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  • Field Rescue from point of illness or injury, no matter how remote
  • Evacuation to the home hospital of choice
  • Services provided up to $500,000
  • 24/7 advisory services from medical and security specialists
  • Medical oversight from specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine
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Global Rescue Members in Action

  
  

The next featured adventurer in our “Global Rescue Members in Action” series is Josh Aldridge, who was captured in an inspiring moment of teamwork during a climb in an Arkansas cave.  Josh, a finalist in Global Rescue’s “In the Spirit of Adventure” photo contest, shares some background on his experience below.

Global Rescue, Pack passing, Lost Valley

“The photo was taken in Eden Falls Cave in Arkansas' Lost Valley.  We were climbing behind the interior falls, searching for a route up to an unexplored, offshoot tunnel.  The rich gold light comes from headlamps and flashlights placed in and reflecting from the wet rock.”

Do you have a great story to share about your travels? We want to hear about it! If you (or someone you know) would like to be considered as a “Global Rescue Member in Action,” tell us why in an email to press@globalrescue.com.

Global Rescue Members in Action

  
  

This week’s “Global Rescue Members in Action” entry is an empowering photo submitted by Mary Osborne from her trip to the Maldives.  Read about the moment of triumph she shared with her spontaneous surfing students below.

Maldives, Global Rescue

“This photo was taken off the coast of a small island in the Maldives. I was paddling around the island at sunset when I came across this group of ladies swimming.  They kept staring at me and I was very curious. In the Maldives you typically don't see the women out and about much so this was one of the first times I saw women swimming in the ocean. I slowly paddled over to them and waved for them to try the paddle board.  Due to the language barrier, there were no words exchanged, only smiles and laughter. As a professional surfer, I have been fortunate enough to travel around the world documenting various adventures, however this image is one of my personal favorites. When I look at this picture, it reflects the innocence and freedom for all women in the Maldives.”

Global Rescue partners with Wilderness Medical Society

  
  

Wilderness Medical Society, Global Rescue

Global Rescue is honored to announce that it has been selected by the Wilderness Medical Society as its official medical and security evacuation provider. 

Founded in 1983, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is the world's leading organization devoted to wilderness medical issues and challenges, exploring health risks and safety issues in extreme situations such as mountains, jungles, deserts, caves, marine environments, and space.

WMS CEO Loren Greenway, Ph.D., noted, “Over the years, the Wilderness Medical Society and its membership have had experience with Global Rescue and the breadth and depth of their capabilities.  I’m happy that this agreement has come to pass.”

“The Wilderness Medical Society is the worldwide authority on wilderness medicine,” said Global Rescue CEO Dan Richards.  “We believe our partnership is an outstanding fit.”

Global Rescue will participate in the Wilderness Medicine Conference and Annual Meeting in Wyoming this summer, August 1-6.

 

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Global Rescue Members in Action

  
  

Fourteen-year-old and national champion alpine athlete Storm Klomhaus welcomed a different kind of challenge and traded in snow for sky in this week’s entry of “Global Rescue Members in Action.”  While training in New Zealand with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Team Academy, Storm took a jump of over 100 meters and proved that with courage and a spirit of adventure, almost anything is possible.  Read on for supportive words from parent Jaime Klomhaus.

Global Rescue, USSA, New Zealand, bungee jumping

“The picture is of our daughter, Storm Klomhaus. At the U16 Rocky/Central Junior Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Storm won all four alpine ski races and received first place overall. She recently competed in the U16 National Championships in Park City, Utah.

“Storm was one of 12 alpine athletes invited to the newly formed USSA Team Academy two years ago based upon her performance in the National Championships in 2012.  We moved Storm away from home at 13 years old to live with a host family in Park City, Utah, in August 2012. She attends a private high school formed to provide academic and athletic opportunities for up-and-coming skiing and snowboarding athletes.  The kids travel all over the world to train and Storm travelled to New Zealand in August 2013 for a ski camp.

“While in New Zealand, the kids took a day off from training to go bungee jumping in Queenstown.  This is a picture of her jumping out of a cable car for a 134 meter plunge at 14 years of age.  She said it was terrifying to jump but, after the initial shock, she had a blast.   

“Storm travels all over the world in her pursuit to become a World Cup skier. Needless to say, Storm has a yearly membership with Global Rescue to help make mom and dad more comfortable with her activities abroad.”

Do you have a great story to share about your travels? We want to hear about it! If you (or someone you know) would like to be considered as a “Global Rescue Member in Action,” tell us why in an email to press@globalrescue.com.

