The next quadrennial Joint Services expedition will take place in the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal during April and May 2016 and involve servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force. The overall ethos of the expedition is to conduct high quality Adventurous Training in a unique and remote environment, whilst simultaneously conducting a number of medical research projects through the voluntary involvement of expedition members.
“Develop individual courage and leadership skills through controlled exposure to risk in a challenging outdoor environment in order to enhance Operational Capability”
The aim of this expedition is to be as inclusive as possible. We will develop mountaineers at all levels and provide the opportunity to gain qualifications and experience during the two year build up. Teamwork will be essential, as will a strong sense of determination. The expedition will be challenging but we endeavour to overcome the difficulties competently and safely.
Adrian joined the Navy in 1988 as a medical student and has seen military duty on submarines, aircraft carriers and land based field hospitals. He has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and on anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. He qualified as a doctor in 1990 and as a consultant anaesthetist in 2002 and currently works as a consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. His interest in high altitude medicine reflects his passion for mountaineering and he has published on a range of topics in the field. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia with an interest in Extreme Environments and is completing a higher degree (MD) involving research into mechanisms of acclimatization. He has been the medical officer for expeditions to high altitude in N and S America, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Nepal.
Adrian started climbing when a medical student and has extensive experience climbing all over the world. He is a qualified Joint Service Alpine Mountaineering Instructor and has led Service expeditions to Nepal, S America and Europe. His personal climbing experience includes rock climbing in UK, Europe and Australia to a standard of E1, Scottish winter routes up to technical grade 7, Alpine routes to TD. He has made first ascents in Kyrgyzstan and Bolivia, climbed the highest mountains in north and south America and been involved in two expeditions to 8000m peaks. He is the Chairman of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Mountaineering Club.
Home is in North Yorkshire where he lives with his wife and children. When not climbing he is a keen runner (representing the Royal Navy in the London marathon on several occasions), sailor and cyclist.