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.
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.