First aid & mountain medicine weekend in the Peak District

Join top doctors for a one-off weekend of UK and high altitude first aid in Hathersage this June.

Following on from the success of last year’s event we’ll be teaming up with the holders of the Diploma of Mountain Medicine to run this weekend again. Organised by Dr David Hillebrandt, president of the UIAA Medical Commission and honorary medical advisor to the BMC, this event will provide the opportunity to receive first aid training from experts in the field of mountain medicine.

Based in Hathersage in the Peak District on the 3rd and 4th June, the course will be run over two days, with the first day focusing on UK crag/hill medicine, and the second day focussing on high altitude first aid for the Alps and beyond.

Register for this event by completing the event booking form.


Who is the weekend for?

This course is suitable for anybody with an interest in the outdoors, in addition to this if you’re a member of BMG, AMI, BAIML or MTA there are CPD points available (1 CPD point per day attended). No specific level of experience or previous knowledge is required.

When is it and where is it?

The course will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2017, in and around Hathersage in the Peak District. Registration will be open from 9am by the Outside car park on both days, with sessions running from 10am to 5pm.

Social scene

On Saturday evening there will be beer and a barbeque (free to all course attendees, donations encouraged), and a fundraising lecture in the Hathersage memorial hall (speakers tbc, entry by donation).

Food, accommodation, travel and parking

Food and accomodation are not provided as part of the course, and we’d like to encourage people to make use of local accomodation, 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.

We’d encourage course attendees to travel to and from Hathersage by public transport, or to lift share. Parking in Hathersage is limited and we’d request that attendees do not park in the car park at Outside during the day as this is reserved for shop patrons.


There will be five one hour workshop sessions per day with the choice of the following workshops. Please note that workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis, where possible we will attempt to accommodate all requests.

Day one – Saturday 3 June – UK Mountain Medicine

  • Primary survey
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Splints, dressings & packaging
  • Hypothermia prevention and treatment
  • Hyperthermia prevention and treatment
  • UK first aid kits
  • UK mountain activities with pre-existing conditions
  • Children in the UK mountains
  • Medical communications in the UK mountains
  • Lyme disease and other bugs
  • Human factors in mountain medicine
  • Climbers hands

Day two – Sunday 4 June – Mountain Medicine Alps and Beyond

  • Primary Survey
  • Frostbite and non-freezing cold injury (NFCI)
  • Avalanche medicine
  • Dental problems
  • Expedition medical kits
  • Mountaineering with pre-existing conditions
  • Trekking with children
  • Hyperbaric bags and pulse oximeters
  • Altitude illness
  • Human factors


Price and booking information

The cost for the course is just £65 for a single day, or £100 for both days.

All profits from this weekend will go towards BMC Expedition funding. Last year’s event raised a total of £3136.56.


Please register for this event by completing the event booking form.

There is a discount available to students and unwaged people of £10 per person per booking. In order to receive the discount please book and pay for the student/unwaged option, and send proof of status to 

Please note: this course is tailored to the very specialised needs of the participants in aspects of mountain medicine and will not follow any formal first aid qualification. A certificate of attendance will be offered but no formal qualification. 

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Many thanks to Outside for their support and assistance in organising this event.

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