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Fancy Dog Sledding in the Arctic next week?

Due to a family bereavement the expedition medic for one of Across the Divides famous dog sledding charity challenges is looking for an expedition doctor to join its expedition team

If you are interest please contact Mark Howlett at Across the Divide by phone 01460 30456 or email –


MEDIC NEED FOR BRAZIL | 26TH September to 19th October

Expedition doctor needed at short notice on salaried position with full logistical backup and satellite communications infrastructure to provide remote medical cover and working with a small group on a building project site constructing a much needed community school in the remote village of Forte, about 90 km from Alto Paraíso beside the Chapada dos Vaedeiros National Park in the Brasilia region.

if you are interested please contact…

Across the Divide CSR Projects


Marine magazine features Expedition Medicine director

Expedition Medicine co-founder, Mark Hannaford, featured in this months ‘Waveform’ – a great read anyway regardless of his presence!


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Our highly experienced team provide the expertise, equipment and enthusiasm required to work in some of the world’s most challenging environments.  To find out more, browse the what we do pages.

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Medic needed for Brussels to Frankfurt cycling trip

Staff start and finish in London

An event medic is required 0900 hours Wednesday 14th July until 1900 hours on Monday 19th July – meet in London and travel to Brussels with rest of staff and then travel home from Frankfurt to London

Pay £300

All accommodation, food, travel to Brussels and return from Frankfurt paid for

Ideally the doctor must be able to cycle each of the four days and bring their own road bike along with them.

Must hold a full driving licence also.

Please contact  as soon as possible if you are interested.


Team Amazon complete journey

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has completed a 2,000-mile kayak trip along the Amazon for Sport Relief, supported by Expedition Medicine

The 26-year-old was greeted by cheers and celebratory gunfire as she crossed the finish line in Almerim, Brazil.

Skelton has clocked up 2,010 miles since she set off on her solo journey from Natua in Peru on 20 January.

The BBC star, who had never been in a kayak before training, broke two world records as she became the first woman to paddle the length of the river.

The records – for the longest solo journey by kayak and the longest distance in a kayak in 24 hours by a woman – are awaiting official verification.

The TV presenter paddled about 60 miles a day, six days a week, to reach the target.

 My bottom is bruised, my shoulders are sore and the muscles in my neck are making it hard to differentiate between my head and my shoulders but to be honest I am proud of the war wounds
Helen Skelton

Skelton said of her challenge: “It’s been tough but I’ve had enough highs to make it more than worthwhile.

“I’m very lucky to have amazing people in my life who’ve picked me up when things got hard and most importantly inspired me to carry on.

“My bottom is bruised, my shoulders are sore and the muscles in my neck are making it hard to differentiate between my head and my shoulders but to be honest I am proud of the war wounds.

“I reckon that you shouldn’t shy away from things because they’re tough or you might fail. Get stuck in and you never know where you might end up.”

Blue Peter, which is showing Skelton’s epic journey in two special episodes on 16 and 17 March, hopes her efforts will inspire families across the UK to rise to their own challenge for Sport Relief.

Lucy will be updating us in the next couple of days

But well done to all the team


News just in…Namibia Ultra Marathon completed

We’ve just heard from the Namibia Ultra Marathon race director Steve Clark, that everyone is now back in Swakopmund. Steve said the race was very tough with temperatures getting up to 42 ºc. Winner Darren Roberts was very surprised and shocked to hear he won the race but once it sunk in he was delighted. Tom Adams very nearly caught Darren up at the finish line which made it a nail-biting finish.

Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon Results are as follows:

1st Place – Darren Roberts 20hr 28

2nd Place – Tom Adams 20hr 29

3rd Place – Tom Maguire 21 hr 05

4th Place – Emma Rogan 21 hr 27 – First female to complete the Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon

5th Place – Jerry Haywood 22 hr 30

6th Place – Nick Tidbull 23 hr 17

7th Place – Nicholas Wright 23 hr 45

8th Place – Helen Skelton 23 hr 50 – BBC Blue Peter Presenter

9th Place – Adrian Crossley, Stuart Moore, Kellie Power & Michael Skakesheff 25 hr 07. These guys all crossed the line together holding hands, they were all just outside the 24 hour deadline but all were allowed to finish.

Dr Amy Hughes will when she’s back write up about the medical situations she was faced with on the race and how people coped with the extreme heat.



Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Director visits South Georgia

Black and White view of South Georgia

Black and White view of South Georgia

In March of this year Mark Hannaford was lucky enough to get a fantastic photographic project down to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands with the Scott Polar Research Institute ( ) and the South Georgia Heritage Trust ( ).

Mark tells us about this project, SPRI and the amazing history behind these islands. “Prior to landing I asked a colleague, well known naturalist Dr Peter Cary, if it was realistic to compare South Georgia with the Galapagos Islands and his reply ‘only if you want to downplay South Georgia’. Which surprised me but the islands lived up to and exceeded any expectations that I had.



Essential Healthcare in Ethiopia

Essential Healthcare Amid Dust and Desolation in Southeast Ethiopia by
MSF doctor Anna Greenham who describes work and life in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

“Life in the Somali region of Ethiopia is tough. The rains have failed, food is running out and even the camels are dying of thirst. Add to this a complex armed conflict and you have a recipe for disaster. Nomadic people can’t find water or grazing for their livestock and are forced to travel huge distances to survive. Many have lost everything. Without a livelihood they move to the edge of towns where they live in squalid conditions in very basic shelters, unable to access clean water or food. It is in one of these small rural towns, Wardher, that MSF provides the only reliable health care for a dispersed population of about 40,000 people.



Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Staff Bio: Dr Denny Levett

Denny Levett
Denny Levett is a Specialist Registrar in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at UCL. She is the deputy director of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine at UCL and has extensive experience in expedition medicine.

Denny has research interests in altitude medicine and diving and hyperbaric medicine and is a keen climber and diver.

She was the Expedition medical officer for the Caudwell Xtreme Everest research expedition in 2007 ( responsible for more than 250 climbers, investigators and volunteers in the field. She was also the expedition Deputy Research leader and is currently completing a phd in altitude physiology.

In 2005, Denny worked as a diving and hyperbaric medicine fellow at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia treating divers with decompression sickness. She has spent nine months working as the expedition medical officer on three marine biology diving expeditions in Africa, Fiji and Oman.

Denny has also worked as a Medical Officer for ‘Across the Divide Expeditions’ since 1999. She has accompanied groups on hiking, white water rafting and mountain biking expeditions in remote locations including Guatemala, Nepal, Patagonia, Lapland and Peru.


Polar Medicine's Charity Partners | SAFER

Each of our training courses has a specific charity partner and in the case of our Polar Medicine trainiing course which is held in northern Norway its partner is located at the end of the world in the southern polar region and our money supports the work of Dr Peter Cary and his SubAntarctic Foundation for Ecosystems Research (SAFER).

SubAntarctic Foundation for Ecosystems Research


Recently Expedition Medicine in partnership with Across the Divide Expeditions sponsored the design, printing and shipping of new SAFER T-shirts for enabling better branding of the foundation, a greater sense of identity amongst its field staff and as a fund-raising tool by their sale.

Peter was pretty pleased when they arrived by this really made us giggle;