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Mountain Medicine weekend


14 - 16th January 2022


Hey guys and gals,

We’re going exploring again! This time to the Cairngorm mountain range in the Eastern Highlands of Scotland.  We'll be trudging through snow, practicing our medical skills and camping under the stars. 

Suitable for medical students in any year we're hoping for snowy slopes and sunny skies.  With limited spaces available you'll be well looked after by our crew including expedition doctors and we're looking to get the local mountain rescue team involved too.  The weather is usually amazing at this time of year in the North so fingers crossed.


Friday 14th January:

Arrival as early as possible in the Cairngorms mountain range.  We’re planning on making camp at the foot of Ben MacDui but may adapt plans based on weather (Ben MacDui can be a challenging climb if there’s lots of snow and ice).  If the group arrive early enough we will run a practical session on snow shelters and mountain campcraft (fire, food, water, shelter).  After we’ll dish out gear and get a hearty meal in. 

Saturday 15th January:

Full day of expedition simulation and mountain medicine scenarios in the hills.  We’ll set off up the trail practicing both expedition skills and wilderness medicine along the way.  Be set for emergency scenarios, improvised stretcher carries, rope and ice axe work.

If all goes well we will Summit Ben MacDui (the second highest mountain in Scotland) and return to a local hostel for showers, dinner and games.

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Sunday 16th January:

Time for one short tutorial in the snow. We’ll learn about glacial travel involving crampons, ice axes, rope, harness and ice screws before heading back South.

Sound good?

* given the present uncertainty with travel, booking is fully refundable in the case of pandemic related cancellation.


Kit List

You will need:


Sleeping mat

Appropriate sleeping bag

Camping stove with fuel

Plate, mug and cutlery

Warm clothing including a down jacket

Waterproof top to bottom

Winter walking boots


Day pack

*If you need to hire additional items e.g. a 4 season sleeping bag, we can facilitate this as long as you let us know beforehand.


The cost works out at £190pp with your own transport.  A uni minibus is probably the best plan of attack, though you may be able to jump in with one of the other uni crew's who are heading up so pop a message in our forum if you want to make contact.  The trip is self-catered to keep your costs down and we recommend Expedition Foods and plenty of snacks.