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Items Tagged ‘Mount Everest’

May 15, 2013

Mayo Research Adds "New Chapter" to National Geographic's Everest

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Our friend, the veteran mountaineer Conrad Anker, is the author of the latest National Geographic  book on Mount Everest, covering the earliest days of attempted assaults on the peak to the latest climbs including the expedition that included Mayo Clinic’s research team. One of the chapters in The Call of Everest is penned by the […]

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Tags: Mount Everest, National Geographic, physiology


May 29, 2012

"What Everest Teaches About Disease" – WSJ

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Kudos to Shirley Wang for her article in today’s Wall St. Journal on the Mayo Everest expedition. Page D3 in the print edition, here’s the online story.

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mount Everest, National Geographic, physiology, The North Face


May 28, 2012

The Why of Researching on Everest

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Dr. Bruce Johnson explains about researching in extreme environments: Our research laboratory has a long history of studying the limits of human performance and human adaptation in extreme environments. This has a number of practical applications, such as the deployment of troops to these environments (like Afghanistan – cold, high and dry) or workers that […]

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Tags: altitude research, Mount Everest, National Geographic, physiology, research education, The North Face


May 26, 2012

Another Summit

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Conrad Anker has summited as well. What’s more, he did it without oxygen. Part of a day’s rest and he was off. See the NatGeo report. That makes six climbers from the North Face/NatGeo expedition that successfully reached the top of Everest. Read the news release that summarizes the ascents. Everyone should be at base […]

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Tags: Mount Everest, National Geographic, The North Face


May 25, 2012

Summit

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The team summited just about when predicted…about 9:15 Central time last evening, but morning in Nepal. Emily Harrington’s Facebook page says “Stood on the top of the world this morning, en route back down safely.”  NatGeo reports all climbers are now safely back to Camp 4…and are splitting up after a rest…two starting for base […]

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Tags: Mount Everest, National Geographic, North Face


May 24, 2012

Summit Expected This Evening

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The North Face/NatGeo Everest team is now climbing the last leg of the ascent of the highest peak in the world. They left camp 4…and are estimated to summit about 7 pm Central Time tonight. Check out the latest from writer Mark Jenkins at the NatGeo blog. All are wearing monitors that are recording their position […]

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Tags: altitude research, Mount Everest, National Geographic, North Face


May 24, 2012

"After" Tests Now Underway

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With many experiments it boils down to a “before” and an “after” — today was the after experience for North Face’s Derek Campbell and Mayo’s Joel Streed. They were both back in the lab on Mayo’s Rochester campus running through the same bank of tests they did before leaving for Everest over a month ago. […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mount Everest, National Geographic, North Face, physiology


May 24, 2012

Heading to Camp 4

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As of this morning, the North Face/NatGeo team headed out of Camp 3 for the long trek up to Camp 4. Weather appears favorable and everyone is well. Mark Jenkins filed a report on the NatGeo blog as the last report from the team before they set out today. We will relay what information we […]

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Tags: Mount Everest, National Geographic, The North Face


May 21, 2012

What is the Death Zone?

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Another in our series on the science of the expedition, Dr. Jim McEachen, Mayo Clinic aerospace medicine fellow provides background [Editor’s note: this was written before the most recent deaths]  In 1998, the popular PBS series Nova reported an ominous piece of data.  For every six successful summits on Everest, one person will die.  The show was following […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mount Everest, mountain climbing, physiology


May 21, 2012

Tragic news from Everest, but Team Begins Ascent

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At this writing the deaths of four climbers from various expeditions have been confirmed and a fifth climber remains missing on the upper levels of Mount Everest. The French news service lists the climbers as originating from China, Canada, South Korea and Germany.  The news stories attribute the deaths to complications from altitude sickness and […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mount Everest


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