Editorial Staff

Senior Medical Director Frank Hubbell, DO is responsible for much of the content of the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, but he has far too much to do with his medical clinic at the Saco River Medical Group in Conway, NH, with his responsibilities as Medical Director at Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, and sitting on the medical board of New Hampshire Medical Directors, and as co-founder of TMC Books LLC, so we haven’t told him yet.

Senior Editor and Grammarian Lee Frizzell takes the time to read through all all this stuff to make sure that we spill, spoil, speel, spell everything correctly. She claims there are not enough hours in the day, etc. to correct the errors, but she does her best.

Consulting Editor Gordon Giesbrecht, PhD is a professor of thermophysiology and the Director of the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He has authored over 100 articles on cold physiology. An excellent speaker and educator, considering the number of times he has been intentionally hypothermic, he also has a great sense of humor. He has been known to refer to the lower 48 states of the US as “the Canadian provinces still occupied by those Americans.”

Consulting Editor Murray Hamlet, DVM is reputed to be one of the foremost experts in hypothermia, frostbite, and nonfreezing cold injuries. Retired, but working harder than ever, Murray spent 32 years at the Army Research Institute in Environmental Medicine (ARIEM) in Natick, Massachusetts studying the limits of human physiology. He defined and refined the techniques that we use today in rescuing and treating cold injury patients. He is a very popular and informative speaker always in great demand. His remarkable sense of humor is reflected in things such as “Hamlet’s postulates,” a list of “wise” statements like, “they are not dead until warm and dead, unless, of course, they’re dead.”

Publisher, Art Director, and Illustrator T.B.R. “Ted” Walsh started as the illustrator at TMC Books LLC, which he helped to found. He likes to tell people that he was “drawn into” publishing. He has taught for SOLO for twenty-six years, and can still occasionally be dragged into the classroom. He has illustrated twelve books and is a contributing illustrator for the magazine Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors.


Paul “ Mac” MacMillan, AEMT is the Education Director at Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities. With a Masters in Education and course work completed toward his PhD, he has been a New Hampshire public school teacher, football coach; vice principal, school principle, and school superintendent. In addition, he has over 30 years of active service in EMS and backcountry rescue. Mac is also in charge of SOLO International programs.
JEFF TOORISH NREMT-P, WEMT, GeoMEDIC, I/C —A, is a SOLO Instructor, advanced SCUBA Instructor and adjunct faculty member at Southern Maine Community College where he teaches EMS. He has a background in archaeological and biological research expeditions. He is trained in underwater search and rescue and water rescue. He is a past president of the ADM Exploration Foundation.
Lee Lang works during the summer as a Protection Ranger in Yosemite National Park.  His duties include both front and back country patrol in the White Wolf area.  A SOLO instructor, Lee also has an extensive record in Search and Rescue and is currently starting his 6th year as a Director for the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and is an active member of ASTM where he has served as the lead on more than 7 national standards for search and rescue.  Lee’s origins are from the world of science, where he had worked as a bench top scientist in the area of molecular and cellular biology.

Preston B. Cline is the president of Adventure Incorporated, www.adventureincorporated.com, a company providing Risk Management Consultation to adventure education  programs worldwide. Preston, a former W-EMT and SOLO instructor is trained in Marine Search and Rescue.


Eben Widlund, EMT a senior instructor for SOLO,has been involved with SOLO for over a decade. He is a curriculum reviewer who currently resides in Vermont and teaches for St. Michael’s College in Burlington. His wife Chris is a massage therapist and a reformed SOLO instructor as well.

Brad L. Bennett, PhD, NREMT-P, WEMT, FAWM

Is a Captain, US Navy (Ret.); Member on the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, SOLO Wilderness Medicine Instructor; member of the Virginia Tidewater Search & Rescue, and Secretary of the Wilderness Medical Society.

 Jeff DeBellis is a writer and educator based in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. He has a masters degree in geography and teaches courses for SOLO, The Mountain Institute, and Future Generations Graduate School. He is also a member of the Pendleton County (WV) Rescue Squad.

Brandon Munsell NREMT-P , WEMT-P, SOLO Instructor

S.Peter Lewis, as well as being a book author and newspaper writer, is a former editor, designer, and contributor for the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter. I Past years he was the Executive Director of the American Mountain Guides Association.