Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) plans to conduct a high altitude medical expedition during May-June 2017 to train mountaineers and trekkers in expedition first aid, health care, leadership, life support techniques, medicine, and rescue. So that expedition leaders can protect the injured and affected parties until professional medical help reaches the accident spot or the affected parties are evacuated to the low altitude, where professional medical help is easily available.
This specialized learning expedition aims to develop a human resource pool for mountaineering and trekking tourism. The expedition is an opportunity for novice and experienced mountain leaders to learn and hone their skills.
The foundation will impart training at seven different altitudes:
- <1000 meters
- 2,500 meters
- 3,500 meters
- 3,700 meters
- 4,500 meters
- 5,500 meters
- 6,500 meters
The training consists of interactive lectures, demonstrations, problem solving sessions, group discussions, role plays, and simulations.
2 Training Groups / Streams
The training is divided into two groups/streams:
- The Trekkers
- The Mountaineers
Both groups will learn together until they reach the altitude of 5,000 meters. Thereafter, the trekkers group will take an exam and return. The second group consisting of selected participants will attend the survival module to be held beyond 5,000 meters.
Prerequisites for Expedition
• Completed 1 (or more) trek covering an altitude up to 4,000 meters in the last 3 years
• Completed 1 (or more) climb at an altitude of 6,000 meters or higher in the last 3 years
• Height gain/loss within 15 kilometers = 900 meters
• Steep ascent and descent
• Mountainous terrain
• Glacier and Snow
• Altitude up to 5,000 meters
• Height gain/loss = up to 1000 meters
• Steep slopes covered with ice, moraine, rock, and snow
• Altitude higher than 6,500 meters
Interested trekking and mountaineering expedition leaders shall submit their applications by February 27, 2017. They can download the application form and brochure from the website of the foundation. http://www.indmount.org/newsdetail.aspx?Aid=109