Have you, or someone you know, ever suffered from HAPE (high altitude pulmonary oedema)? If so, please visit the HAPE
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Tragic death in Peru
Every year we are contacted in connection with tragedies in the mountains. Understandably, many people choose not to speak out about the loss of their loved ones. We are grateful to those who do, because the best way to prevent more people from dying is to publicise the risks.
Please take the time to read some of the accounts of deaths at high altitude
on this website, and this brave report from a son, describing how he lost his father in Peru in May 2012.
The closest point on the earth to the sun (ie, the furthest point from the centre of the earth) is Chimborazo, in Ecuador (6267m; 20560ft). Why is it not Mount Everest? This is because the earth is not a perfect sphere - our planet actually bulges out around the equator because of the centrifugal force created by its constant spinning.
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Last modified 16th November 2010