Global Rescue Members in Action

  
  

Next up in our “Global Rescue Members in Action” series is “In the Spirit of Adventure” photo contest finalist Brandon Riza, who travelled to the Pennine Alps of Switzerland.  Brandon’s testimonial about this trip to the top of the world and the snowy sky landscape follows below.  Congratulations, Brandon. Global Rescue hopes to accompany you on many gorgeous ascents to come.


Pennine Alps, Global Rescue

Brandon Riza: Photo Location: 45.981322°   7.761510°   9285ft

“This photo was shot near the summit of the Riffelhorn, above the Gornergletscher in the Pennine Alps of Switzerland near Zermatt.  My wife and I traveled to the French and Swiss Alps to climb Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Aiguille du Tour and some others.

“On one of our rest days, during our stay in Zermatt, we decided to take the train up to Riffelalp and get in some rock climbing on the Riffelhorn.  This photo was just me taking in the amazing view.       

“We ended up getting rained and hailed on, rappelling and down-climbing with wet rocks and soggy snow in our climbing shoes.  Perfect day.

“Our trip to the Alps was amazing, as it was our first time climbing large objectives together, and her first time on big glacier climbs.  I planned out all the climbing logistics and she handled the travel details, and we did it from different sides of the International Date Line, as she was living in New Zealand at the time and I was in Los Angeles.”

Global Rescue Members in Action

  
  

Continuing our “Global Rescue Members in Action” series, today we feature John Atchley, who entered our “In the Spirit of Adventure” photo contest with the sunrise piece presented below, taken in La Mosquitia, Gracias a Dios, Honduras.  Read on for a glimpse into Atchley’s escape to a simpler world on his fishing excursion.

Global Rescue, Honduras, adventure travel

“The photo was taken on the southeast coast of Honduras, a region called La Mosquitia.  The area is very remote.  The local Indian group still moves around in dugout canoes.  This lady happened to come by just as the sun was coming up to the east.  I happened to be at this location in a tent camp on a fishing excursion.  To me, it is like you go back in time when you visit this area of Honduras. It would probably resemble Florida back around 1900 or so.  When you get out to the local lagoons to fish, you find you are the only outboard in any of the lagoons.  So needless to say, you get away from it all, which is what I like to do -- no noise, light, pollution, nothing but stars at night and plenty of sounds coming out of the jungle.  I must say that little photo on a point and shoot camera had plenty of worthy competition.”

Do you have a great story to share about your travels? We want to hear about it! If you (or someone you know) would like to be considered as a “Global Rescue Member in Action,” tell us why in an email to press@globalrescue.com.

 

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Heading Out on Spring Break? 5 Safety Tips from Global Rescue

  
  

Global Rescue, spring break safety

As college students head out on spring break to popular locations this month, it is important to be aware that a real threat to personal security exists in many international locations. This threat can be minimized if individuals are prepared to recognize the risk, adjust their lifestyle and routines, and follow simple, sensible precautions. Personal security is ultimately an individual responsibility and any advice given to individuals will only be effective if taken seriously.

Crisis response firm Global Rescue offers these 5 tips to help keep safety a priority:

1. Be vigilant
Do not discuss personal matters with strangers, including your itinerary, place of lodging or mode of transportation. Limit knowledge of your travel plans and daily activities to those who need to know. Be aware that excess consumption of alcohol increases your risk of being a target of crime. Do not accept food or drink from strangers; would-be criminals often try to drug their victims through food and drink consumption. Ignore attempts by locals to provoke an argument. Change the topic of discussion and, if possible, remove yourself from the situation. Maintain an appearance of purpose and awareness. Do not look lost or refer frequently to a map in plain view. Walk as if you know where you are headed even if you do not know.

2. Exercise caution with taxis
Taxis ordered by phone are safer than those hailed on the street; ask for the cab number when ordering. Use only properly marked taxis and beware of unmarked cabs. Do not get into a taxi if there is a person sitting in the front passenger seat next to the driver. Know the route or general direction to your destination. If you’re unhappy about the direction in which the taxi is traveling, speak firmly to the driver. If there is no positive response from the driver, get out at the next stop.  It is always safer to travel with an acquaintance than alone.

3. Be hotel-savvy
Request a room using the following criteria:

  • Located on the side of the hotel farthest from the entrance (reduces the amount of traffic around your room)
  • Located on the lowest floor above ground level (makes it difficult for entry from the outside, while maintaining a lesser distance for travel in the event of an escape becoming necessary)
  • Without balcony, decreasing the number of entry points
  • Not overlooked by another room, lessening the number of opposing vantage points into your room

Say as little as possible to overly curious hotel staff. When you get to your room, check all available escape routes. Identify a simple evacuation route in the event of an emergency. This will greatly increase your survivability during an emergency situation. Lock the windows, and door(s) using the double lock system, if available use security chain. Check to ensure that the telephone works. Always keep a flashlight handy. Never leave important documents such as passport, air tickets, or money anywhere visible. Utilize the hotel or room safe when storing all unneeded personal documents and excess cash.

