A brand new course is added to the growing stable of iconic Expedition & Wilderness Medicine courses
Join us on a 6 day CME accredited Wilderness Medicine and Glacier Safety Skills course set in stunning southern Iceland led by Dr Freer who is the Medical Director of Yellowstone National Park, ex President of the Wilderness Medical Society and subject of the documentary ‘Everest ER’ which features her work running the field hospital at Everest Base Camp.
The course is based in southern Iceland in the Thorsmörk area and teaches not only the principles of wilderness medicine presented by one its acknowledged experts but also glacier safety and travelling on ice.
The outline program;
Day 1 – Reykjavik – Country hotel Fljótshlið. You will be picked up from outside the City Centre Hotel* in Reykjavik @ 10.00 am. Then we will then drive you for couple of hours to your hotel base in the backcountry for the next few days. Introduction for the weeks activities and plans. Evening lecture.
Day 2 – Altitude illness – Canyoning – hard ice skills – bites and stings. Canyoning is only 15 min away from the base Hotel Fljótshlíð, beautiful canyon and we will use dry suites to enter the water. An ideal location to learn about tough evacuation from accident.
We will then drive after lunch to the glacier Sólheimajökull and do hard ice skills, topics covered will include glaciology, anchors, basic use of ice tools, amateur iceclimb and crevasse rescue technics. Then we arrive at the base camp around 19.00 have dinner and lecture in the evening.
Day 3 – Wilderness wound management – Roping up for glacier travels – tindfjöll trek – wild animals attacks. We will start the morning with a lecture then put into practice some of our learnings by practicing roping up for glacier travels. Super jeeps will then take us to the base of the volcano Tindfjöll (900m). We will trek to the volcanoes summit, it´s approx 6 km in total but takes around 5-6 hours depending on the conditions. It’s a rugged glacier terrain with a steep walk to reach the top, great practice location for applying our newly learnt mountaineering skills. When we get back approx 18.00 we have time for lecture after the dinner.
Day 4 – Backcountry medical kits – Mýrdalsjökull IceCap traverse – staying at fimmvörðuháls hut (or camp) – Backcountry water disinfection. This is the physical day, we will do an amazing Icecap traverse which is approx 24 km to the Þórsmörk mountain reserve hut . This day is weather and conditions dependent. The route profile will start at about 900 meters ascending to 1350 meters and descending again to 1000 meters.
Day 5 – The interpersonal Features of group travel – trek to Thorsmörk mountain reserve – wilderness ophthalmology – dinner and farewell – overnight at Þórsmörk mountain reserve hut or camp.. The Walk from the hut takes approx 5 hours and we would go passed the two craters that opened up in 2010. There are really nice colors in the new mountain and might still have steam coming up from it. From there we walk down to Thorsmörk valley witch is one of the most beautiful walks in the country, amazing scenery when you go into the Glacier valley.
Day 6 – Management of fractures & dislocations – Thorsmörk hike 2 hours – Expedition Medicine – Moving to Reykjavik in the afternoon. Course ends at City Centre Hotel at 18.00 approx.
An early bird discount of £50 is available to end of the November 2013. Terms & Conditions apply. Not combinable with any other promotions and valid only on new bookings
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