Greater awareness and education are needed to help prevent acute mountain sickness

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7311.514/a (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:514
  1. J Windsor, expedition doctor, 2001 DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency) Aconcagua expedition (MD4VTS13@sheffield.co.uk),
  2. H Montgomery, expedition doctor, 2001 British joint services expedition
  1. 12 Ashgate Road, Sheffield S10 3BZ
  2. Cardiovascular Genetics, Third Floor, Rayne Institute, London WC1E 6JJ

    EDITOR—Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m) is the highest mountain on the South American continent. Despite being described by early explorers as “the most gruelling ordeal known to climbers,”1 in 2000-1 it was visited by 4197 people.2

    Aconcagua is usually climbed by one of two routes, with over 80% of visitors favouring the “normal route.” This is a straightforward route and attracts many trekkers with little experience of altitude. The second approach is usually chosen by more experienced climbers and mountaineers. Last year, for the first time, …

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