When things go wrong – HACE Today, we come to the end of our Altitude Sickness blogs. I hope by the end of this blog, you will know the ins and outs of the conditions that you can make the best-informed decisions if you ever need to while on your trip. HACE High Altitude Cerebral Edema or HACE for short, is a condition that occurs as a result of hypoxia in altitudes in excess of 2000 meters or 6560 feet. HACE can be potentially fatal as it causes the brain to swell and stop functioning a normal manner. As I’ve
When things go wrong - HAPE Now, what happens when things go from bad to worse. What can you do? What can others do for you? How do you know it has gotten to that point? Well, luckily for you over the next 2 weeks, we will discuss everything relating to HAPE and HACE. HAPE High Altitude Pulmonary or HAPE for short, is a condition that occurs mainly in altitudes in excess of 2000 meters or 6560 feet. As I’ve mentioned before, HAPE can affect anyone, at any time and on any climb. There are, however, contributing factors which increase

Mafadi – the highest mountain in South Africa  One of the definite highlights of any trekking enthusiast is to summit the highest mountain in South Africa. The peak, which is situated in the Drakensberg Mountains, is named ‘Mafadi’. Although we have been involved in over 20 successful summits of this 3451m peak, this hiking trip was full of surprises. Our team for the hike consisted of just the 6 of us. The purpose of the hike was primarily to test the team’s mental and physical stamina in preparation for their upcoming attempt at climbing Island Peak (6189m) in the Himalayas.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Explained  Over the last couple of weeks we have discussed all the changes that your body will go through and how to best cope with the altitude and how best to prepare for it…….. Now, what happens when things do not go to plan? Acute Mountain Sickness: The Intro There are many things that can go wrong while on your trip. They can range from physical injury to severe illness. Over the next couple of weeks to months, we’ll be going over and discussing the various things that may go wrong. In each of the topics, we
Preparation for high altitude trekking advice from us to you! Last week we discussed the physiological changes your body will go through at high altitudes. This week we will be delving into how best to preparation for high altitude trekking ascents so you that are able to enjoy and love every moment of the trip. Preparation for high altitude trekking: The Intro Before you leave and tackle the mountain you’ve decided upon there are quite a few things you can do in preparation for high altitude trekking for the challenges ahead. These tips and ideas aren’t rules and regulations that you
What happens to your body at altitude? So, you’ve made the decision to tackle some of the best travel adventures offered by South Africa Adventures?! Let’s discuss the changes your body will experience while moving into higher altitudes, but before that we should go back to the basics. The Basics Your body is comprised of multiple organs systems which work either independently of each other or in unison and live in a state of harmony till disturbed by external or internal influences. We know these systems as the: Cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), Neurological system (brain and nerves), Haematological system
The influence of mountains on life and business  Why have humans had this burning desire to climb mountains? It’s pretty simple really-to conquer them. Whatever their driving force was, nearly every climber discovers that mountains sometimes end up influencing their lives in a way they would never have dreamed of.  At first the influence might have been driven by ego or the desire for that ultimate feeling of achievement, but were later to find out that the mountains were ultimately about humility and humanity. Leadership and change management Mountains are the ultimate platforms for leadership and change management. An environment