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    Very sad - Anyone know these guys?


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    I wonder what happened? HACE? HAPE?

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    They got caught in a snow storm and he suffered a heart attack. Very sad.

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    I have been on that road, in a jeep. It has many high passes, a number of them over 5000m, and one at 5600 m, the second highest road pass in the world.

    Better than dying at your desk.

    Very sad for the other two guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty View Post
    Better than dying at your desk.
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    ...You said it. Really, we should be throwing a party for this guy, nothing sad here. We are all going to die.. no exception. Those that get to go out doing what they truly love are the most fortunate of all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeveretts View Post
    ...You said it. Really, we should be throwing a party for this guy, nothing sad here. We are all going to die.. no exception. Those that get to go out doing what they truly love are the most fortunate of all.
    True. But dying like that, that would be so embarrassing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeveretts View Post
    ...You said it. Really, we should be throwing a party for this guy, nothing sad here. We are all going to die.. no exception. Those that get to go out doing what they truly love are the most fortunate of all.

    You guys hit the nail on the head. He died of natural causes while on a bicycle trip, and that's not a bad way to go. It's always sad when someone dies, but in this case the man was obviously doing something he loved so he might've considered it a victory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhm View Post
    True. But dying like that, that would be so embarrassing!
    Not to be disrespectful or anything, but once you're dead, what's to be embarrassed about? -_-
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    I've been through Gramphu on a bike, and the road they were on isn't *very* high, but it's also quite close to the start of their journey and if they hadn't acclimatised properly the altitude could well have been a factor (more likely to be HACE than HAPE). It's also very early in the season - the road to Leh is normally closed from September until June so there will probably still be a lot of snow around, and the weather will still be unpredictable. Not the ideal time to be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newenglandbike View Post
    You guys hit the nail on the head. He died of natural causes while on a bicycle trip, and that's not a bad way to go. It's always sad when someone dies, but in this case the man was obviously doing something he loved so he might've considered it a victory.
    I started thinking this way back in '98 when my father died. Man, did he love to fish, he had an offshore fishing boat, and was standing at the helm in the port in Palm Beach FL deciding whether it was too rough to head out when he seized up and died. He was a little on the young side, but who cares... better than suffering it out for years in a nursing home in my opinion.

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    It's a pisser for his relatives who might be thousands of miles away, and for his colleagues on the tour who have to suspend their trip to deal with authorities in a place like Lahaul & Spiti...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Downie View Post
    I've been through Gramphu on a bike, and the road they were on isn't *very* high, but it's also quite close to the start of their journey and if they hadn't acclimatised properly the altitude could well have been a factor (more likely to be HACE than HAPE). It's also very early in the season - the road to Leh is normally closed from September until June so there will probably still be a lot of snow around, and the weather will still be unpredictable. Not the ideal time to be there.
    Yes, a heart attack seems strange in a cyclist fit enough to undertake such a trip... I'm not doubting that the HA happened, but at those altitudes, I would be surprised if the elevation didnt have a role to play.

    Your trip is still the template of something I hope to do in a few years BTW. All the best Al.

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