Expedition Skills – Medical Students

Course outline & key info

Expedition Skills is a unique camping based multi-disciplinary 7-day programme for medical students delivered by WMT and Wild Human at a stunning, lake-side camp in the Lake District, England. You’ll learn a solid set of expedition-proven skills ranging from bushcraft and expedition preparation to bush mechanic training, personal security and GPS navigation and concluding with WMT medical skills training that is largely scenario based. The course is delivered by the UK’s leading training providers in these respective fields. No previous camping or expedition experience is required. It’s an immersive, detailed and fun camping based experience. (Not for doctors – see this option.)

Expedition Skills - Medical students22 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019Book Course - £795 Deposit - £250Lake District, England30 placesDesigned for medical students. Others welcomed.EasyBushcraft, 4x4 mechanics, nav, personal security, scenario based medical moduleSemi-wild forest campTent or hammockAll meals provided

Delegate feedback

Great – all of it. Lots of humour, real examples.
An excellent, informative and useful course. Thank you v. much!
Relaxed and informative – never boring!
Excellent in presenting a lot of content in an interesting way.
Was glad of lots of [teaching] styles.
Superb – good humour & clear instructions.
Handled questions well – good demos.
Loved every minute of it.


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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 2.5 days (arrive noon)
– Bush mechanic training, GPS Navigation and personal security training – days 4-5
– WMT medical module – days 6-7 (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 their team will manage the camp and cooking for the duration. Ben is a brilliant instructor with an impressive expedition CV. The vehicle maintenance, navigation and security components of the course is directed by our seasoned freelance colleagues. The final medical module is delivered by WMT’s 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 – first 2.5 days
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 strategy

Module 2 – Bush mechanic vehicle maintenance, Personal Security & GPS Navigation – days 4-5

Vehicle maintenance is kept at a basic and very accessible level in response to past course feedback. We have a purpose built stripped down vehicle chassis on site that enables students to really get hands on with improvised “bush mechanic” field repairs. Our instructor Stuart and his “machine” gets rave reviews every course and this is an incredibly fun and useful part of the week.

Learn about map datums, waypoints, tracks and routes in the practical GPS session. Our military security expert will teach you some very useful things to help make yourself more aware and safe in foreign, hostile situations.

Module 3 – WMT medical training – days 6-7

The medical module is scenario heavy to give students more hand’s on experience and medical practice. Scenarios cover a range of environments. Short lectures, case discussions and group challenges are also included throughout.

Target audience

This course is designed for medical students. OHPs are welcome to attend but not doctors – see this 5-day option. WMT Explorer course alumni are also welcome (but the medical module does not extend POM authority or satisfy NGB first aid requirements).

Course Director

To be confirmed.


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.