“Och Aye!”
March 26, 2020

Launch party of the NZ Society for Mountain Medicine

Launch party of the NZ Society for Mountain Medicine, 30 January 2020

One of the goals of the Society is to connect people with a shared passion for mountain medicine with each other.

What better way to do so than by having a party?
On a day when a strong gale was forecast, we were smiled on by the weather gods and even managed to have a small fire pit fire without flying embers.

Everybody knew somebody, but nobody had previously met everybody. At then end of the evening we felt like we were the foundation members of a very promising, organically evolving member driven society.

Conversation flowed freely and by the time it was dark we had totally forgotten to take a proper group photo, so apologies for the quality.

From left to right round the back of the fire

Aaron –Intensive Care Paramedic

Robin- rural hospital generalist doctor & climber

Tom – Partnerships Advisor Alpine at Mountain Safety Council, ex Hard Ice Guide

Malin – retired pre hospital immediate care doctor & GP, independent wilderness medicine researcher

Rose- paramedic Pro Med , ex Antartica NZ

Drew – DoC, ex Antartica NZ, ex Horizons Unlimited PHEC tutor

Tom – ICU/anaesthetic registrar & climber

Tatsu- Flight Intensive Care Paramedic , ex white water rafting guide

Not in picture:
Jason – Intensive Care Paramedic , climber, Antartica NZ
Chris- rural hospital generalist, Alpine Cliff Rescue Christchurch
As you can tell, this is the first entry of our blog. Future blog content is warmly invited. Do you have a special interest related to mountain / outdoor medicine / patient rescue and care that you would like to share? If so, please get in touch to discuss your idea.

Cheers for now.


  1. Peter Wilson says:

    I found the avalanche information very useful. Mountaineers frequently visit the mountains with out any avalanche search and recovery equipment unlike the off piste skiers.
    I met Robin recently in Fort William at our Flyde Mountaineering Club meet.
    Best Regards
    Peter Wilson

  2. Robin Robin says:

    Hi Peter.
    It’s a small world!
    I suspect the conditions in Scotland are ironically pretty good now that everything is closed down!
    Best, Robin

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