Chamonix calling! Expedition Medicine 22-26 January 2018

As the leaves fall in the UK we’re awaiting news of snow falling in the Alps! We’ve just published a punchy 10 reasons to attend WMT’s flagship Expedition Medicine course in Chamonix (and there are many more reasons!). Read the full CHAMONIX CALLING! newsletter or the 10 headings below.
1. The broad scope of the programme
2. Easy and cheap access to Chamonix
3. Academic accreditation
4. Free snowsports time
5. Expert tuition
6. Career advice and Kilimanjaro expedition opportunities
7. The skiing
8. Accommodation options
9. Local services and ski hire
10. Incredibly eye opening and no doubt will change my life. This is the insight I have been needing and waiting for. 2017 delegate

Far From Help Part 2 in Grasmere report

Last weekend saw a small, select group of WMT’s hardcore alumni return for Advanced Medicine refresher training and FFH Part 2 re-certification. Delegates included Woodsmoke’s Ben McNut, Ross Bowyer – just off again to work as safety officer to the TV ISLAND show in Panama, veteran school expedition leader Chris Boardman plus academics and other expedition leaders. Thanks to Medical Director Dr Harvey Pynn for leading this course.

Morocco expedition report

WMT’s Morocco Mountain Medicine Expedition 23-29 September was another great success with all delegates and staff (35) reaching the summit of Mt. Toubkal 4167m safely on 27 September in unseasonably cold and snowy conditions. Delegates travelled from Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and Australia to attend. The course kicked off with a special surprise – a briefing from the new British Ambassador to Morocco, Mr Thomas Reilly and it was all uphill from there! This year we asked delegates to bring a donation of used, high quality children’s winter clothing. An estimated 50kg of goods was collected and handed over to our local venue Kasbah partners for distribution to needy mountain children. Thanks to all those who joined us and the WMT teaching team – Dr Dan Morris, Dr Duncan Gray, Dr Charlotte Verney, MIC/IML Nigel Williams and Barry Roberts. See delegate Ricardo Gabriel’s well written blog about his experience including GPS tracklogs of the acclimatisation hikes. See more photos at WMT’s Instagram page. We’ll next be back in Morocco 29 September to 5 October 2018.

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.