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How to survive on Everest

Climbing Mount Everest Dr M Windridge

Humans are not meant to survive above 8,000 metres (26,246 feet). Yet, people have managed to climb to the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, at 8,848 metres (29,028 feet). Melanie explains how it feels to climb Everest and the science behind it and on Wednesday, 21st November, Melanie will host an Ask Me Anything to answer questions about her experiences on Everest and the science and technology that support climbers in their bid to experience this extreme and awe-inspiring environment.

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Oxygen Problems on Everest 2018

Melanie Windridge - Supplementary Oxygen on Mount Everest

The 2018 Everest season heard several reports of oxygen problems, with Presenter Ben Fogle being amongst those with issues. Many climbers rely on oxygen for safety. So what was going on?

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What does my cocktail have in common with glaciology?


Whilst on holiday I was served a rather cool cocktail with a giant ice cube plugging a hole between the upper and lower chambers of the glass. What happened?

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Summiting Mount Everest

Melanie Windridge in climbing gear at the summit of Mount Everest, holding a "science of Everest" banner

It’s Monday morning as I write this - the 28th May 2018.  Exactly one week ago I was resting in a tent at the South Col of Mount Everest having climbed to the summit that morning.  I arrived as dawn was breaking. My steady progression

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Coordinating the summit push

The last couple of weeks have been just waiting. We have been at base camp biding our time, spending our days walking, eating, napping, chatting and playing cards. It’s actually quite relaxing, provided you don’t allow yourself to get impatient about the next step –

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The ‘Rotations’: Acclimatising for the Everest summit

In the two weeks since we arrived at base camp, we have been up the mountain twice on what are known as “rotations”.  These involve climbing successively higher up the mountain each time to get the body used to the altitude ahead of the final

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Namche Bazaar (3440m): How we acclimatise to high altitudes

We are now in Namche Bazaar at 3440m.  We arrived yesterday lunchtime, after flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, and have spent a rest day here to aid acclimatisation.  This involved a walk up to the Everest View Hotel at 3880m then down to Khumjung village

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How meeting the Queen inspired me to climb Mount Everest

This year I’m climbing Mount Everest. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to do something so incredible, and I owe it all to Henry Day, the Mount Everest Foundation and the Queen! Here’s why…

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Xtreme Everest & high altitude physiology

Last week, 23rd May 2017, was the 10th anniversary of the Cauldwell Xtreme Everest expedition, a research project that placed a medical research team on the summit of Mount Everest in 2007.

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Google Singapore’s Innovative Workspace

Today I visited the new Google offices in Singapore – a collaborative workspace that supports innovation and creativity. And Google is specifically recruiting engineers.

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Thoughts on Women in Science

Why should we care about girls in science?

After comments on Nature article “Women in physics face big hurdles – still,” I give my thoughts on the importance of encouraging girls in science.

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Wanting my life back…

Talking to a family about fusion energy at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2015.

Worrying about the ever-lengthening To Do list, I found myself thinking, à la Nigel Farage, “I want my life back!” But then I thought…

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Mapiraju (5424m)

Climb report from Mapiraju, a 5400m peak in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca. Climbed Saturday 18th June 2016.

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Jatunmontepunchu (5421m)

Climb report from Jatunmontepuncu (Huapi), a 5400m peak in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca. Climbed Wednesday 15th June 2016.

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Chopiraju Oeste (5475m)

Climb report from Chopiraju Oeste, a 5400m peak in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca. Climbed Sunday 12th June 2016.

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Climbing in Peru

Just returned from climbing in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca with an Alpine Club team, tackling various objectives in small groups.

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Huaraz, Peru

Just arrived in Huaraz, Peru with the Alpine Club. Here I share photos, first impressions and our plans for climbing.

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5 fascinating Antarctica facts

I would love to go to Antarctica and I’m making plans for my next project. Here are 5 crazy things I’ve learnt about Antarctica recently.

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Climbing Aconcagua

Aconcagua (6962m) is the highest mountain on the South American continent, one of the Seven Summits and the highest mountain outside of Asia.

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Life-saving tips – Extreme Medicine

A handful of practical tips that I’ve learned at the World Extreme Medicine Expo that might help you on your own adventures.

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Insulation 2 – a different lesson

Mountain Science - preliminary results 5 This post is about an experiment I did that gave quite unexpected results. As well as looking at insulation of particular fabrics, as in the previous blog, I wanted to have a look at the insulating properties of some

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