The Original Crew


Andy Brainard MD, MPH, FACEM

Andy  is currently an Emergency Physician at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. He has extensive experience and training in emergency, wilderness and pre-hospital medicine. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and a current Wilderness Medical Associates instructor. He has published and presented extensively on a range of wilderness medicine topics. Andrew has a rich and varied background with experience as a ski patroller, flight paramedic, firefighter and public health consultant forming just a small part of his career to date. His recreational interests include travel, sailing, skiing, climbing and backpacking.

Chip Gresham MD, FACEM

Chip is a US trained emergency medicine physician and a medical toxicologist working at Middlemore hospital in Auckland New Zealand where he also serves as the clinical director of medication safety. He completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Massachusetts followed by a 2 year medical toxicology/toxinolgy fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre in Phoenix, Arizona.  When not at work, Chip can be found somewhere outdoors, pursuing his passions which include rock climbing, ice climbing, exploring places he has not been yet and suffering from an incurable case of wanderlust.