Trek for Timor

Pleased to announce ESS will be providing first aid services and a radio network to the great team of volunteers organising Blue Mountains Trek for Timor in September 2016. This family-friendly, non-competitive trek is 50km with shorter distance options and is a fund raiser for great causes in one of our nearest and newest neighbouring nations. In the past funds have helped build schools and other important community initiatives.

Blood Analysis – on site / remote area

We are pleased to announce that our medical service now includes on-site blood analysis. This specialised equipment in the hands of our trained medical staff is a significant improvement and will allow us to make better informed decisions and deliver improved diagnostics and patient care. Particulary important for remote work, the equipment will be valuable at all events where our ability to test for electrolytes, creatinine, glucose, haemoglobin and troponin levels could save lives. A useful effect that blood analysis will provide is that it can be used to rule out options as well as diagnosing an illness and as such can greatly help a doctor to rule out a serious issue and allow a runner/trekker/expeditioner to continue.

Managing Heat

ESS has supported some pretty out there endurance events in hot conditions and are leaders in managing events, athletes and crew in hot and/or humid environments. We use the WBGT heat index to evaluate conditions and put in place strategies to avoid heat illness. As well as helping manage lots of summer endurance events, last year we advised Kirrily Dear and her crew about heat management for her 12-day, 860km in western NSW in a hot summer and we are working with Mina Guli as she prepares to run five marathons across the Tanami Desert in February.

Collapsed and unconscious = start simple CPR!

Members of the public and bystanders have little to fear from legal threats if attempting to provide CPR. Information on the Australian Emergency Law blog makes it clear that there has never been a successful law suit brought against a person for trying to revive someone using CPR. From a first aid perspective it’s simple: if a collapsed person is unconscious and not breathing – start CPR immediately and you dramatically raise their odds of survival. And CPR guidelines for the public have been simplified – compress the chest to 1/3 depth (whether for adult or child) and push to the beat of “stayin alive” by the Bee Gees. If there’s a defibrillator nearby send someone to get it – the defib will talk you though how to use it. Keep CPR going until an ambulance arrives.

With thanks to Dr Michael Eburn/Australian Emergency Law

Nicholas Gleeson blog

Nick lost his sight at the age of seven and is now an accessibility advocate and speaker. Nick’s Simpson trip with ESS went well with six days wandering in the area to the north of Poeppel Corner. Nick was joined by an old friend Vina from the USA, Sarah was the trekking guide and Lucas supported the small team. They experienced the natural world, Aboriginal sites, fauna and flora. Nick’s blog makes great reading

Blind trekker Nick Gleeson to Simpson Desert in 2015

Pleased to announce that ESS will guide blind adventurer Nick Gleeson on a 7-day, 120km remote trek across the Simpson Desert in July 2015. Lucas guided Nick up Kilimanjaro, at 5896m the highest mountain in Africa in 2001. Nick has just been named a recipient of an AMP Foundation Tomorrow Fund grant.

Mount Barney Skyrun

ESS is providing medical and safety teams, a radio network and input into course selection and mapping for the Mount Barney Skyrunning event will take place in southern Queensland in August 2015. Here, Race Director Sean Greenhill climbs the South Ridge on a recent recce trip with ESS where the course was checked out and a location for a radio repeater was established.

Satellite tracking of participants

Over two years ESS has worked with satellite tracking systems that follow individual runners or trekkers with on-screen updates at event HQ every ten minutes. These systems give event organisers excellent supervision of participants for safety purposes. They also have a HELP button for emergencies. This photo shows satellite tracking in use at the Big Red Run 2014.

Claustral Canyon 3D laser scanning

In March 2014 an ESS crew supported film makers Luke Farrer and Michael Breer as they made a 3D scanned model of Claustral. This involved three weeks in the canyon where staff coordinated the rigging, grips and safety and made a camp for the crew.

ABC TV did a doco