Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a very dangerous symptom associated with the high altitude. The cause of it is very well understood and the treatment is 100% effective if executed timely but, if neglected it can lead to death. So why do tourists die not only on Everest climb at 8848m but merely hiking to the Everest Base Camp at 5300m? As an experienced exercise physiologist and operator of Himalayan climbs and bike rides, I have asked myself this question every time I hear another pointless death. So, how to make the Everest base Camp trek safe and enjoyable? Continue reading →
Why is high altitude so useful and beneficial to the Marathon training and similar endurance compositions? Good Question. What can be good about a harsh environment, where some people experience Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)? Continue reading →
The ups and downs of the job and the stress from competitive pressure are manageable in short-term and even beneficial to stimulate the mind. With an increased pressure to ‘perform’ the answer is in an increase of the productivity.
Full Annapurna Circuit mountain bike ride is a very physical level adventure, which will raise your metabolism to levels you can rarely experience, the best possible gift one can offer to their body and mind. It is an adventure for experienced and fit mountain bike rider, however there is a way of combing trekking on the way up and a tremendous 3000m downhill.
Thinking Himalayas? Think Tibet, it is so different and unusual but so difficult to explore in genuine way because Tibet is in such a peril due to decades-long struggle for independence.
I was in Tibet few years ago climbing Cho Oyu, close to the pass where previous year many Tibetan refugees were shot by Chinese soldiers while trying to escape to Nepal. It was really sad and poignant being there and speaking to these people still in horror of the event. When I asked the owner of local Tibetan restaurants, set-up in the tent in Chinese Basecamp, why she has a portrait of local Lama and not Dalai Lama, she showed me a gesture of slapping her face and pointing on Chinese soldiers. There were no words necessary.
In response to the Oracle of Delphi, declaring him the wisest man on earth, Socrates replied:
“I know one thing: that I know nothing.”
It has always puzzled me, what it actually means. It is a strange paradox to hear from wise, well-educated man such a self-deprecating statement. Socrates was too wise to engage in self-deprecation, he knew his value to society, his position and knowledge. What he meant was that the knowledge and wisdom are endless, so even the wisest man can and should learn from others. The open mind is the sign of a wise and experienced man, who learns from others mistakes in preference to learning from his own.
It would be difficult 10 or maybe even 5 years ago to release ‘The Sugar’ movie due to the pressure from the sugar industry. Today it is so much easier for independent people to raise the issues of unethical behaviour and corruption of big industrial players after Tabaco industry interests have been discredited by genuine science, combating for decades hired highly paid and resourced apologist scientists.
It is amazing and terrifying how profoundly it affects all of us.
In less than 10 years, Uruguay has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, according to the national director of energy, Ramón Méndez.
Renewables provide 94.5% of the country’s electricity, prices are lower than in the past relative to inflation. There are also fewer power cuts because a diverse energy mix means greater resilience to droughts, which also increase GDP by 2%. Continue reading →
We had fantastic time and great climbing experience to Naya Kanga. It
was perfect adventure with great people and great crew. The trek to
Kyanjin Gumba was awesome, food, lodge accommodation and acclimatization
to spectacular Tsergo Ri. Our master chef Anup prepared the most
amazing food in the Base Camp as well as in the high camp