Everest explorer Richard Parks a ‘ticking time bomb’ – BBC News

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Welsh adventurer Richard Parks said he was forced to vacate his safarus of Mount Everest after a blood test disclosed he was a “ticking time bomb”.

The 38 -year-old had been attempting to become the first person to take blood and muscle samples at the summit to analyse the consequences of altitude.

But after contacting Camp Two on the mountain, he detected he had dangerously thick-skulled blood that left him at risk of a heart attack or stroke.

“I could have died, ” he said.

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Image caption Exams being carried out on Everest
Image copyright Richard Parks

The former Wales rugby international, initially from Pontypridd, was climbing without applying supplemental oxygen within the framework of the collaborative British investigate expedition called Project Everest Cynllun.

It was hoped data from the world-first attempt would allow researchers to explore the mechanisms underpinning dementia and resilience.

Parks had clambered to 6,400 m( 21,000 ft) above sea level earlier this month – the summit is 8,848 m( 29,029 ft) – when his team decided to check his blood.

“If it wasn’t for that unscheduled blood measure I could have obliviously been stood on the summit now or I could be dead, ” he told BBC Radio Wales’ Jason Mohammad programme.

“At sea level this would have been a very dangerous statu. But at the altitude I was and with the exercise degrees I was under I could have been a clicking time bomb.”

Image copyright Richard Parks
Image copyright Richard Parks
Image copyright Richard Parks

He added he was undergoing more measures to be informed about what induced the anomaly in his blood.

Despite feeling disappointment about the outcome of the trek – which he had been working on for two years – he said he was pleased scientists could still use the data he had collected for their work.

He included: “I think in this chapter of “peoples lives”, success is not black and white as it was on the rugby field.

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Image caption Measures were also carried out before his excursion

“I’m an ambitious man and I was certainly passionate about such projects. It’s been a difficult situation to process.”

Parks, that they had already climbed Everest and trekked solo to the South Pole, said his next defy was starting a certain degree in psychology at the University of South Wales in September.

“I’m going to take some time to reflect and spend time with loved ones, ” he added.

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