The open consultation on a new definition for acute mountain sickness is now open: go to this link: altitude.org/ams to express your views.
Have you, or someone you know, ever suffered from HAPE (high altitude pulmonary oedema)? If so, please visit the HAPE
Database today to find out more, or click to register
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.
Both the surface of the Earth, and the atmosphere, bulge outwards around the Equator. This means that there is comparatively less atmosphere above the North Pole than there is above the tropical regions. If Mount Everest was on the North Pole, it would not be possible to climb it without supplementary oxygen.
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Last modified 16th November 2010