Expedition Skills

Outline & essential info

Expedition Skills is a unique camping based multi-disciplinary programme run over 5 days and delivered by WMT and Wild Human at a remote, lake-side camp (close to Windermere) in the Lake District, England. You’ll learn expedition-proven skills ranging from bushcraft and forest living techniques (first 3 days) to wilderness medicine (last 2 days – WMT’s Expedition Medic module). No previous camping or expedition experience is required. It’s an immersive, detailed and fun camping based and sociable experience. This in-depth course is aimed at aspiring expedition doctors and OHPs.

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What’s broadly covered on Expedition Skills?

The course days are divided as follows:
Wild Human forest and jungle training & expedition preparation – first 3 days (arrive 10am)
– WMT Expedition Medic module – days 4-5 (close at 4pm)

The Expedition Skills Team

It takes a big team of experts to deliver a course of this breadth and calibre. Wild Human’s Ben McNutt will lead the first part of the course and hia team will manage the camp and catering. Ben is a brilliant instructor with an impressive expedition CV. The final medical module is delivered by WMT instructors. The breadth of the course is matched by the seamlessness in the manner in which it’s delivered.

Modular content

Module 1 – Wild Human training

Campcraft: pitching a light weight expedition style base camp
• Camp-site selection
• Base-camp equipment selection
• Establishing base camp
• Building group latrines
• Minimum impact toilet protocols
• Health hygiene & sanitation
• Camp routines and protocols
• Water & fuel storage
• Stoves & lanterns
• Expedition kitchen set-up

Expedition shelters: personal/group shelters, rope-work, environmental considerations
• Rope types
• Rope coiling and storage
• Rope throwing
• Essential knots
• Tensioning systems and rope pulleys
• Group shelters – parachutes, tarps, shade nets
• Personal shelter systems – Bashas, bivies, hammocks & tents
• Personal equipment selection

Fire: safety considerations, environmental impact, expedition considerations
• Fire safety – choosing a fire site, extinguishing & clearing fire sites
• Principles of wood selection
• Burning properties of different woods
• Fire starting
• Establishing a fire & fire lays
• Environmentally specific techniques & low impact considerations

Expedition cooking
• Butchering a fish/small mammal/bird
• Fire management for cooking
• Trail-breads
• Food considerations for the trail/base camp/vehicle

Water safety
• The body’s reliance on water & avoiding dehydration
• Finding Water – environmental considerations
• Selection of source – environmental considerations
• Water indicators – environmental considerations
• Collecting and transporting water – environmental considerations
• Potential dangers in water supplies
• Water purification

Module 2 – Expedition Medic – days 4-5

Expedition Skills has proved very popular with medics as it provides an intensive and broad expedition skills platform from which to pursue an expedition role. Expedition Medic combines essential medical content together with other useful “field skills” not covered by Wild Human. Expedition Medic was completely revised in 2014 to combine the most essential topics and skill training from our Mountain Medicine and Jungle Medicine 2-day courses.

Target audience

Doctors of all grades, nurses, medical students, paramedics and OHPs are welcome to attend. No prior camping or expedition experience is required. Whether you are flirting with the idea of accompanying a team up Kilimanjaro, jungle trekking, pimping your expedition CV or simply want a fun, inspiring educational course, Expedition Skills will satisfy your aims and open your eyes to expedition medicine and the possibilities for travel using your medical and field skills.

What’s covered on Expedition Medic?

This is a busy two days with loads of practical sessions, group work, lectures and case discussions. See the detailed outline programme below and the note on what’s covered in the course manual you’ll receive. To avoid repetition, full week delegates will receive master-class sessions instead of some of the practical Expedition Medic sessions.

Medic course manual – what’s covered?

We issue the same comprehensive Medic course manual on ALL WMT Medic courses so there is a lot of “bonus” material in addition to what is specifically covered on any particular course syllabus. For example, there are extensive notes on diverse topics such as cold/heat injury, altitude sickness, tropical medicine, expedition dentistry, diving medicine, swift water rescue and other topics that might not be covered on a 2-day WMT course.

CPD

We estimate that Expedition Medic is valid for at least 12 CPD hours and the full course for 30 CPD credits.

Fees

The course fee is fully inclusive of meals, camping and materials, use of specialist group equipment, course notes/manuals and all instruction. VAT is also included. Personal camping equipment (sleeping bags and tent etc) is required but not included.