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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...up. In the descent we felt discomfort (such as was experienced in the ascent between Junction and Footstool Camp) down to a much lower level, as far as Corner Camp (13,000 feet), than we had felt in the ascent. We seemed to become continuously less able to hold out against altitude the longer we remained at a higher level. I several times took my temperature, but never hit it at anything but normal."2 It must be borne in mind that in this division of mountain-sickness acclimatisation ceases at great heights, because, in consequence of the everincreasing weakness, we become more sensitive to the action of the rarefied air; thus we see from the foregoing quotation that Conway and his companions felt worse when they descended to lower levels. The necessity of distinguishing the effects of weakness from those of rarefied air now becomes apparent. During the ascent one is stronger and more resistant, whereas in descending one is attacked by mountain-sickness at lesser heights owing to the state of greater exhaustion brought about by the casualties of the excursion. This is the reverse of what takes place in the acute form, which disappears, as we have seen, when one passes from thinner into denser air. Even on Monte Rosa at an altitude of 4,560 metres the acute and slow forms of mountain-sickness are easily distinguishable. Several of our party suffered from nausea and vomiting, violent headache, physical prostration 1 Edward Whymper, Travels amongst the Great Andes of the Equator. London, 1892, p-374 W. M. Conway, Climbing and Exploration in the Aarahoram-Himalayas. Scientific Results, p. 113. with loss of appetite and sleep. In myself and others, on the contrary, phenomena of the slow type manifested themselves. Many will have noticed...
  • ISBN13: 9781230470115
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00148
Dimensions7.4 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
Primary CategoryHistory/General

Life of Man on the High Alps

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