Lack of oxygen
Sounds similar to John Peel's untimely demise back in 2004, reduced oxygen levels due to altitude bringing about undiagnosed heart problem.
A British millionaire who made his fortune supplying IT services to banks has died on the slopes of China's Mount Muztagata, the Telegraph reports. Father-of-two Jonathan Peacock, 39, was on a "climb and ski" expedition to the 24,757ft peak in the country's mountainous west. Mount Muztagata is considered a relatively easy climb …
Over the years I've spent a bit of time in Tibet and Northern Sichuan and I was really surprised at how badly the thin - very fit looking - 'lowland' Chinese faired, even at relatively low altitude (Lhasa is at about 3,000m and most places in Tibet are a fair bit higher than that). Apparently, the CITS tourist groups lose a fair few folks – Chinese and Westerners - every year, despite dishing out blue rubber pillows full of oxygen.
And apropos nothing in particular, I was recently told by a Chinese military bloke that Viagra has proven to be a pretty good mitigating measure against altitude sickness – so there’s a plausible cover story if you need it….
Right, I'm going on a sponsored walk up a mountainside in two months time, I've been planning and saving for this for the last 18 months. If I die I want a 1,000 word article posted on el-reg. I work in IT, I'm British, and . . . oh . . . sorry, ignore me, I'm not a millonaire.
Damnit, has el-reg turned into one of those tossy rich celeb type magazines like Now, Hello or OK! ?? How else would this story jump the pages of the Telegraph to El-Reg exactly???