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EverestHistory.com: Oswald Oelz


Born on February 6, 1943 in Vorarlberg Austria, Dr. Oswald Oelz began his serious climbing career in 1976 with an ascent of Denali (Mt. McKinley). As one of many doctors interested in the human body’s reactions to high altitude Dr. Oelz himself is drawn to the mountains and the conditions climbing them creates.

Living in Switzerland since 1968 Oelz is a professor of medicine at the Department of Medicine, University Hospital, Zurich.  He summited Everest on May 11, 1978 and went on to complete the 7 Summits with Kosciuszko in 1989 (in 12 or 13 years depending on the definition of the 7 Summits).

Dr. Oelz is the co-author of a book on high altitude illness titled “Kopfwehberge” which is a study of oxygen deprivation and high-altitude sickness. Oelz tells the history of the discovery and study of this phenomenon from antiquity to the present.






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