Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Director visits South Georgia

Black and White view of South Georgia

Black and White view of South Georgia

In March of this year Mark Hannaford was lucky enough to get a fantastic photographic project down to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands with the Scott Polar Research Institute (http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk ) and the South Georgia Heritage Trust (http://www.sght.org ).

Mark tells us about this project, SPRI and the amazing history behind these islands. “Prior to landing I asked a colleague, well known naturalist Dr Peter Cary, if it was realistic to compare South Georgia with the Galapagos Islands and his reply ‘only if you want to downplay South Georgia’. Which surprised me but the islands lived up to and exceeded any expectations that I had.

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New Expedition Medicine training course dates

New September dates for UK Expedition Medicine Course in the Lakes

We are happy to announce the dates for our autumn Expedition Medicine course in the Lake District for the 9-12 September 2008 to be held at our training centre at the Barrow House Youth Hostel, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria.

Find out more about the course at the UK expedition medicine training page here

Visit our Expedition Medicine photo gallery here to see more or download an course application form here, but hurry the places are strictly limited.

Desert Medicine Training Course | Namibia

Desert & Wildnerness Medicine Training CourseDr Sean Hudson explains why we’ve chosen Namibia to run our new Desert Medicine Course.

There truly aren’t enough superlatives to describe how beautiful Namibia is. Hence when we came to choose a destination for our new desert medicine course, there was only one possible choice. 

As a group, Expedition Medicine have been working, travelling, holidaying and honeymooning in Namibia for over 10 years. It has a quality which is becoming increasingly rare and difficult to find in Africa. It still remains exotic and predominantly unspoilt, tourism is increasing but slowly. 

The diversity of the country is its strength, whether you yearn for endless deserts, exotic mountains, huge dunes, canyons, rivers, a myriad of game parks or the most remarkable coastline in the whole of Africa, it is all here. All set to the backdrop of German efficiency, which has created a medical infrastructure which can support any expedition. 

Caroline and I first worked in the Namib as guides and medics in 1998 and fell in love with the country. We have returned many times and are very excited about the desert medicine course. It’s a beautiful location, with Brandberg as a backdrop, and the opportunity to encounter the remarkably adapted desert elephants which often can be found in the Uhab River. 

The team are quite exceptional, and I can’t wait to learn from them and their vast experience, in this and other desert environments around the world. If you want to camp in one of the oldest deserts in the world, in the shadow of a mountain which has been a refuge for desert nomads in hard times for over 6000 years, track elephant, learn how to survive and treat medical conditions common in this environment, then there is no question you would enjoy our trip to Namibia. 

Dr Sean Hudson

Find out more about the Expedition Medicine Desert Medicine training course in Namibia.

Desert Medicine | Brandberg sunset