We will have a second ‘live’ session next Tuesday at 1300 Pacific time (GMT/UTC -8). You are all welcome to join, and just like this week our conversation will be recorded and posted in case you are unable to participate in person. @manoel will provide the zoom link later on.
The three Lessons that we will cover this week include: Lesson 4: Bodies at Altitude; Lesson 5: Water Towers; and Lesson 6: Glaciers.
To provide some focus to this weeks ‘live’ session I thought it would be useful to provide a few additional resources to guide our conversation. In particular, I thought we could talk about what Zac has been experiencing over the past days during their successful climb of Mt Logan (5959 m) - they reached the summit on Tuesday.
We probably won’t be able to connect with Zac directly, but other climbers and scientists have documented what conditions are like at high altitude. Listen to Dr. Melanie Windridge talk about her May 2018 climb of Mt Everest: How does it feel to climb Mount Everest? Physiology and medicine at high altitude - YouTube
An improved understanding of high altitude physiology, acclimatisation and nutrition was instrumental in getting Hillary and Tenzing to the top of Everest in 1953. But why does the human body shut down at high altitude? How does it feel to climb Everest? And what medical care is available on the mountain? Melanie talks to volunteer doctors Carlo Canepa and Suvash “Dawa” Dawadi to find out about the dangers of altitude sickness and the ailments of climbers on the world’s highest mountain.
April and May is the usual season for climbing Mt Everest, but the recent, devastating increase in covid-19 cases in Nepal has certainly placed this climbing season into doubt. See: Everest Covid outbreak throws climbing season into doubt | Mount Everest | The Guardian and Several Everest Climbers Test Positive for Covid - The New York Times
I might also say a few things about one of my other projects, Mountains of Relief https://www.mountainsofrelief.org. With our partners in Nepal we are helping to organize the distribution of emergency food aid in remote mountain villages, but even this has been prevented by the current lock-down restrictions.
Hope to see you on Tuesday if you can make it (and of course in the Study Group chat all week).