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Caudwell Xtreme Everest with Terra Nova

Posted on October 21st, 2008
Caudwell Xtreme Everest

Terra Nova tents have been selected by the Caudwell Xtreme Everest team for their pioneering expedition to complete vital medical research at high altitude. The trip will be followed by the BBC’s Horizon team, and receive primetime screening over 2 weekends on Sunday the 23rd and 30th of September.

Caudwell Xtreme Everest is a research project which involves doctors and scientists studying human systems stretched to breaking point in extreme environments to increase their understanding of critically ill patients. The goal is to place a research team on the summit of Mount Everest and make the first ever measurement of the level of oxygen in human blood at this altitude (8850m). This is the centrepiece of an extensive programme of research into hypoxia (low oxygen levels) and human performance at extreme altitude, aimed at improving the care of the critically ill and other patients where hypoxia is a fundamental problem.

The Xtreme Everest team visited Terra Nova at their Derbyshire base to discuss their requirements for the expedition. Terra Nova will be providing over 70 expedition tents, including some bespoke, ranging from eight person Cosmos to three person Hyperspace and two/three person Super Quasar models, all of which are being made at their UK factory. One of the eight person Cosmos tents will be placed on the South Col (7900m) as an exercise lab, where doctors will conduct research using an exercise bike.

One of the key pieces of equipment developed and produced specifically for the expedition is an ultralight shelter that is easy to erect at high altitude. This will become the world’s highest medical laboratory where blood samples will be taken by the team on the summit of Everest – another world record for a Terra Nova tent. The shelter will also field test new superlite fabrics currently in development at Terra Nova.

Sheffield, based expedition company Jagged Globe, who have years of experience guiding on Everest and other Himalayan peaks, will be providing the logistical back up and support.

Andy Utting, managing director of Terra Nova said,

‘We are delighted to be involved with this groundbreaking expedition, our tents are a familiar sight at Everest base camp but this is a first for the way they will be used. I hope we will be playing some small part in enabling this research to be conducted, which will ultimately help save more lives of critically ill patients.’

Visit the Caudwell Xtreme Everest site at www.xtreme-everest.co.uk for all the latest news from the expedition team.

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