Autumn 2017 Newsletter

In this punchy newsletter there is news about research opportunities, event announcements, academic accreditation of WMT courses, grants for ski mountaineering training, the legendary Chamonix January Expedition Medicine course and much more. Read it now.

Expedition Skills post course report

July was very busy with two Expedition Skills courses running in the sunny Lake District in partnership with Woodsmoke, headed by Ben McNutt. Many thanks to all who attended and to all instructors and camp staff who make it all look easy! 2018 dates coming soon.

Expedition Skills course group 1 – July 2017

Expedition Skills course group 2 – July 2017

The camp tarn – credit Richard Mansfield

Ben McNutt instructing on machete use

Latest Chamonix course report

Last week saw 60 international medics – doctors, nurses, paramedics and med students (and 1 layman!) descend on Chamonix during a heat wave with temps topping 32 degrees to join WMT’s 2nd biggest course of the year – Expedition Medicine and Field Skills. Scorchio! The programme was busy and intense and much enjoyed and praised by all – “Fantastic, enthusiastic faculty, just the right amount of medicine covered and I loved the practical hands on aspect to the majority of the course. Really inspired me to pursue career opportunities in expedition medicine!” wrote one delegate. The bivouac at 2300m was a highlight for many – the pictures below suggest why (though we did get a 20 minute intense hail storm as the clouds boiled over late in the afternoon). Thanks to everyone who attended and our great teaching team – Harvey Pynn, Lucy Obolensky, Nigel Williams, Barry Roberts, Charlotte Verney, Luc Bellon and Carron Crimgeour. This course (and the winter Expedition Medicine course) now count towards a PG Cert in Global & Remote Health from Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry. We’ll formally be announcing details of this partnership soon. Exciting stuff. Summer 2018 dates are now live – 18-22 June. Join us!


Budding expedition medics?!

WMT recently spent time with Selside School, Kendal teaching first aid in preparation for the year 5/6 camping trip which involves some unaccompanied walking. They learned about scene safety, ABC’s, keeping patients warm and calling 999. One key lesson was – “no horseplay!”. Here they are proudly displaying their special WMT certificates. Nice kids.

Expedition Medic course survives Cumbria’s weather!

Last weekend’s course group in Grasmere dodged some serious weather to learn about wilderness medicine and practice navigation, camp craft, rope work and other essential field skills. We even made some very tasty “bannock”. Feedback comment: “Enjoyed enthusiastic and straightforward style with informal advice crammed full of wisdom. Very enjoyable.”
We still have two more Expedition Medic courses coming up 15-16 and 29-30 July (also in the Lake District) and the Mountain Medicine weekend in Grasmere 9-10 Sept.

Advanced Medicine course at Glenmore Lodge

We recently welcomed an amazing group of explorers to Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore for Advanced Medicine, Far From Help and Far From Help Part 2/Advanced Refresher. Delegates included solo polar explorers, conservationists, disaster relief workers, private travellers, teachers, climbers, an international authority on white-water rescue and many more thorough interesting and highly engaged students. Thanks to instructors Dr Harvey Pynn, Dr Duncan Grey, Dr Jamie Goodhart and Dr Charlotte Richardson. The Lodge as always were excellent hosts and the catering was very much appreciated – thanks Matt. WMT will be back at Glenmore 25-28 November to deliver the same courses.

Mountain Medicine 9-10 Sept update – Dr Paddy Morgan lead instructor

WMT is pleased to confirm that the popular and incredibly experienced Dr Paddy Morgan will be the lead medical instructor for this intense mountain-themed Medic weekend in Grasmere, The Lake District 9-10 Sept (accommodation included Friday night). Paddy’s bio summary is below. Read more about Paddy and the course at this web page.
Paddy is an Anaesthetic Consultant in Southmead Hospital (Major Trauma Centre for Severn Area) and Critical Care Doctor with Great Western Air Ambulance. He has worked for the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service Cymru and as technical rope and flood rescue technician with Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue. Paddy has undertaken expeditions to Greenland, Africa (north, west and east) and medical support expeditions in Europe and South America. He has been medical advisor to various expedition endurance projects including the “Bristol (children’s) English Channel Swim”, “Virgin Global Row” and the “Engelandvaarder – North Sea Kayak” expedition. He instructs on numerous trauma, anaesthesia, critical care, human factors and resuscitation courses both in-hospital and the pre-hospital environment. In addition, he has authored several book chapters, and international position statements on these subjects. Including the 2nd edition of the OUP Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.

2nd Expedition Skills course added 10-16 July 2017 – Lake District

Due to great demand (the late July course is already sold out) we have added 10-16 July dates to the planner. The final module (of 3) is Expedition Medic so the full week is geared to Medics but non-medics and medic alumni can join in for a special 5-day option (Monday to Friday). Or just join us for the WMT taught Expedition Medic module 15-16 July. Full details on the Expedition Skills-Medic web page. This is an awesome camping based week that covers bush craft, bush mechanic training and more plus a WMT module with a mountain and tropical medical flavour and practical field skills training. Refresh and relax in our wild tarn between lessons!