We’ve brought together a fantastic team of individuals for our unforgettable Desert Medicine course taking place in Oman this January; all with an amazing wealth of experience across the world’s deserts. They will be sharing their extensive knowledge and skills to give you a comprehensive understanding of how to lead and provide medical cover on desert expeditions.
Meet this highly specialised team who will be delivering an unrivalled syllabus of content:
Sean Hudson MBE, Co-founder and Director of World Extreme Medicine
As a former Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the first person in the UK to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, Sean is the perfect person to lead our Desert Medicine course. Using his impressive knowledge and advanced expedition experience, Sean has ensured this will be an adventure you will never forget!
Sean has been involved in a wide variety of expeditions over the last 20 years, from trekking across the Darien Gap and the Thar Desert, to working as a trekking guide and Chief Medic for Raleigh International in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Plus, in 2016 he was the medical lead for the expedition ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’, the first ever crossing of the Rub Al Khali; the largest sand desert on earth and one of the hottest, driest, most inhospitable and loneliest places on earth.
In 2002, Sean co-founded Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (now known as World Extreme Medicine), which seeks to provide comprehensive training for medical professionals working as expedition medical officers in a variety of extreme and remote environments; and in 2004 Sean became a medical consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working throughout the Middle East.
Sean and has been exploring and working in desert environments throughout his career and in 2017, he was awarded an MBE as Co-founder of World Extreme Medicine and Medical Lead, UKMed, Cumbria for services to Providing Medical Aid and Education.
Alex Bamford, Military Doctor (Royal Marines)
Originally trained as a physiotherapist, Alex went on to study medicine and is now a doctor in the Royal Navy, spending the last few years serving as a Royal Marine Clinician. Having developed a taste for endurance sport, including running through the Amazon for Men’s Fitness Magazine as part of their ultra-marathon team, Alex is no stranger to challenging environments and extreme medicine.
It was during an ultra-marathon through the Namib desert when he developed rhabdomyolysis, the breakdown of damaged skeletal muscle, that Alex first became curious about the field of wilderness and extreme medicine and has since led him to become involved in the medical support of events in the UK and abroad.
Alex joins our team having completed the 2017 British Trans-Americas Expedition, a six-man military expedition that rode from Ushuaia, Argentina to Prudhoe Bay in Alaska on CCM GP450s. As the medical officer on this incredible 20,000-mile motorcycle record attempt, Alex was responsible for the planning and execution of the medical component of this expedition. From managing a whole team with altitude sickness in the remote Bolivian Andes to being hit by a car in the murder capital of the world, the trip was certainly eventful and put his wilderness medical skills to the test. Over our 6-day course, Alex will share his experiences and lessons learnt from planning and executing remote overland travel.
Mohammed Al-Zadjali, Outward Bound Oman Deputy General Manager
Mohammed and his team at Outward Bound Oman will be running the logistical elements of our Desert Medicine course.
Having spent much of his time instructing and leading groups of people on challenging journeys across the desert, Mohammed knows the stunning Sharqiya Sands like the back of his hand and will be using his skills to lead the group across the immense sand dunes on a linear path leading them back to base camp.
Mohammed was also part of the amazing expedition team (alongside Sean Hudson and Mark Evans) who recreated the 1930 journey led by British explorer Bertram Thomas. The 2015 ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’ expedition traced the route taken by Bertram and his team, a journey of 1,300 kilometres, across the biggest sand desert on earth. In keeping with the original expedition this challenging journey was conducted solely by foot and camel train; negotiating sandstorms, unforgivable desert landscapes and combatting the scorching heat.
Mark Evans MBE, Executive Director of Outward Bound Oman
With twenty-two years spent living and travelling extensively across Arabia, Mark brings an incredible knowledge of exploration and an unrivalled knowledge of the area, particularly in Oman. It was his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for exploration and education that led him to set up Outward Bound Oman in 2009, our base for this Desert Medicine course.
His incredible achievements include completing an 80-day camel expedition, a 49-day crossing of the Rub Al Khali, a 55-day 1,700 km solo kayak journey along the entire coastline of Oman from Musandam to Yemen, and extensive remote 4×4 journeys throughout Saudi Arabia and Oman.
In 2011 Mark was awarded the MBE for his work using expeditions to promote intercultural understanding between young people from western and Arab cultures. Mark is a fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, and The Royal Geographical Society in London and in 2018 was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
Join us in January 2020; learn with this incredibly experienced and knowledgeable team, and be part of something amazing. Book your place today!
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