Gastrointestinal illness is another frequent complaint of expedition climbers throughout the world. The best way to prevent a digestive tract illness is through proper sanitation practices. The National Park Service mountaineering rangers work diligently to maintain a clean mountain environment
through education and policy enforcement. Each climber and their team are expected to adhere to the policies outlined on this website and presented at the climber orientations in Talkeetna.
The single best way to combat the spread of gastrointestinal illness is through frequent hand washing and maintenance of personal hygiene. This is best accomplished with traditional soap and water and with alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These products should be utilized frequently especially before cooking and after using the restroom.
OTHER RECOMMENDED READING
For additional information on these and other mountaineering-related medical issues, see the Mountain Medicine section of our Recommended Reading List.
- Wilderness Medical Society Consensus Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Altitude Illness, Luks et al, 2010
- Wilderness Medical Society Consensus Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Frostbite, McIntosh et al, 2011