon is the first registered nurse to receive this designation.

Mr Simon is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a former U.S. Army infantry officer and a graduate of the US Army Ranger School. After an injury in 2003, he left the military to pursue other goals. He is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor (SPI), a Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and holds a Diploma in Mountain Medicine from the UIAA. He is a graduate of Radford University, has studied clinical nutrition at Cornell University, and has earned a master's degree in Mountain Medicine through the University of Leicester (UK).

Further to this, Mr Simon is the senior editor for the American Alpine Club's yearly guide, Accidents in North American Climbing, serves on the editorial board for the journal, Nursing, and is the climbing medicine columnist for the magazine, Wilderness Medicine. He writes on a variety of subjects related to wilderness and climbing medicine and his work has been featured in magazines and journals such as Climbing, Dead Point Magazine, Emergency Medicine News, and Critical Care Nursing. He has also written Hiking and Biking in the New River Gorge: A Trail User’s Guide, First Aid Kits for Home and Auto: Essential Gear to Survive until Help Arrives, Adventure! A Kids' Guide to the New River Gorge, and Animals of the New River Gorge.

Mr Simon has climbed around the world and has participated in rescues domestically and abroad. In addition to his work with Vertical Medicine Resources, he serves on the board of directors for the non-profits Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) and the New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC) and is an adjunct professor of nursing at Salem University. Mr Simon is also the recipient of the 2014 Warren D. Bowman Award presented for contributions in service to wilderness medicine and to the Wilderness Medical Society.

Mr Simons life long dedication to exploration and adventure, and his commitment to developing wilderness medicine confirm his confirmation as a Master Fellow is a well deserved achievement.

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