Mountains and medicine

Mountaineering, mountain exploration and the study of the effects of hypoxia have been passionate interests outside my hospital work for over 40 years. I have contributed substantially to the understanding of the cerebral effects of chronic hypoxia and the recognition of high altitude cerebral oedema as an important entity.

I began my Himalayan career in 1965 by driving overland from Cambridge to India to lead a mountaineering team to Kishtwar, a remote mountain region of Kashmir. I was doctor on major expeditions to Everest (SW Face 1975, NE Ridge 1982), to Kongur (western China 1981), Menlungtse 1988, and latterly (1996-2000) climbed and travelled in the unknown ranges of eastern Tibet.

Sailing offshore and inland

I am an experienced helmsman and hold an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. I skippered Whisky Galore of Little Todday in the Three Peaks Yacht Race from Barmouth to Fort William on four occasions and cruised to southern Sweden following the 2009 race.

sailingIn London, I race a 10-rater radio-controlled yacht (also Whisky Galore) on The Round Pond in Kensington Gardens. I am a member and previous commodore of the Model Yacht Sailing Association.