4. Take steps to prevent crime
Avoid carrying a purse or a wallet. If carrying a wallet is a must, something as simple as wrapping a rubber band around it helps prevent theft; this creates friction making it more difficult to pickpocket. At night only take sufficient money and one identity card. Leave the rest of the contents of your wallet in a secure place (hotel, apartment, etc.)

Criminals seek out those they feel are the weakest targets. A person travelling alone is extremely vulnerable to attacks. Individuals who are out of place, do not fit in, or have an apparent weakness are often targeted (i.e. intoxicated foreigners, female, handicapped). If you are being followed on a well-traveled street, indicate to your pursuer that you are aware of being followed. Then go straight for help or to a public area.

If confronted, stay calm, cooperate and surrender your valuables (at minimum producing a large monetary note hidden somewhere on your person). Do not attempt to fight your attacker as many robberies can end without violence. Safety is the most important thing. Attempt to study your attackers without being obvious, so that you can provide information to aid in identifying them to the police.

Kidnapping is a real threat to travelers everywhere, especially those who are perceived as wielding significant power or wealth. There are many actions that can be taken to decrease the chances of becoming a kidnap victim. Don’t become a creature of habit. Avoid predictable behavior by departing at different times and taking different routes. Be cautious. Be suspicious of anything unusual, and don’t be reluctant to report all such observations to the corporate security manager. Avoid obvious danger. Stay away from such as areas at night and locations with a reputation for being unsafe. If travel in a dangerous area is unavoidable, keep your awareness at the highest level.

5. Research before you go
Be familiar with security concerns relevant to your destination. Visit the US State Department site for travel alerts and warnings.

Global Rescue offers the travel intelligence tool GRID, providing information and resources necessary to ensure travelers’ health, safety, and security. GRID offers comprehensive details to help travelers prepare in advance and to stay informed once they have arrived at their destination. Travelers can view information by filters including environment, health, infrastructure, unrest and violence. Security assessments include a security risk rating, security risk overview, details on events of terrorism or civil unrest, and advice for staying safe.

To learn more, visit www.globalrescue.com or call +1-617-459-4200.

 

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Global Rescue Members in Action

  
  

Today we launch a new series, “Global Rescue Members in Action,” in which we highlight amazing accomplishments and soul-satisfying journeys undertaken by the Global Rescue community.  It’s thrilling to have Global Rescue members so spirited in their journeys and so committed to visiting every corner of the globe, eking out every last bit of adventure. These stories are too good to keep to ourselves.

To kick off the series, we begin with some of the stand-outs from the Global Rescue “In the Spirit of Adventure” photo contest to hear more about how they captured such compelling images.

Our first profile is of Doug Paulding, a photographer who submitted a stellar shot of the Aron River in Florence.  Read about the rower he happened upon on a calm, Italian morning.

 Global Rescue, Italy

“I travel and write about wine and spirits and was on a wine press trip to Chianti Classico in May.  My flight home was from Florence, Italy, in the early afternoon so I had most of the morning to explore the city. 

"I went for a walk on the Arno River, stopping frequently to take photos.  I stood on several of the bridges framing some beautiful scenes with my camera.  From an adjacent bridge, I snapped a few pictures of Florence's most famous bridge, Ponte Vecchio.  It was a beautiful, serene, subtle light, cloudy morning. The picture needed something more. I looked the other way and saw a rower coming my way.   I got my angle and camera settings, framed the picture and waited for the scull to come under my bridge. The cloudy reflection in the water, the rower's oar circles and the setting gave the picture the "action" I was looking for.  My Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor 18-55 mm zoom lens set at 55mm captured the moment perfectly.”

Do you have a great story to share about your travels? We want to hear about it! If you (or someone you know) would like to be considered as a “Global Rescue Member in Action,” tell us why in an email to press@globalrescue.com.

 

Prepare for climbing season with high-altitude tips

  
  

Everest, Global Rescue, medical evacuation

Climbing season is fast approaching. With years of practice in high-altitude medicine, Dr. Eric Johnson, an associate medical director with Global Rescue, is a globally recognized expert who has seen it all. He offers the following “rules of engagement” for Global Rescue members taking on challenges such as Everest, Island Peak, or Manaslu:

 Rules of Engagement:

1.) Do Research

Especially if you are going above 8,000-10,000 feet, know the basics of your trip itinerary and ascent profile, and be prepared to prevent and manage potential challenges such as altitude sickness.  Many websites provide valuable information, and Global Rescue has an earlier post from Dr. Johnson available here: “The facts of altitude sickness.”

