BMMS UCLan Mountain Medicine Winter Webinar Series



Posted by Jeremy Windsor on Sep 21, 2021

The British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS) and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are delighted to announce the dates and speakers for the 2021/22 Mountain Medicine Winter Webinar Series. Like last year, each webinar will last for one hour and feature a talk from a fascinating guest speaker. In addition, there will be plenty of time set aside for questions and comments at the end!

CPD approval has been sought from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). A certificate of attendance will be provided to those who complete the feedback questionnaire. 

Places are free to BMMS members. A charge of £3 is payable by non-members. 

Details of the 2020/2021 series can be found here.


"Going On My Own" - Moving Fast And Light In The Mountains

2000 GMT - Tuesday 26th October 2021

Dr Finlay Wild



Finlay works as a GP on the west coast of Scotland and is well known to the fell running community for his extraordinary achievements in the hills. Ten times winner of the Ben Nevis Race, Finlay has broken countless records including the traverse of the Cuillin Ridge (2:59:22!) and the Welsh 3000's (4:10:48!). Most recently, he completed the 58 mile Ramsay Round, solo and unsupported, in under 15 hours - breaking the previous record by more than 90 minutes! Speaking about it later, he said, "Everyone likes a good story of something massive happening and you having to dig in to overcome it. But on the opposite side of the coin, preparation is key. I was prepared mentally for it. I knew the route well so I could visualise it. The only thing that would have made me bail would have been if I was slowing because of the weather..." 

Is there anyone better qualified to talk about what it takes to move quickly and safely in the mountains? I doubt it! What a great way to kick off this year's Mountain Medicine Winter Webinar Series!

Places can be booked here.


Mountains Of The Mind

2000 GMT - Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Dr Rebecca Williams



Read any book or article about climbing technique and you’ll see something about throwing yourself off in order to overcome a fear of falling. But why is climbing one of the few sports to advocate the practise of failure? What, if any, is the science behind this approach – how is it supposed to work? And what if you’ve tried that and actually found your fear getting worse?

In this talk Rebecca will unpack some of the reasons why we fear falling, how falling practice is supposed to work and the many reasons it can actually make things worse. Expect to come away with some practical tips on how to manage anxiety in the mountains!

Rebecca Williams is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a Performance Psychology Coach, who specialises in helping climbers improve their performance through learning evidence based techniques to manage fear and develop confidence.  She’s been working with climbers of all ages, abilities and disciplines for the last 15 years, and is very well placed to give a brilliant talk! Don't miss it!

More about Rebecca's work can be found here.

Places can be booked here.


Shifting Our Perspective On Outdoor Accidents

2000 GMT - Tuesday 14th December 2021

Ashley Saupe



This isn't a webinar you should miss! "The Sharp End" podcast series was launched by Ashley Saupe in 2015. With the support of the American Alpine Club there are now more than 70 episodes available. Each one focuses upon a life threatening event in the mountains and encourages those involved to talk freely about their experience. As Ashley says, "I believe we all need to shift our way of thinking about accidents and intentionally create a culture that allows people to share their stories, judgement, shame and guilt-free". Ashley does this brilliantly in "The Sharp End"! Why not listen to it? Better still join Ashley for what promises to be a fascinating webinar!   

Places can be booked here.


8000m Peaks - 14 Years Of Doctoring At Base Camps In The Himalayas

2000 GMT - Tuesday 11th January 2022

Dr Monica Piris



With dozens of 8000m expeditions under her belt, Monica is going to talk about the expedition scene in the Himalayas, how she got into it, what she does there, how it's evolved over the years and some of the media controversies that circulate the highest peaks on earth!

Read a fascinating interview with Monica here.

Places can be booked here.


Structured Chaos

2000 GMT - Tuesday 8th February 2022

Victor Saunders



Victor is the President of the Alpine Club and for more than 25 years has been a UIAGM mountain guide. During that time he has climbed all over the world - from guiding beginners on alpine "classics" to completing desperate new routes in the Greater Ranges with friends such as Andy Parkin and Mick Fowler. In his latest book "Structured Chaos", Victor describes some of the people he's met along the way. A shared sense of fun, excitement and camaraderie sparkles throughout the text. These encounters leave Victor echoing the words of the legendary Colin Kirkus, "... going to the right place, at the right time, with the right people is all that really matters. What one does is purely incidental...". Join Victor to hear about his climbs and the many people he's met along the way. A fitting way to end the 2021/22 series!

Copies of Victor's book can be bought here

Places can be booked here.


If you would like to find out more about mountain medicine why not join the British Mountain Medicine Society? See this link for details.

Links to last year's Mountain Medicine Webinars can be found here.

A lot of very good posts have appeared on the blog in the last year! To read more take a look at this.

Read about the winners of the BMMS Lucky Jim Award here.


1 thought on “BMMS UCLan Mountain Medicine Winter Webinar Series

Jay Mathers commented 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Nice compilation of lectures Jeremy! Great to have other resources outside of the WMS, hope all is well with you and your family PS if you find yourself back in the Colorado region again don’t hesitate to call, maybe some Utah desert towers Best Jay

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