Expedition 2005 – Ladakh, India

A most successful and enjoyable expedition to Ladakh was undertaken by 17 members.

Research was based at 3450m in Leh where observations were made on arrival and after acclimatisation. Repeat of the exercise protocol done in Bolivia was extended to include more careful baseline respiration records, the recovery phase of the exercise and an assessment of arterial-venous shunting.

Some problems were encountered in getting standard gas canisters delivered and once again we resorted to a generator to ensure reliable supply of electricity. Weighing scales could not be found and so an improvised spring balance was used. Other research included pupil reaction times and assessment of arterial stiffness.

After trekking in the Markha valley some repeat measurements were made to assess acclimatisation. A valiant attempt to climb Stok Kangri (6137m) was thwarted by the snow conditions near the summit.

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