Our first message from research team leader, Mayo investigator Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.¬†
All good, have the lab set up and looks really good.¬† Last night my O2 sats (saturation) were 74, which makes my PaO2 about in the 40's... much lower than you would ever allow a patient to get.¬† We are sleeping on a glacier very near the icefalls and thus you can hear the ice cracking during the night and avalanches around us with the occasional spray into base camp.¬†¬† Day temps are in the 40's or a little higher and night temps close to 5 or 10 above. Everything freezes at night and usually there is a little snow in the late afternoon with sunny still mornings.¬† We are now linked with the Montana State crew and will add one or two of them to our study.¬†¬† Our goal will be daily testing now and amazingly our cylinders made it up on the back of a porter even though it was a struggle getting them through customs and we left before they did. The porters got them up here in 3 days (large gas cylinders with our diffusion mix in them). The team seems pretty healthy and we will be doing some side one-hour treks for The North Face to test some of their prototype equipment to fill in any gaps.¬† However we estimate that the testing will take 6-7 hours a day, which does not include set up, analysis, and data storage.¬† The athletes are all gone at the present time, acclimatizing to higher camps, but will be back to go through testing 2 times and get instrumented hopefully for their summit attempt.