By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) A group of mountaineers has spent the past three and a half years equipping 29 remote huts on mountains in Taiwan with portable altitude chambers (PACs), a life-saving device for mountain climbers suffering from altitude sickness.
More than 50 volunteers who are passionate mountain climbers joined the program initiated by Wang Shih-hao (王士豪) and the Taiwan Wilderness Medical Association (TWMA) in 2015 to deliver PACs to mountains at an elevation of 2,500 meters or higher.
Each year they set off for mountaineering trips in the few months with weather conditions fit for the activity, according to Wang, the TWMA’s deputy president and a physician specializing in emergency treatment. [FULL STORY]