2.) Never Ascend with Signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

This is the most important rule! AMS is the most common type of altitude sickness and mimics hangovers and dehydration in symptoms.  These symptoms include:

a.       Headache

b.      Feeling tired

c.       Feeling lightheaded

d.      Having no appetite

e.      Trouble sleeping

f.        Nausea and sometimes vomiting

When addressed, acute mountain sickness is not a life-threatening condition.  Allow yourself to recover, either by stopping or descending somewhat until symptoms resolve.  Dr. Johnson has never encountered a case in which acute mountain sickness prevented someone from completing his or her journey if prevention and treatment guidelines were followed. As long as those with symptoms are given time to recover, they can continue to ascend. 

NOTE: Someone with AMS symptoms should NEVER be left alone to recover.  If the group is moving on without an affected member, be sure there is a second person waiting with the member with AMS.

3.) Don’t Rush Your Trip

Many adventurers encounter problems only when they try to ascend too quickly.  It is always worth the few extra days on the trail to ensure that your ascent goes safely – and more importantly, to prevent your illness from escalating to the point of requiring evacuation.

4.) It’s OK to get AMS; it’s just NOT OK to die from it.

Many people encounter problems because they do not accept that they may be suffering from acute mountain sickness.  It is critical to understand, Dr. Johnson emphasizes, that “altitude has no respect for fitness” and that AMS can strike anyone. When it comes to AMS, physical condition is not a factor, and you cannot predict how your body will react to altitude.  A Golden Rule of the Himalayan Rescue Association, Dr. Johnson shared, is that any illness “like the flu” that occurs is acute mountain sickness until proven otherwise. 

NOTE: It is important to be aware of two more severe forms of altitude sickness, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).  HAPE and HACE are less common, but are more dangerous.

·         HAPE symptoms:  cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and signs of pneumonia are all symptoms of HAPE. 

·         HACE symptoms:  stumbling or clumsiness, lethargy, and altered mental status, are all symptoms of HACE. As with the rule above, anyone who exhibits these signs or trouble walking should be treated as having HAPE or HACE until proven otherwise. 

5.) Carry Medication

Diamox (Acetazolamide) can be used for the prevention or treatment of acute mountain sickness.  Recently ibuprofen has also been proven to help treat AMS, and not simply the headache symptoms. 

6.) Don’t Consume Alcohol

Because the symptoms of acute mountain sickness resemble alcohol hangovers, it is crucial to refrain from alcohol consumption in order to better recognize and attend to any AMS that may occur.  In general, always aim to be in prime physical condition when ascending in any form, trek or climb.

7.) Have Evacuation Services

Dr. Johnson remarked that it should be mandatory, when participating in a trek or climb, to have a contracted evacuation service.  Those who follow him up the mountain are, in fact, required to show proof of coverage should an emergency occur.  While some trekking and/or climbing companies do not require this service, adventurers should be cautious of those that do not at least recommend the investment.  Those companies may be one of the more than 2,000 companies in Katmandu alone that are attempting to take advantage of their customers, regardless of the health consequences. 

It is critical to fully understand how to access your evacuation provider, and to have communication capability yourself, not relying on your guide.  A satellite phone and your evacuation provider’s contact information should be on your person at all times.

Be cautious with the trekking company you use and don’t forget to get evacuation coverage!

Additional information about Global Rescue for climbers and trekkers can be found  here.

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Headed to the Sochi Winter Games? Be sure to register your SAT phone SIM.

  
  

If you’re headed to Sochi, it’s important to note new regulations that require non-Russian visitors to register with the Russian government all satellite phone SIMs.

According to a recent article, if you are a visitor to Russia, your satellite phone or terminal must be registered through iridium-russia.com as a visiting SIM card.  Once registered, the SIM card may be used in Russian territory for a period of 6 months.  If you expect to return a second time during that 6 month period, you do not need to re-register.  If you return again after the 6 month period has expired, you must re-register for another 6 month period.  The article notes that registering “can be thought of as getting a ‘VISA’ for your satellite phone.”

"Iridium satellite phones are International Telecommunication Union (ITU) approved, and Russia is an ITU member country. However they still require registration to be used in Russia," noted Andy Cool of Explorer Satellite Communications, Inc.

To register your SAT phone SIM, go to https://www.iridium-russia.com/.

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