Charles Snead Houston

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Birthday
24, 1913
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Sep 27, 2009 (96)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
24, 1913
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Sep 27, 2009 (96)

About

Doctor and avid mountaineer who combined his twin passions to become the leading authority of altitude sickness.

Before Fame

He led an ill-fated Anglo-American expedition to climb K2, the world's second-tallest peak, in which one of the climbers developed a blood clot in his leg.

Trivia

After one of his expedition members died during the climb, he quit climbing to devote himself to studying the physiological dangers facing climbers at high altitudes.

Family Life

He was born to an affluent family in the Great Neck area of Long Island, New York, and was introduced to climbing by his family at age 12.

Associated With

Eric Shipton was another well-known mountaineer; he set out on four separate expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1930s.