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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Peter Hackett

Peter Hackett Peter is a physician who has dedicated much of his career to high altitude physiology and medicine. His pioneering work at high camp on Denali and Mount Everest has dramatically increased understanding of high altitude physiology and methods for coping with life-threatening conditions such as cerebral and pulmonary edema. In this interview, Peter describes high altitude physiology, processes of acclimatization, and symptoms of conditions of those who become ill. He helps dispel misperceptions about altitude sickness, and offers practical advice for avoiding trouble and spotting symptoms in team partners. Peter also explains why he eventually moved on from Denali to continue his research in more comfortable conditions in Colorado. On the day of the interview, Peter was headed up Denali once more, this time to act as team physician on a NOVA sponsored ascent of the mountain.
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