If you haven’t already, you might consider reading Charles Houston’s Going Higher: Oxygen, Man, and Mountains. Others may have additional resources to point you towards that might help you assess your risks and next steps.
Hi – I was recently diagnosed with HAPE (high altitude pulmonary oedema) following an attempt on a 7000m peak in Nepal. It is now confirmed has having cleared. I think I have a good understanding of why it happened and what I can do differently next time to minimize the risk of reoccurrence. What I would like to canvas though is what approach people have taken to returning to altitude following HAPE and how long you suffered continued impact to performance/lung function following diagnosis?
I know some people have been told “not to return to altitude for 6 months minimum” or even 12 months – but what does altitude mean and what has worked for people in the past? Has anyone found that the healing process has gone on for a long period or become an ongoing limitation?
I am not looking to substitute this for my own medical advice (my doctor has advised that the longer I give my lungs to recover the better chance they have of regaining pre-incident function and I don’t have any immediate plans), but I would be interested to hear what experiences others have had.
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