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The Altitude Experience: Successful Trekking and Climbing Above 8,000 Feetby Michael Farris
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THE ALTITUDE EXPERIENCE: Successful Trekking and Climbing Above 8,000 Feet (Falcon)
The first comprehensive guide for climbing above 8,000 feet
The one-volume resource for any traveler who will be at high altitude for any period of time, this guide contains organized technical information from medical and science texts as well as anecdotes from real climbers who share their own experiences, in the body as well as the mind. This new book also lists preparation and training guidelines for ascending altitude, tips on how to acclimate, what to bring, how to "come down" after descent, and how to treat altitude sickness if it occurs. This is a practical guide for anyone new to such travel, as well as an up-to-date guide with new information for experienced climbers.
Mike Farris is a biology professor at Hamline University and an experienced high-altitude climber who has traveled throughout North America, South America and the Himalayas. He lives in Northfield, Minnesota.
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Farris (Hamline U.) has been a mountain climber and hiker for over 30 years, and he has used his experience and expertise to write this guide to conducting high-altitude treks that tax the human body in extreme ways. Drawing upon real-world examples that deal with the heat, cold, dehydration, oxygen deprivation and emotional stress of these endeavors, the author covers every possible scenario, and how to adapt and persevere when plans fall apart. Written for anyone interested in hiking and climbing in high altitudes, this book also contains plenty of charts, photographs and diagrams that are practical and clear when making preparations for these journeys. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book is a comprehensive, practical resource for travelers, trekkers, and climbers who are going to be living at high elevation for any period of time. The author simplifies and organizes the technical information found in scientific texts and combines it with excerpts from actual expedition accounts and narratives to present a complete picture of how altitude affects the body both physically and psychologically. The book also includes complete guidelines for how to prepare for travel at altitude, including how to train and acclimatize, what to bring, how to treat altitude sickness should it occur, and how to "come down" from an experience at high altitude.
Hiking, trekking, and climbing at high altitude can be both enjoyable and challenging.
The Altitude Experience provides the tools and knowledge needed to have a safer and more successful outing, whether youre day hiking above treeline in Colorado or aiming for the summit of Mount Everest.
For the first time, one book combines the science of the bodys responses to high altitude with the accumulated wisdom of experienced adventurers. Author and high-altitude climber Mike Farris presents in-depth coverage of how heat, cold, dehydration, emotional factors, and exercise affect human performance at altitude—and how to prepare for them. The science of high-altitude biology is explained in a clear, accessible format and supplemented with real-world examples.
Look inside for answers to these questions:
What changes will take place in your body at altitude?
How might your body respond?
How can you train for altitude and improve acclimatization?
What social and psychological factors are likely to affect your experience at altitude?
What can you do before, during, and after your trip to improve performance?
With practical advice on topics ranging from picking partners to picking food to picking up the pieces when things dont go as planned, The Altitude Experience is your go-to resource for exploring the beauty and exhilaration of the worlds high places.
About the Author
Mike Farris is a college professor who teaches upper-level seminars on high-altitude human biology at Hamline University in Minnesota. He is an experienced high-altitude climber who has climbed extensively throughout North and South American and the Himalayas. He is also the author of Rock Climbing Minnesota and Wisconsin (Falcon).
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