New Exhibit in the Mountaineering Museum
| THIN AIR: An Exhibit on Altitude and Oxygen
November 2009 – May 2010
Official Opening Reception December 3rd, 2010
MOUNTAINEERING takes grit. It takes tenacity. It takes energy.
For centuries, mountaineers have been climbing higher. Beyond the physical endurance that it takes to reach these heights, there is the constant battle against altitude.
What is THIN AIR? What happens to our bodies as we go up in elevation? What are scientists learning about the effects of altitude on our bodies and minds, and on those who call the high peaks their home?
When did mountaineers first use oxygen to climb mountains? How have they progressed? Is the use of oxygen considered a climbing aid, a performance-enhancing drug?
Come explore oxygen systems, watch NOVA’s Everest: The Death Zone, hear high-altitude mountaineers discuss the use of oxygen on the mountain, learn what the Altitude Research Center is finding, explore our timeline of oxygen use in mountaineering, and discover how your body reacts to altitude!
Special thank you to our sponsors and supporters: American Alpine Club Library, Colorado Mountain Club, SUUNTO, Echoserve, Altitude Research Center, Alpha Graphics Golden, Eric and Erin Simonson and Al Biesinger.
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