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Episode 4 - dr. peter hackett, high altitude medicine pioneer

THIS IS EPISODE 4 WITH DR. PETER HACKETT. IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED HOW TO PLAN AND ACCLIMATIZE ON AN ADVENTURE AT ALTITUDE, YOU CAN THANK DR. HACKETT FOR STARTING THE CONVERSATION.

 FOR THOSE DOCTORS AND EVEN SOME OF THE HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDES OUT THERE, DR. HACKETT’S NAME IS WELL RECOGNIZED AS THE EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE. AS A CLIMBER, EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN AND RESEARCHER HE HAS REFINED HIS EXPERTISE OVER THE DECADES.

 

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This is episode 4 with Dr. Peter Hackett. If you’ve ever wondered how to plan and acclimatize on an adventure at altitude, you can thank Dr. Hackett for starting the conversation.

For those doctors and even some of the high altitude guides out there, Dr. Hackett’s name is well recognized as THE expert when it comes to high altitude medicine. As a climber, emergency physician and researcher he has refined his expertise over the decades.

What is less well known is how a passion for adventure and a willingness to chase an opportunity on a shoestring budget led to over six formative years with the people and mountains of Nepal, which set the stage for the indelible mark he has left on mountain medicine today. Sure there will be some talk about medicine, but I encourage you all to have a listen to the end. This is a story about the courage to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way, and a testament to the positive impact that can come not only to you but to others by saying yes to adventure.

WHAT YOU WILL HEAR:
05:50 – We start with an entertaining story, early experiments paragliding on Denali
10:40 – Peter’s introduction to the mountain environment
12:20 – Coping with violence and trauma in the early years of medical training at San Francisco General Hospital
13:00 – Stepping away from the hospital and the early days on fire and rescue team in Yosemite
19:45 – First encounters with mountain sickness in Nepal
20:30 – Early involvement with Himalayan Rescue Association
22:30 – Monitoring Buddhist Monks’ health in northern India
24:20 – First trip to the Karakoram and K2
27:00 – Interesting patient cases from the early days at the HRA
28:35 – Some insights into cultural acceptance of death amongst the Sherpa
30:45 – Sick trekkers at altitude and the inspiration for acclimatization guidelines
36:40 – Confronting trekking agencies about altitude safety
40:55 – Early research on a shoestring budget
44:50 – His breakthrough paper on mountain illness published in 1976
55:50 – Some interesting life experiences that widened his perspective beyond medicine
59:20 – Comments about how we may be ‘overtrained’ relative to the healthcare needs of the Third World
61:40 – What gave Peter the courage to step out of a traditional career in medicine
68:40 – An early interest in psychiatry and a surprise connection to Nepal
74:15 – The importance of having the courage to take advantage of an opportunity
80:00 -The importance of adventure for personal health and health of the planet
81:50 – Some closing advice for the next generation.

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Episode 3 - David Morton and THE JUNIPER FUND

THIS IS EPISODE 3 WITH INTERNATIONAL GUIDE, PHOTOGRAPHER AND ATHLETE, DAVID MORTON. WE’LL DISCOVER HOW DAVID FOUND HIS CALLING IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO HIS SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A GUIDE ON THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE WORLD

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In the setting of the high Himalaya, our focus will shift to the discovery of a unmet need and the calling for a different sort of journey. We remember the mountain tragedies and the ensuing insights that led him and partners to start the Juniper Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to provide assistance to individuals, families and communities adversely impacted by their work for the mountain-based adventure industry.

 

Some of their successes have included: the provision of funds to cover living expenses for families left behind by the death of a mountain workers in the Himalaya, supporting vocational programs to help the widowed move on with a viable income, and increasing overall awareness of the adverse impact of the dangerous but growing mountain tourism industry on indigenous culture.

 

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WHAT YOU WILL HEAR:

 

03:00 – The start of his inspiration to engage with the high mountains of the world

11:00-  David expands on his curiosity to connecting with indigenous culture in his mountaineering destinations

20:30 – We expand on the transition point, when we begin to re-evaluate our emphasis on climbing in our lives

24:00 – Dave explores the change in perspective having to watch and document the Everest icefall tragedy where 16 sherpa lost their lives

25:30 – The unsettling impact of the earthquake in 2015

29:00 – We explore incidents leading to the start of the Juniper Fund and the partnership with Melissa Arnot

33:20 – Lessons learned on a deep dive investigation on the lack of safety net for those working in the Nepal climbing industry

39:30 – The future objectives of the Juniper Fund

42:00 – How the Juniper Fund recruits candidates for their assistance

45:00 – One of the largest challenges with their work

49:00 – Some words for encouragement and advice for those wanting to make a difference

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Episode 2 - paul charlton - khurpa care pakistan

PAUL CHARLTON’S INTEREST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE WORLD LED TO HIS FIRST VISIT TO PAKISTAN IN 2001. IN THIS EPISODE WE LEARN HOW HE TURNED HIS PASSION INTO ACTION BY HELPING ESTABLISH A PAKISTANI NGO, KHURPA CARE, WHICH FOCUSES ON SAFETY TRAINING FOR MOUNTAINEERING AND EXPEDITION PORTERS.

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A native of Washington state, Paul’s interest in the mountains of the world led to his first visit to Pakistan in 2001. Since that time his interest in the country has blossomed both into international development and humanitarian relief. He went from a health education project funded by the American Alpine Club, to then managing a large disaster relief program for Save the Children after the devastating earthquake of 2005. In this episode we learn how he helped establish a Pakistani NGO, Khurpa care, which focuses on safety training for mountaineering and expedition porters.
 
Paul’s  experiences in Pakistan fostered a particular interest in global health activities in conflict-affected settings. He has found that health is a powerful tool for promoting peace and lens for examining the detrimental effects of conflict. Motivated by these discoveries, he completed a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, then became a physician at the Dartmouth School of medicine, and is now completing his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Washington. His future aims are to work as a physician  and to engage actively on the political dimensions of health.
 

WHAT YOU WILL HEAR:

3:00    How his journeys in Pakistan began

9:10     Breaking through pre conceived assumptions of local culture

. . . and a close call in the Hushe valley

15:00  The story of flying into Pakistan on the day the twin towers fell

20:00  Responding to the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake, and breaking down  stereotypes of Pashtun culture

29:30   The origins of Khurpa Care

34:30   A review of the work of Khurpa Care now and into the future

40:30   The impact of working in a place of violent conflict and how it inspired his training

44:00    Some final words of encouragement for those with an interest in international aid

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Episode 1 - Conrad Anker and Jenni Lowe-Anker - the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation

WORLD RENOWNED ALPINIST AND ADVENTURER CONRAD ANKER AND HIS WIFE JENNI LOWE REFLECT ON THE TRAGIC LOSS OF CLIMBER ALEX LOWE, HIS LEGACY, AND HOW WE CAN ALL BEST MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT WITH OUR TIME HERE ON THE PLANET

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Episode 0: Prologue

TODAY IS EPISODE 0, A PROLOGUE, A WELCOME OF SORTS. IT’S MY STORY, BUT IT’S ALSO THE STORY OF HOW WE HERE AT THE ADVENTURE ACTIVIST CAME TO BE AND WHY WE WERE INSPIRED TO INTERVIEW THE AMAZING ADVENTURERS YOU’LL FIND IN THE WEEKS TO COME. ENJOY!

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