Hathersage is set to host five days of mountain medicine workshops this June, with the return of the BMC Mountain Medicine Weekend kicking things off.
Now in its third year, the BMC Mountain Medicine Weekend offers climbers, hill walkers, mountaineers and skiers the chance to receive first aid training from mountain medicine experts.
Spend Saturday and/or Sunday (9-10 June) learning new skills through a series of one hour workshops, and join us for beer and a BBQ on Saturday evening whilst mountain medicine legend Dr Jim Duff (Everest SW Face and the International Porter Protection Group) talks high altitude first aid.
Led by our team of top instructors (with backgrounds ranging from mountain rescue to expedition work), the workshops require no prior medical knowledge and are open to anyone with an interest in the outdoors. For BMG, AMI, BAIML or MTA members, there are CPD points up for grabs (1 CPD point per day attended).
Each day will include five one hour workshops (see below for choice of topics), which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Saturday (9 June) - UK Mountains
Road traffic collisions
Splints, dressings and packaging
Hypothermia prevention and treatment
UK first aid kits and communications
UK mountain activities with pre-existing conditions
Medical aspects of work with youth groups
Lyme Disease and other bugs
Human factors in mountain medicine
Sunday (10 June) - High altitude, Alps and beyond
Frostbite and non-freezing cold injury (NFCI)
Expedition medical kits
Mountaineering with pre-existing conditions
Trekking with children
Hyperbaric bags and pulse oximeters
Human factors in mountain medicine
On Sunday evening, Dr Jim Duff will give a 20 minute demonstration of a PAC bag in Hathersage Memorial Hall. Be sure not to miss this!
Workshops will run between 9.30am-5.30pm each day (in and around Hathersage, Peak District), with registration taking place between 8.30-9.30am on both Saturday and Sunday (next to the Outside car park).
BBQ, beer and Dr Jim Duff talk
A BBQ and beer will be provided on Saturday evening (free to all attendees but donations welcome). This is your chance to chill out, ask any questions and discuss the day's activities.
After food, we'll be joined by mountain medicine legend Dr Jim Duff for a talk on high altitude first aid in Hathersage Memorial Hall.
Dr Jim Duff was doctor on Sir Chris Bonington's 1975 Everest expedition, which saw the first ascent of the Southwest face, as well as on the Australian first ascent of the Everest North face in 1984. On top of expeditions to Changabang (1976), K2 (1978) and Shivling Kedar Dome (1986), Dr Jim Duff developed the PAC (hyperbaric chamber) and is the author of Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine. In 1997, Jim founded the International Porter Protection Group, which aims to improve safety and health for porters working in the mountains for the trekking industry.
Dr Jim Duff running in during the lull of Stewart Island, New Zealand.
Donations from Dr Jim Duff's talk will go to the International Porter Protection Group.
Food, accommodation, travel and parking
Food and accommodation are not provided as part of the course. We'd like to encourage people to make use of local accommodation, pubs, etc.
There are several hotels, B&Bs, pubs and a YHA in Hathersage itself, and the North Lees campsite is around 2 miles from Hathersage centre.
Please use public transport or car share wherever possible, as parking in Hathersage is limited. We request that attendees do not park in the car park at Outside during the day, as this is reserved for shop patrons.
Single day tickets cost just £75. Weekend tickets are priced at £110.
We're offering a £15 discount for students and the unemployed. Proof of status will be required upon booking.
Profits and donations will go towards BMC Expedition funding.
Following the BMC Mountain Medicine Weekend, medics are invited to stay on for an advanced Diploma in Mountain Medicine course (11-12 June).
Organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the course entails two days of talks, discussions and workshops for all those interested in mountain medicine. Day one will focus on helping youngsters get the most out of the mountains, whereas the second day will look at the prevention and treatment of limb injuries in the mountains. The cost of each day will be £75. This includes lunch and evening meal.
If you are sticking around in the Peak, be sure to check out the launch of the British Mountain Medicine Society. The day-long launch event (13 June), entitled “Surviving the death zone”, will see experts in extreme altitude discuss problems and solutions encountered when heading to the highest peaks in the world.
Places on BMC workshops are not guaranteed until payment has been received. Places are also limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
A certificate of attendance will be offered to all attendees, but no formal qualification will be given.
Cancellations within 14 days of the course starting will not be eligible for a refund.
Cancellations 15-28 days prior to the course starting will get a 50% refund.
Cancellations more than 28 days prior to the course starting get a full refund.
If the course is cancelled by the BMC a full refund will be offered.
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