PAC or no PAC? High altitude hiking

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Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

The Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) is a tough plastic bag that weighs 8 kg and can be used to treat acute mountain sickness. In experienced hands it is a valuable addition to a high altitude trek.

In his latest Travel Bug column in Medical Observer THS Director, Rick Speare, examines the issues associated with deciding whether to take a PAC or not on a trek up Mt Kilmanjaro in Kenya. An arcane topic!

Visit PAC or not at Medical Observer.

Details on the PAC, an Australian invention, are available at Treksafe.

Image: Dr Kerry Kelly enters the PAC on a Mt Kilmanjaro trip - 2005. Her acute mountain sickness responded and she was able to continue the trek.

Posted by Rick Speare 2 July 2014