Remote Area Life Support - Desert and Mountain (RALS-DM) (Morocco)
Join us for a comprehensive wilderness medical course, combined with a fascinating trip through the stunning desert and mountains of Morocco.
The adventure starts in Marakesh, where we spend the first day sharing ideas and discussing expedition planning, expedition first aid kits, bites and stings, heat illness and common medical problems.
After a hearty meal and a good rest, we set off to travel through the remote desert and later trek/climb the highest mountain in the Atlas range, Mount Toukbal (4,167m / 13,665 ft).
We initially travel by 4 x 4, camping out and practising desert medicine skills and scenarios in a real remote environment. The course then takes us to the Atlas mountains, where we gradually ascend Mt Toukbal, staying in huts and tents and using the acclimatisation days to expand our knowledge of the effects of altitude, exercise associated hyponatraemia, dehydration, rescues, hypothermia, frostbite and medical conditions at altitude.
Who is the course for?
This course is ideal for those wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in Wilderness and Expedition first aid in a real remote, desert and mountain environments, whilst combining an unforgetable experience camping in the sahara desert and climbing North Africa's highest mountain.
The RALS course offers healthcare professionals an ideal opportunity to combine adventure with continuing professional development and SOS Servicios Medicos are currently seeking CME approval for the course (details to follow soon).
This course is also ideal for mountaineers & off-road driving enthusiasts, climbers, trekkers, group leaders and provides the essential certification for US Mountain Guides and exceeds the first aid requirements of United Kingdom awarding bodies for NGB outdoor leadership awards (> 16 hours training).
The syllabus and practical skills are appropriate for individual travellers planning a remote trip, through to halthcare professionals wishing to brush up on their specific desert and mountain medicine knowledge and pre-hospital practical skills.
Completing this course you will:
- Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness & expedition first aid skills for patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation
- Understand the planning requiremens and logistics for a desert or mountain expedition
- Practice your skills in live scenarios in a mountain environment and desert environment
- Work with our expert faculty and local mountain guides to develop your mountain skills and attempt to summit Mt Toukbal
SOS Servicios Medicos & Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) - Remote Area Life Support (Desert/Mountain)
- Experience wilderness medicine in context, not in the classroom
- Test your fitness & physiology whilst supported by our highly qualified team of mountain guides and medics
- Camp out in true Bedouin style and enjoy the peace of the desert
- Barter in the bustling markets of Marakesh
- Summit a high altitude trekking peak
Included: Airport transfers, all lodging, guiding, transport and some meals (as indicated on the itinerary)
Excluded: All Flights to Morocco, airport taxes, travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages. Also, does not include additional days of travel or global rescue insurance (required).
Day 1 – Arrive in Marakesh. Team briefing and equipment check
Day 2 – Desert survival and desert medicine lectures and practical sessions in Marakesh hotel
Day 3 – Desert drive/camping/lectures/practical sessions
Day 4 - Desert camp lectures/survival skills and practical sessions
Day 5 – Drive to trail head (Ismil) and trek to Toukbal reguge (1,800 m)/lectures and rest
Day 6 – Acclimatisation trek and scenarios at 3,000 m, return to Ismil to sleep
Day 7 - Drive/climb to refuge and sleep at 3,200 m. Scenarios
Day 8 – Trek to summit/return to refuge/Hike out/practical scenario assessment
Day 9 – Drive to Marakesh/written exam/dinner
Day 10 – Depart from Marakesh
The instructors and support medics are wilderness medicine instructors, operational medics and mountaineers and have all previously summited Pico de Orizaba and/or Aconcagua, led expeditions or supported arctic and desert operations.
The mountain logistics and leadership will be provided by extremely experienced mountain guides from Marakesh whose team members have each led teams into the desert and to the sumit of Toubkal dozens of times.
- A keen interest in wilderness medicine
- A good level of physical fitness
- Previous winter hill walking experience
Delegates should be vaccinated appropriately (See CDC guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/countries/morocco/ )Medical Questionnaire
Pre Deployment Personal Medical Questionnaire
Delegates should be aware this is intended to be a wilderness course in every sense of the word. The team in some parts of Morocco will be self sufficient. This is not a package holiday and SOS Servicios Medicos cannot control mother nature. Should our plans be affected by floods, landslides, sand storms, earthquakes and the like, we will continue with alternate plans in true expedition spirit, affecting self rescues and problem solving along the way.
Medical Evacuation Insurance:
Delegates should have personal insurance to cover any in-country medical examinations, treatment or rescue/evacuation from a remote area. We recommend Global Rescue, who can be contacted via their website: www.globalrescue.com