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BMC / BMMS First Aid & Mountain Medicine Weekend

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Hathersage, Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1BB [View in google maps]
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Spend Saturday and/or Sunday learning new skills through a series of one hour workshops, and join us for a beer, BBQ, and talk from BMC Patron and Himalayan legend Mick Fowler on Saturday evening. Find out more and book here: www.thebmc.co.uk/mountain-first-aid-course

Join top doctors for a weekend of UK and high altitude first aid in Hathersage next June.

Now in its fourth year, the BMC/BMMS 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 (8-9 June) learning new skills through our programme of workshops, and join us for a BBQ and talk from BMC Patron and Himalayan legend Mick Fowler on Saturday evening.


This is the second year that this weekend will be run by the British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS) who greatly appreciate the financial, booking and administrative support of the BMC. The BMMS is made up of doctors, paramedics and nurses who are active in the outdoor and expedition field. Many are holders of the UK UIAA/ICAR.ISMM Diploma of Mountain Medicine and it includes active rock climbers, hill walkers, winter climbers, alpinists, skiers, mountain bikers, mountain rescue team members, travel medicine experts, researchers and many with expedition experience up to 8000m. 

Membership is open to medics and laypersons interested in mountain medicine and details of how to apply for membership will be available at the event.

Workshops - new format

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. 

In a change from previous years, all attendees wil follow a set programme throughout the weekend, with a free choice of workshops on the Saturday afternoon in order to tailor the weekend to your interests / requirements.

We are also introducing for the first year Ask the Doctor slots (20 minutes), one to one consultations on anything mountain medicine related, which you can choose in place of one workshop.


Saturday 8th June 2019

08:30 - Registration

0900-1030 - Weekend Introduction Workshop (all attendees)

  • Considering your group- Children and those with long term medical conditions
  • What to do with a sick/injured patient on the hills (Primary survey)
  • Calling for help  

1030-1300 - Morning Workshops (all attendees)

  • Endurance Events- Hyperthermia, Dehydration Nutrition 
  • Limb injuries and splinting


1400-1700 - Afternoon workshops (4 of the following)

  • Dentistry
  • Climbers Hands
  • Lyme's Disease and other bugs
  • Medical and First Aid kits for UK and abroad
  • Water Treatment
  • Ask the Doctor tent (20 minute slot) 

1730 to 1900 - Barbeque (free to all attendees)

1900 - Talk by Mick Fowler

Sunday 9th June 2019

0900 - Registration for those atending Sunday only 

0930-1200 - Morning workshops (all attendees will take 2 of the following in the morning and 2 in the afternoon) 

  • Avalanche medicine
  • Hypothermia, frostbite and NFCI
  • Altitude illness, pulse oximetry and hyperbaric chambers
  • RTC

1200-1400 - Lunch & Ask the Experts (from 12.30 in the Methodist Hall)

1400-1630 - Afternoon workshops (all attendees will take 2 of the following in the morning and 2 in the afternoon) 

  • Avalanche medicine
  • Hypothermia, frostbite and NFCI
  • Altitude illness, pulse oximetry and hyperbaric chambers
  • RTC

1630 - Finish

(Timings throughout the weekend subject to change)

BBQ and Mick Fowler talk

A BBQ 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 entertained by BMC Patron and Himalayan legend Mick Fowler.

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.


For members of the professional mountaineering associations (BMG, AMI, MTA, or BAIML - tbc) there are CPD points available (1 CPD point per day attended). Please provide your MTID at time of booking so these can be allocated.

Booking & Price

The cost of attending is £89 for a single day / £99 for the whole weekend.

There is a discount of £20 per person available for students and unwaged people (please send proof of status when booking).

Please use this form to book your place on the weekend:

For all event enquiries please contact Suzanne Jones.

Profits and donations will be split between BMC Expedition funding and the BMMS.

Please note

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.

Created by Emma Travers on 30/01/2019 15:38:33
Last Amended by Tony Ryan on 26/03/2019 10:17:26