85 year old climber wants his record back

Min Bahadur Sherchan is set to become the oldest man to climb the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. At age 85, he held the world record before but lost it in 2013 to Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura. Sherchan wants to regain his title next month by climbing back to the summit which stands at 848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. The weather is predicted to be favourable for climbing over the next month in Nepal.

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Twin Peaks

A double celebration of mountaineering success is to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University on Monday, March 15th.

The event sees the launch of a new book ‘Mountaineering: Training and Preparation’, written by two of Professors Carlton Cooke and John O’Hara in conjunction with Dave Bunting MBE, from Leeds Met partner, My Peak Potential and published by Human Kinetics.

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Scaling the heights to success

Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer, a hardened climber or about to embark on your first expedition, nothing is more critical than anticipating, understanding and preparing for the adversities and accomplishments that await you and your team.

In Mountaineering: Training and Preparation, Carlton Cooke, Dave Bunting and Dr. John O’Hara, along with the members of the British Army Everest West Ridge Expedition team and sport and exercise scientists from Leeds Metropolitan University, share their insights, experiences and expertise.

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Taking dexamathasone may improve high altitude exercise capacity in certain climbers

Beacon Rock in the Columbia River Gorge.It has been known for some time that both tadalafil and dexamethasone (dex) are good for preventing high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and dex is also good for treating symptoms of acute mountain sickness.

What researchers did not know and were keen to find out, was whether they could also improve exercise capacity at altitude by reducing pulmonary hypertension, one of the important factors in altitude-related exercise limitations.

Their results were published in the August 15th issue of the the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the journal of the American Thoracic Society.

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Exercise is Child’s Play

frisbeeUnstructured, creative, and spontaneous physical activities that may be reminiscent of child-like play are beneficial, healthy activity options for adults, according to an expert at the American College of Sports Medicine

According to the report, the type of calorie-burning, mind-stimulating play that children often do shouldn’t be left behind as people age.

Tossing a Frisbee, tenpin bowling, dancing and rock climbing are great ways for adults to incorporate play into their exercise routines – dancing alone can burn up to 322 calories an hour for a 10 stone person.

But beyond the fitness advantages these fun-filled activities offer, they can also help with problem solving, improve brain function, spur creativity and innovation, alleviate stress, and improve social skills.

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