This page includes material about the wilderness medicine course of medical students run in Durham.

The SSC in Durham will not run again.

The material below is retained in the hope it may help others running/considering running a similar course.

Poster presentation at workshop on teaching & learning: improving the experience, Newcastle 2008:
Poster presentation at 2007 World Congress of Wilderness Medicine:
Presentation given at Emergency Medicine meeting about the SSC:

Kit list for 2011 course:

Kit list for 2010 course:

Course objectives (still in draft form):
Course objectives - overview in form of mind map:

Risk assessment for course:

External instructors are drawn from the following:
Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team
Rescue NorthEast
Buschcraft Expeditions
Carnegie Great Outdoors

teaching weekend


"One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards."
Edward Abbey