Avoiding deaths on EverestBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7568.603-b (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:603
- Stephen P Cobley, lecturer (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Jim McKenna, professor2,
- John Allan, lecturer
- 2 Fairfax Hall, Carnegie Faculty of Sport & Education, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds LS3 6QS
EDITOR—Sutherland attributes prolonged exposure to high altitude through protracted rates of ascent as a fundamental cause of deaths on Everest,1 but the success of most expeditions emphasises that death at high altitude is avoidable.
The Everest West Ridge expedition (http://www.armyoneverest.mod.uk/) highlights the importance of a collective, inclusive approach in extreme conditions that incorporates detailed planning, dynamic leadership, and a holistic maintenance of the overall aim. …