Makalu 2009: High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
[The proud west face, October 2008. "My goal for this trip is to assess the feasibility of a route out of the upper most (right hand) ice field in the center-right of this face. The top of the top ice field is about 7,400 meters. I hope to get there and touch the headwall." Photo: © Steve House]
Steve House called in this morning with the latest news from his Makalu expedition. It's hard to imagine drowning when you're 22,000 feet above sea level but that's what almost happened to Steve the other night in his tent at high camp.
Listen to Steve House – Makalu, May 14, 2009
(mp3 – 11:21 – right-click to download)
Steve mentioned carrying medicine for High Altitude Pulmonary Edema in a post he wrote back in 2007, but this is the first time he's experienced the condition himself. Our best goes out to Steve for a speedy recovery and hopefully some more time on the mountain.