High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

I had woke in the middle of the night not being able to take in a deep breath, like this tight rubber band was wrapped around my chest and with each inhale a gurgle sound would echo inside. I sat upright and struggled to breath. I woke my climbing/tent partner and as he pressed his [...]

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Jebal Toubkal (4,167m)

Jebal Toubkal (4,167m)

Our trek began and ended in a small village. The Atlas Mountains are jagged and dry with small pockets of green where Berber villages cling in existence. The seven day trek would take us on a circular route up and down steep ridges thousands of feet up then descend the same distance down the other [...]

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HAPE Medical Study

Photo by Tim Hagan (Me attempting to breathe with HAPE)

I had been on an expedition to Denali, Alaska when I was approached by a research doctor at one of the high camps after learning that I had come down with High Altitude Pulmonary Edema the previous year. He gave me his business card and asked me to call him once I was out of [...]

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Kedarnath, Shiva’s Disappearing Act

Kedarnath, Shiva’s Disappearing Act

The priest led us through the temple doors into the jammed room of chanting voices and clanking bells. Shoulder to shoulder we inched our way through the throng to the large rock that protruded from the stone floor, the remnant of Shiva’s hump after diving into the earth in the disguise of a bull. Circling [...]

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