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Why Some Mountain Climbers Experience Psychosis

For years, climbers have written about losing their grip on reality as they climb towards the stratosphere.
Cloud rise behind Mount Everest
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Climbing up to the "death zone" is perilous business. Scaling mountains to the heights where planes fly and where there's little oxygen can trigger extreme responses. who climbed Everest recounts how, thousands of feet aboveground, another climber named “Jimmy” appeared out of the darkness, said “hello,” and climbed behind him before disappearing. There is no shortage of personal accounts of mountain

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