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Happy Birthday Alex Kasak!

Posted on May 4th, 2012 by Admin

Mayo Everest Research Team member Alex Kasak is celebrating his 25th birthday on Mount Everest today. Alex, from Austin, Minnesota, is a research assistant who was added to the team at the last moments and has played an important role in all the testing that's going on. He already began receiving Facebook greetings from his friends yesterday as he is 11 hours ahead of us in the Midwest. We will try to find out if the Sherpa cooks came up with anything resembling a birthday cake.

Update from the field... The Sherpa cooks outdid themselves, presenting Alex a cake to a resounding version of Happy Birthday.

(apologies for the picture quality)

In other news, it became official yesterday that climber Cory Richards won't be rejoining the team, and is, in fact, headed back home. He is in good health, but because there was no definitive diagnosis of his breathing problems, the decision was made that he would not return. NatGeo's Mark Jenkins has details in his blog post. Everyone at Mayo wishes Cory well and enjoyed meeting him when he came for his baseline testing. His enthusiasm and philosophy contributed greatly to the expedition, not to mention his excellent photography.

Conrad Anker interview from Mt.Everest Base Camp

Posted on May 4th, 2012 by Admin

Everest expedition leader Conrad Anker gave this interview to Mayo Clinic News Network's Joel Streed on May 1, 2012 at base camp on the mountain. Video and images you see were taken by Joel Streed on location; laboratory footage of Conrad Anker was taken by Mayo Clinic while he underwent baseline testing at the clinic in April.

Dispatch from the Field (5-4-12)

Posted on May 4th, 2012 by Admin

From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network

It was back to task this morning, as we ran the climbers through an abbreviated series of testing.  This was also most likely the final round of physical testing that the climbers will go through before heading to the summit.

In the picture below, Hilaree O'Neill completes her exercise test as Dr. Bruce Johnson, Dr. Bryan Taylor and Alex Kasak monitor her progress.