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Great bibiweb 2006-04-15 5:18

Hello Fiona,
A weel composed photo with the three diagonal areas: snow, rock and background. The climber is well-positionned and adds depth to the composition. Did you make it to Monte Rosa the next day?
Have a nice Easter week-end.

Old 04-22-2006, 03:11 PM
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Dear Brigitte,
Thanks for your comments and feedback. We did not make it to Monte Rosa the next day, due to altitude sickness. My father and I did well, but my sister (featuring on the photo) who was and still is in better shape than any of us, got really bad altitude sickness.
When we attempted Gran Paradiso the week before, she got ill at around 3900m, so she descended with a passing group and the rest of us went for the summit. On Monte Rosa, her illness started again at 4000m, although we had spent the night at Gnifetti to acclimatise. We made it to 4100m and then all of us headed back for the Gnifetti hut.


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Old 04-22-2006, 11:15 PM
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What a pity! I know the problem well: I used to get altitude sickness all the time when I started climbing 25 years ago. In the Alps, there's not much you can do against it except persevere. In most cases, if you slow down the pace and make regular rest stops, you can reach a 4,000m peak. Even if you feel very lousy at the top it's not really a problem as all symptoms will generally immediately disappear as soon as you loose a bit of altitude. Hope your sister (and you) will be able to enjoy some future climbs.
Regards, Brigitte
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