Topic: local news
We have applied for a media pass to this event reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today:
to be held in Katoomba over the weekend.
Of special interest are the South American speakers from Bolivia:
Accidents, mortality and personality characteristics of climbers
Dr. Erik Monasterio (MB, ChB, FRANZCP, Senior Clinical Lecturer) is a medical doctor who has worked as a writer/ journalist, musician, adventurer and photographer. Erik's specialty training and work is in the area of forensic psychiatry. He has also been involved in research into the personality characteristics and accidents in mountaineers for over five years. Erik has been climbing and exploring in remote mountain and jungle regions for over fifteen years, he has climbed over forty new rock, ice and mixed routes, and guided in the Andes of South America, Alaska, New Zealand, the Himalaya and Europe. Erik has recently (2006) spent five months climbing in three continents. He has combined personal climbing experiences in remote and demanding environments with scientific research to develop a training approach to maximize performance under stress and in extreme environments.
There will be slide images and brief personal anecdotes of accidents to accompany this presentation. The findings of the research presented have been used in a current affairs television programme.
But the whole programme looks very special too. These references to foreign places, travel, natural beauty remind us of these great images sent to us recently by our Spanish translator Amparo Ilanos