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Berg Adventures Silk Road IP Trek

Friday, July 31st, 2009

In 2007 IP-Trek, a worldwide network of more than 60 Intellectual Property law professionals, climbed Kilimanjaro with Berg Adventures. For their 2009 adventure they are bound for Central Asia. Join this international group as they travel with Berg Adventures on an unforgettable journey through Tajikistan’s high-alpine regions in the Fan Mountains.

Read expedition dispatches.

Expedition Preparation: Interval Training

Monday, July 27th, 2009

At high altitude, where there is less oxygen, it’s not uncommon to feel like you’re struggling to catch your breath. But if you have trained your body to deal with oxygen stress at lower elevations, it’s likely that you’ll be more comfortable when you’re at altitude on a big mountain.

This “Interval Training” article, the next installment in our Expedition Training series, will teach you how to incorporate intervals into your training program for greater success when climbing.

Health and Safety: Importance of Vaccines for Travellers

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

When travelling to exotic or developing countries, it is important to protect your health and prevent illnesses. It is imperative to consult your physician as to which vaccines are needed for your travel destination.

BAI offers some recommended vaccines for some of the destinations we visit on our expeditions. Use this list as a starting point when planning for your expedition. Read more

Gibraltar Flag on the Summit of Europe

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

At 11:30 AM, July 20th, Richard Roberts and Nicky Patterson stood proudly on the West Summit of Mount Elbrus, the highest summit in continental Europe.  Richard and Nicky were the second BAI team of this season to stand on the summit of Elbrus.  They reached the top with their Berg Adventures Guides Vladimir Bakhmutov and Karina Mezova. We congratulate them and we proudly pose this question:  Has anyone besides Richard and Nicky ever unfurled a Gibraltar Flag on the summit of Mount Elbrus?

Read the expedition dispatch for more details

Marjorie Dietz Reaches the Top of Africa

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Marjorie Dietz, from Alberta, Canada, summited Kilimanjaro at 4:45pm on July 13, 2009.

Read the latest expedition dispatch for more details.

Get to Know Berg Adventures Climbers

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Every Berg Adventures climber has their own unique dreams, aspirations and abilities but they all have one thing in common… they have become a part of the BAI family by participating in one or more of our adventures. Many have fascinating stories to tell about their experiences, why they went on their BAI adventure, and how their travel experience has affected their lives back at home. Our “Meet a BAI Climber” section lets you read a few of their stories – in their own words.

Read more…

Berg Adventures supports high-altitude medicine on Everest

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Jim Barr

2004 EBC clinic

Everest Base Camp sends off fairly unwelcoming signals, like being jarred from sleep by the roar of thunderous avalanches or in causing you to wrestle for air from the altitude. But for Dr. Luanne Freer, founder of the world’s highest medical facility, these are some of the easy challenges to this unique setting.

Dr. Luanne in action

Since 2002, every spring climbing season (April through May) the Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic comes to life, providing emergency treatment for climbers on a strike for the summit. With over 1200 people at Everest Base Camp this past climbing season the clinic was busy. As she explains, for her and her Everest ER staff, even the mundane is unique when running a medical facility at 17,600 feet. “Simple IV infusions become logistical quagmires and require ingenuity, innovation and improvisation to make them work. We tried several IV warming devices – nearly all had some sort of problem at our clinic – either getting them charged or keeping them working was troublesome. In the end, for one patient we ended up having his climbing partner keep the IV bag in his armpit. It gave him something to do – we ran the IV tubing inside his down jacket to the patient’s down jacket sleeve and back up his arm. This kept the IV flowing, the fluid warmed to body temp, and kept his friend engaged and feeling useful. And it gave us 24 hour monitoring bedside. A win-win.”

Dr. Freer’s experiences have opened her eyes to what we take for granted here in the western world.

“Things like simple immunizations; I saw my first case of tetanus in Kathmandu. The patient went to her local blacksmith complaining of a locked jaw. Seriously! I’ve never seen it in my western practice. In Nepal I am appreciative of practicing medicine the way I had always fantasized that it would be – kind of a Marcus Welby approach – doing what I think is best for the patient independent of legal, economic, business concerns – and there are no insurance forms to fill out!”

Dr. Luanne at EBC

In 1999 and through a coincidence, Freer found herself in the Khumbu Valley – home to the world’s tallest peaks – and within three years she was back, this time with a mission that would forever change the Everest landscape. “We have now served over 1,600 people within our clinic,” explains the emergency physician and director of the clinic managed through the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA).

This fall will find Dr. Freer and Dr. Eric Johnson, another veteran of Everest medicine, returning to Everest Base Camp as faculty members on a Berg Adventures operated continuing education trekking experience. The dates are October 1 – 21, 2009.

Edmonton based Track & Trail Adventures; one of North America’s top academic retreat producers, is pleased to be working with Dr. Freer and Berg Adventures International on the upcoming “travelling conference”. You are invited to join them en route to Everest Base Camp, Nepal for an unprecedented adventure.

For additional details on this trek October 1-21, 2009 visit the expedition section of Track & Trail’s website: www.tandtadventures.com/adventure.php?adv=4

For more on BAI’s Deluxe Khumbu & Everest Base Camp visit: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_trips/asia/everest-basecamp-description.php

Photos provided by: Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic: www.everester.org

Expedition Preparation: Training with “Back-to-Backs”

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

As part of Berg Adventures’ ongoing commitment to helping you get the most out of your adventure travel experience, we present the first in a series of articles on expedition training and preparation.  Learn how proper execution of “back-to-backs” can be an important part of your training regimen.

High-Altitude Trekking:  Proper execution of “back-to-backs” 

Berg Adventures Team Summits Mt. Elbrus

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Berg Adventures team successfully summits Mt. Elbrus!

Read the latest expedition dispatch for more details.