Expedition symposium 2009 report

Posted by Nick Colton on 08/11/2009
Stu McAleese leads the symposium

Over the weekend of 7-8 November 2009 Plas y Brenin hosted a Mountaineering, Climbing and Trekking Expedition Symposium. It was for all those interested in undertaking an expedition, at any level, anywhere in the world.

The symposium for over-subscribed with 100 attendees. 

The weekend started with a really inspiring illustrated lecture on the Friday evening by James McHaffie on Madagasgar and Alpine rock climbing.

The symposium itself featured a dazzling selection of workshops delivered by 30 MTT staff and hand picked expedition experts on Saturday and Sunday.  These included:

  • The team and style - Olly Sanders
  • Remote first aid - Rimon Than
  • Women's isues - Rocio Siemens
  • Staying healthy - Dr Juliette Kemp and Dr Olly Kemp
  • Where and when to go - Jon 'Spike' Green and Nick Colton
  • Expedition planning and logistics - Olly Sanders
  • Glacial travel - Paul Warnock
  • Water hazards and river crossing - Dino Heald
  • Big wall climbing - Mark Reeves
  • Going lightweight - Kenton Cool
  • Expedition photography and film - Ray Wood
  • GPS masterclass - Carlo Forte
  • Emergency use of ropes for trekkers - Helen Teasdale
  • Sport climbing trips - James McHaffie
  • Power sources - Dino Heald and Pete Robertson
  • Cooking in the Mountains - Rocio Siemens
  • Emergency procedures - Rimon Than
  • Dealing with altitude - Dr Juliette Kemp and Kenton Cool
  • DMM equipment - Chris Rowlands
  • Lyon Equipment - Pete Robertson
  • Mountain Equipment - Rich Talbot
  • Applying for grants - Nick Colton BMC

On the Saturday evening Kenton Cool gave an awesome illustrated talk that featured many of the issues discussed at the symposium through the various expeditions and the seven times he has summited Everest.

The atmosphere at the symposium was fantastic with superlatives being heard at every turn.

The symposium was abley fronted by Stu McAleese assisted by Pete Catterall



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