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.

 The elevation of the South Pole is 2835m above sea level. The ice which covers Antarctica is on average 1600m thick, making this the highest continent, at least for now. The population of Antarctica varies from 4000 in summer to 1000 in winter.


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Last modified 16th November 2010