Effects Of High Altitude

Guests: Peter Hackett Founder Himalayan Rescue Association Author, Mountain Sickness: Prevention, Recognition, and Treatment , published by American Alpine Club Grand Junction, Colorado Gail Rosenbaum Supervising Psychometrist University of Washington Harbor View Medical Center Seattle, Washington Fourty-four years ago this month, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Since then, more than 600 climbers have summitted the mountain, and more than 100 have died. While weather is a factor in many of those deaths, the conditions above 29,000 feet also contribute. In this hour of Science Friday, we'll look at the effects that high-altitudes have on climbers' bodies and their minds.

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