This 5 day course will be divided equally between expedition skills and medical skills.
Expedition skills will include extended rope skills workshops, hard ice and glacier skills, search and rescue techniques and a 2 day expedition where we’ll trek to the volcanic Eyjafjallajökull Mountain and camp overnight in the Fimmvörðuháls area.
Through the course, we will deliver short, focused lectures delivering essential content which will be built upon, enhanced and challenged through intense case-based scenarios. As groups, we will discuss and evaluate performance allowing us to enhance our skills through each scenario.
Both medical and expedition content is integrated to replicate the challenge of real expeditions, help shape your thought processes and enable you to function in extreme and resource poor environments.
This course will be intense, challenging, adventurous and rewarding. It will develop highly robust expedition medics enabling you to confidently take on challenging expedition roles.
We recommend this course to anyone who has taken part in an expedition medicine course before, or someone who has previous expedition experience and is looking to combine this with their clinical skills.
It is estimated this course will attract 30 hours CPD from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).
- Hypothermia and cold injury
- Altitude illness
- Trauma assessment, treatment and packaging in cold mountain setting
- Long bone and pelvic fracture management
- Head injury
- Suspension injury
- Case-based simulation exercises
Content will focus on the use of high fidelity in situ simulation allowing delegates to practise skills in combination. Iceland can present challenging weather conditions, we will embrace these allowing this to add to the intensity and realism of scenarios.
- knots fx (figure 8, bowline, clove hitch, munter hitch, mule hitch, pruski, flat overhand, double fisherman's, alpine butterfly and klemheist (machard))
- coiling rope, and rope information.
Hard Ice - glacier activities
- Risk assessment (matrix)
- Risk management
- Decision making
- Group management
- Route finding and navigation
- Outdoor leadership discussion
- Cravasse rescue (buddy and self-rescue)
- Ice anchors
- Crampon use
- Amateur Iceclimbing techniques, icetools use
- Belaying techniques
Volcano Hike expedition - Two days, including camping on Eyjafjallajökull
- The use of practical skills mentioned above plus other outdoor leadership approaches, group behaviour, weather discussion and avalanche terrain.
- Roping up (glacier and alpine)
- Rope travel (syncing glacier travel)
Search and rescue scenario