An inspiration to us all, we are delighted to have Captain Lou Rudd join us for this years’ WEMski mini-conference fresh from his epic expedition of crossing Antarctica solo in an unsupported and unassisted gruelling 920-mile journey lasting 56 days – a remarkable achievement!
With a career in the British Army, and as a qualified military ski instructor and Arctic warfare instructor, Lou is no stranger to extreme cold weather environments, but it would take an extraordinary amount of determination, mental and physical willpower to take on and complete such a dangerous expedition. No less so, because this expedition was personal, Lou was undertaking this expedition in memory of his close friend and explorer Henry Worsley, who died attempting an unassisted solo trip just 30 miles short of completing the record solo crossing in 2016.
Stretched to the limits and showing a mental resilience one can only imagine in one of nature’s most inhospitable environments, Lou pushed the boundaries of human endurance hauling a 140kg sled through wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and freezing temperatures below minus-40 degrees – all conditions he had trained for in the months prior, but still none the less brutal. It was the mental aspect that was a little harder to prepare for, so to alleviate the long weeks of solitude and to have a human voice in his head, Lou took comfort in listening to audio books including Winston Churchill and other biographies as well as listening to a 1980’s music playlist with the likes of Bono and Bruce Springsteen.
Mental health and the ability to deal with working in stressful environments is one of the main themes and discussions taking place throughout our week at WEMski and they don’t come more extreme than a solo trek across Antarctica. We can’t wait to hear Lou share his unique experiences with the delegates at WEMski where he’ll inspire and provide a unique insight into the clinical psychology of leadership, teamwork and the coping mechanisms he’s used when in extreme situations. It is these skills that medical professionals can then transfer to their everyday working life be they in the hospital environment or on an expedition.
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