The Expedition

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The Atacama Desert is, in some areas, the driest desert in the world. It is there, where volcanoes surpass the height of 6000 m above sea level; among them Ojos del Salado, the world’s highest active volcano. The ACX Expedition is a unique undertaking in terms of organization. The study of human efficiency and the impact of different types of acclimatization on exertion capacity and health condition in the mountains, require great logistical and scientific commitment. Additional information about the expedition and its organization can be found below.

The expedition

The Atacama Desert is, in some areas, the driest desert in the world. It is there, where volcanoes surpass the height of 6000 m above sea level; among them Ojos del Salado, the world’s highest active volcano. The ACX Expedition is a unique undertaking in terms of organization. The study of human efficiency and the impact of different types of acclimatization on exertion capacity and health condition in the mountains, require great logistical and scientific commitment. Additional information about the expedition and its organization can be found below.

Over 40 people will participate in the expedition. The base-camp at the foot of the volcano will become a real alpine village equipped with a mess, kitchen, field hospital/ infirmary and a professional research laboratory. The organization of the expedition has begun at the beginning of September 2018. In total, over 15 people have been working on it, and the team is still growing.

Over 40 people will participate in the expedition. The base-camp at the foot of the volcano will become a real alpine village equipped with a mess, kitchen, field hospital/ infirmary and a professional research laboratory. The organization of the expedition has begun at the beginning of September 2018. In total, over 15 people have been working on it, and the team is still growing.

Journey

Our first stop is the capital of Chile – Santiago. The next destination is a mining town – Copiapo – where we’ll obtain the last supplies for the rest of the journey.  Transport of food, water, fuel and medical equipment requires proper logistics and coordination of the whole group. From Copiapo, we will set off on a journey to the Atacama Desert and to the foot of the volcano. On the desert we will be using off-road vehicles, that will take us directly to the volcano. In total, due to acclimatization, the journey from the capital of Chile to the base camp at Ojos del Salado will last about 6 days.

Journey

Our first stop is the capital of Chile – Santiago. The next destination is a mining town – Copiapo – where we’ll obtain the last supplies for the rest of the journey.  Transport of food, water, fuel and medical equipment requires proper logistics and coordination of the whole group. From Copiapo, we will set off on a journey to the Atacama Desert and to the foot of the volcano. On the desert we will be using off-road vehicles, that will take us directly to the volcano. In total, due to acclimatization, the journey from the capital of Chile to the base camp at Ojos del Salado will last about 6 days.

Logistics

There will be over 40 participants in the expedition, including the research group, scientists and organizers. The sheer size of the group requires detailed planning of the itinerary, division of activities and responsibilities. Piotr Snopczynski, who was the Camp Manager during Polish National Winter Expedition K2 2017/18 will be responsible for organizing and managing ACX’s Base Camp. Alimentation and nutrition is an important logistic undertaking, we will approach this aspect professionally as well. This area will be the responsibility of Marta Naczyk, who was a dietician of the aforementioned K2 Expedition.

Logistics

There will be over 40 participants in the expedition, including the research group, scientists and organizers. The sheer size of the group requires detailed planning of the itinerary, division of activities and responsibilities. Piotr Snopczynski, who was the Camp Manager during Polish National Winter Expedition K2 2017/18 will be responsible for organizing and managing ACX’s Base Camp. Alimentation and nutrition is an important logistic undertaking, we will approach this aspect professionally as well. This area will be the responsibility of Marta Naczyk, who was a dietician of the aforementioned K2 Expedition.

Medical protection​

Our expedition is treating health and safety of its participants with utmost importance, therefore all members will have to be subject to cardiological examination, be cleared by a sports physician and be experienced in mountaineering expeditions exceeding 4000m a.s.l. Four medical doctors with various specialisations will support the expedition. Pawel Majewski, M.D., an anaesthesiologist with over a dozen years of experience will be the physician in chief.

Medical protection

Our expedition is treating health and safety of its participants with utmost importance, therefore all members will have to be subject to cardiological examination, be cleared by a sports physician and be experienced in mountaineering expeditions exceeding 4000m a.s.l. Four medical doctors with various specialisations will support the expedition. Pawel Majewski, M.D., an anaesthesiologist with over a dozen years of experience will be the physician in chief.

The highest volcano - Ojos del Salado

Ojos del Salado, as a goal of our expedition, has been chosen for a reason. It is suitable for medical research at a very high altitude. The climbers will start the conquer of the mountain from the base at 5200m a.s.l., but the scientific equipment can be transported by a 4WD vehicles to almost 6000 meters. Therefore, it is the only place in the world, where advanced medical equipment can be used at such a high altitude. Additionally, Ojos del Salado is devoid of glaciers and thick snow cover, which greatly reduces the risk of exposure to the elements.

The highest volcano - Ojos del Salado

Ojos del Salado, as a goal of our expedition, has been chosen for a reason. It is suitable for medical research at a very high altitude. The climbers will start the conquer of the mountain from the base at 5200m a.s.l., but the scientific equipment can be transported by a 4WD vehicles to almost 6000 meters. Therefore, it is the only place in the world, where advanced medical equipment can be used at such a high altitude. Additionally, Ojos del Salado is devoid of glaciers and thick snow cover, which greatly reduces the risk of exposure to the elements.

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