Safety and Support

Risk assessments:

Safety on our trips is a priority and defines what we expect of our expedition leaders. Procedures and risk assessments are adapted for each expedition and govern the way we lead any adventure. Risk assessments are conducted for every activity and aspect of an expedition. They take into account current changes, new risks, best practice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice and advice from our in-country contacts.

Transparency:

We are transparent about the risks of the expeditions we lead and aim to provide all the information you need early on to enable you to make an informed decision about your own participation. We encourage participants to contact us whenever a concern or query comes up. There are no silly questions where safety is concerned.

Training:

All of our expedition team members attend a comprehensive briefing and training course before the expedition which prepares the team for the demands of the expedition and makes sure that the team has a good risk awareness.

During the expedition: 

Whilst our expeditions are out in the field, our 24/7 Operations room provides continuous support from the UK, working in close partnership with in-country agents and emergency organisations. Safeguarding our teams with this professional back up allows our guides the capability to handle any situation that may arise on expedition.

We supply technical and specialist kit on expeditions; all our Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is subject to regular maintenance checks.

Communications: we equip our teams with a range of communications; from radios and satellite phones to Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs).

First Aid: 

All expeditions are appropriately staffed with qualified leaders consistent with the nature of the expedition and all leaders undergo courses in expedition and advanced first aid. All of our expeditions teams have access to Remote Medical Support, which provides instant access to UK-based medical advice and to prescription-only medicine.

We operate our expeditions with a guide to client ratio of at least 1-4. The ratio is always consistent with the safety requirements of the expedition and some of our trips require a 1:2 guiding ratio.

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