Day 6 – Helicopter day

Day 6 was an absolute highlight of all the Course. In precious cooperation with the DSA helicopter company, HEMS team of Liberec and the Mountain Rescue, the Course participants took part in a training in evacuation of injured persons from difficult terrain with helicopter.

(Acknowledgements to Jan Kostík for the photographies.)

Despite the increasing spring temperatures, good snow conditions persisted and allowed all the group to move on touring skis every day. This is to thank to Namche outdoor shop, which supported the Course with the ski and mountaineering equipment location.


Day 5 – Trauma scenarios and interactive case reports

In the morning of the 5th day 5 different trauma scenarios were presented in the outdoor terrain.

Participants, divided in small groups, should prove the advanced trauma life support and the technical rescue techniques.

Afternoon was dedicated to the interactive case report presentation in topics of hypothermia, avalanche and frostbite. Doctor Urs Wiget presented an impressive multiple-victim hypothermia accident, Dr. Lucie Langová spoke about cooperation between the EMS and the Mountain Rescue and Dr. Kristina Höschlová involved all the participants while presenting the consultations of her frostbitten patients.


Day 4 – Avalanche day

Day 4 was an “Avalanche Day”. Kristina opened the session presenting the medical approach and triage and Iva Sikulová, the Slovak avalanche specialist, proceeded with the training in avalanche prevention and technical rescue.

Later this day everybody could experience a real avalanche scenario prepared by the Czech Mountain Rescue members. The participants should organize research, rescue, multiple-victim triage and medical approach in a simulated avalanche accident.

Day 3 – hypothermia, frostbite and trauma

Day 3 was dedicated to the topics of hypothermia, frostbite and winter trauma rescue presented by Dr. Kristina Höschlová.

In the afternoon, the participants had opportunity to practice immobilisation techniques and transport with the ski-sledges.

The training ran under cooperation with the Czech Mountain Rescue and was accompanied by the presence of the legendary doctor Urs Wiget from Switzerland, who transmitted his experiences in reductions of luxations and fractures.

In the evening, Honza Prokeš from Total Outdoor Company presented some mountaineering equipment, useful for the mountain rescue.

Mountaineering techniques with the mountain guides

Winter session started with two busy days with the mountain guides Petr Giacintov, Vojta Dvořák and Martin Šťourač. Although at the end of March, the mountains offered perfect winter conditions, which intensified the outdoor practice.

Mountaineering techniques and rescue skills were trained such as walking with the crampons, using ice-axe, making the pulley system, provisory transport and bivouac survival.

In the evening, Himalayan climber Honza Trávníček shared his experiences from his expeditions to the 8000 peaks.