From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network
Nobody ever expected this expedition to be easy.¬† Conducting medical research near the top of the worlds highest point certainly creates challenges.¬† Mother nature is one of those obstacles that the team is having to overcome.¬† The extreme temperatures are playing games with both equipment and the researchers.¬† Much of the equipment, including our computers,¬†is run off battery. ¬†Battery¬†life is greatly diminished in the cold.¬† And the frigid nighttime temps can play havoc on other research material that¬†should ideally be stored in controlled conditions, something that is a little hard to do when you're working in tents.
But team members, including technology lead Dr. Amine¬†Issa, are working hard to find solutions that are keeping the¬†gathering of data on track. We were able to get two of Dr. Issa's brief comments out from base camp today -- this is raw footage due to temporary technical limitations.