About Guide Base

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Tom, Founder of Guide Base

Hi, Im Tom, a Paramedic and the founder of Guide Base.

I developed a keen interest in wilderness and expedition medicine while studying in London and once qualified, I began working around the UK at a number of events alongside my NHS work. These events ranged from multi-day ultra marathons to downhill mountain bike races.

In more recent years, I've been fortunate enough to work overseas, supporting expeditions on Kilimanjaro, through Sierra Leone, France, Greece, Russia and Georgia. I've also provided medical cover to the INEOS Britannia Yacht Racing Team.

During this time, I've come to realise the importance of not only medical ability, but also how one can function and care for themselves in challenging environments.

Therefore, I founded Guide Base with the aim of combining both technical enviromental training with wilderness medical education in an accessible format.

Thomas Bicknell BSc (Hons), PGCE, PgCert (Global Health), FHEA