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Preventing frostbite Preventing frostbite

Hi guys. I'm not a climber. However, I dreamed of climbing when I was much younger. My area of expertise is heat transfer. I've seen quite a few climbers on TV who were missing fingers and/or toes. An idea popped into my head which you all probably know about already. But I have to mention it. If you're in danger of losing your fingers, pull your arms out of your coat sleeves and hold them ...
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Ice Cave Collapse

In Washington State an easily accessible hiking destination was the area of collapse snow/ice cave tragedy. Luckily more people were involved.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/danger ... ailsignout
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Looking for feedback on my latest project

Hi there,

Long time reader of summit post (and forums). First time poster.

I guided for four years worked in Search and Rescue -- I noticed two things:
1. Finding certification courses and information wasn't easy.
2. People with certifications (even basic ones like WFA) can really save lives and make a difference.

I recently stopped guiding. And I started a project. I'm trying to get a ton of wilderness medicine (and safety) courses in ...
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beta blockers and altitude

Hi all. I was recently diagnosed with fairly severe hypertension despite being fit and in otherwise good health. It is now well controlled with medication but one of the medications is the beta blocker carvedilol. I understand that beta blockers slow heart rate and reduce cardiac output to some degree so I am concerned about my upcoming trip to Mexico (Ixta, Orizaba) in January. I have noticed a very slight decrease in exercise stamina on ...
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EPO for altitude


Illicit use of EPO being huge in the cycling world, I'm suddenly struck that I've never really heard about it used for high altitude climbing.

I'm not a medical professional, nor am I an EPO user - I'm just a non-doping amateur athlete, and so my interest in such topics is limited to stuff I read and what I've seen. But from WHAT I know, it seems like EPO could be every bit as ...
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Overweight cal intake? Please help

Good day, I am overweight by a fair amount, 280 lbs for 5'7". I love hiking in the winter, I find it is a good way to loose weight. The weight that I would be conformable to be at would be about 180 lbs so as you can see, when I an fully geared up, it's like I have 100 lbs that I am carrying over and above my pack. Most people, when t comes ...
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Improvement Improvement

Watch out, he sets an example: http://vimeo.com/77720672 :!:
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Awesome serie about mountain rescue

I just happen to come by this when searching on youtube...

Got a certificate as paramedic myself, but these guys are just on an entire different level:

There are 6 episodes so far i think.

ps: not sure if this is worth making a topic over, but enjoy!
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Frostbite treatment clinics?

Dear all,

A friend of mine has summited Denali (solo). On the way down a member from another team fell down and broke his leg. He helped them get down, but in the process they ended up spending a night on Denali in horrific weather. Anyway, to make a long story short, he has what looks like serious frostbite on his hands, toes, and nose.

Can anybody here recommend a frostbite treatment clinic in Europe ...
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New Findings on Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is two illnesses, according to Edinburgh scientists. From the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edi ... e-26786483
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