2020 Hathersage Mountain Medicine Festival - Launch!



Posted by Jeremy Windsor on Jan 02, 2020

The BMC BMMS Mountain Medicine Festival will be taking place in Hathersage between the 6th and 9th June 2020.  

The event is split into TWO parts and has something for everyone! 

Part 1 (6th and 7th) is aimed at those who want to pick up the basic skills and knowledge to operate safely in the mountain environment. This is taught by experienced health care professionals with considerable experience in mountain medicine and pre-hospital care. The weekend will start with an introduction for those new to the mountains and be followed by workshops on splinting, altitude medicine, non-freezing cold injury, hypothermia, hyperthermia, contents of first aid kits, water sterilisation and much more! We are incredibly lucky to be joined by well known climber and podiatrist Gary Gibson who will be leading workshops and giving the Saturday evening talk. For a report of last year's event take a look at this. Tickets for Part 1 will soon be available through the BMC website.

Part 2 of the festival (8th and 9th) is based upon previous "Advanced Mountain Medicine" courses in Hathersage and is designed to meet the CPD requirements of those who work in the mountain environment. Each day will be packed with fascinating talks, debates, films and workshops. Nevertheless, there will be plenty of time in the afternoon to get out and explore the Peak District! Afterwards we’ll meet up for dinner and enjoy a series of very special evening events!


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Film makers Menna Pritchard and Steve Wakefield will be on hand to introduce their award winning film, “Magnetic Mountains” on Tuesday 9th June. After the film they’ll take part in a Q&A. A great way to bring the festival to a close!


The following speakers are confirmed for Part 2...


Rebecca Dent - dietitian and sports nutritionist with a special interest in helping athletes in the mountain environment. 

Ed Douglas - author, journalist and editor of The Alpine Journal.

Jesse Dufton - GB paraclimbing team member. 

Dr Abbi Forsyth - mountain medicine fellow at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and medical officer for ultra-endurance events such as the the Berghaus Dragon's Back Race and Salomon Skyline Race.

Dr Mike Greene - programme clinical lead for the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) and medical officer for England and Wales Mountain Rescue.

Tim Hall - physiotherapist with a special interest in skiing injuries. Qualified ski instructor and Maestro de Sci.

Dr Monica Piris - emergency medicine physician and highly experienced expedition doctor.


Jesse Dufton will be talking on the evening of Monday 8th June about his climbing career and the making of the award winning "Climbing Blind"


Menna Pritchard – producer and cinematographer of award winning "Magnetic Mountains".

Kevin Shields – all round climber and instructor. Kev is a Rab sponsored athlete.

Chris Smith - environmental scientist and editor of the highly popular "Travel at High Altitude".

Dr Stephen Taylor - lecturer in natural area tourism at Edinburgh Napier University and experienced high altitude mountaineer.

Steve Wakeford - director and cinematographer of award winning "Magnetic Mountains".

Dr Niall Van Someren - former consultant gastroenterologist and general physician at Chase Farm Hospital.

Dr Jeremy Windsor - consultant in anaesthetics and critical care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and senior clinical lecturer at the University of Sheffield.


Kevin Shields is a Scottish based all-round climber who is well known for his solo climbs of up to E7 and M10+. This has all been done with the limited use of one hand. Famously, Kevin once said, “My plans for the future are to simply push my climbing as far as I can, I’m almost lucky in being a disabled climber as what I’m doing always feels like a new chapter…”. Expect a fascinating talk!


Workshops and further speakers will be announced in the next few weeks!


Feedback from the recent BMMS Science Day can be found here


Highlights and feedback from our 2018 "Advanced Mountain Medicine" event can be found here.


Tickets are priced at £90 (£80 BMMS members) per day. This includes lunch, dinner and entry to both the daytime and evening events.


A small number of bursaries are available for those who are unable to meet the full cost of the event. Please get in touch for further information.


Places are limited so please book now! Tickets can be booked here.


We have applied for 12 hours of CPD from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Edinburgh. 




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