David Gilbert

Logistics coordinator, safety officer, first aid, heavy gear packhorse.

LsquareDG15 SELECTDavid is an exceptionally fit and strong endurance athlete, who is a specialist in safety, rescue and critical medical care. He has competed in seven Ironman triathlons and eight one-day and multi-day ultramarathon races.

David has worked for over twenty years as Intensive Care nurse at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. He is that hospital’s most highly qualified nurse in the field of Critical Care.

From 2010-2012, he worked in the field of medical repatriation, bringing critically sick and injured Canadians back home from all over the world. He holds current certifications in both CPR and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support).

David has extensive expedition experience spanning decades, ranging from wilderness backpacking trips in New Zealand, the Himalayas, Iceland and Canada, to canoe and kayak expeditions through wild and remote regions of British Columbia.

In addition to David’s critical care and first aid qualifications, he has a long history of wilderness rescue.

He worked as cross-country Ski Patrol at Cypress Bowl in 1987-1988, with training including avalanche safety. He was a Search and Rescue volunteer from 1990-1993, and specialist in both land searches and tracking, as well as underwater (scuba diving) search and recovery. He maintained certification in Industrial First Aid from 1988-1993, and during that period he competed in Worksafe BC’s “mass casualty” competitions.