Dr. Fred Cobey Scheduled to Climb Mt. Aconcagua in November in December 2010
11/13/2010

Dr. Fred Cobey, from Washington DC, will be headed South America to climb Mt. Aconcagua November 19th in Mendoza, Argentina; the entire expedition will be over a three week period.

Online PR News – 13-November-2010 – – Washington, DC ( onlineprnews ) November 11, 2010 - Dr. Fred Cobey, from Washington DC, will be headed South America to climb Mt. Aconcagua November 19th in Mendoza, Argentina; the entire expedition will be over a three week period.

Dr. Frederick Cobey ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/drfredcobey ) will attempt Mt. Aconcagua early in the season, which while allowing fewer crowds of other adventure tourists, it will come at the price of severe cold with temperatures at the summit between minus 30 to 40 degrees.

Mt. Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere as is the tallest mountain outside of the Himalayas. While it is not a technical mountain by mountaineering standards, its daunting altitude of 22,841 feet/6,962 meters combined with its distance from the equator makes it a formidable hill that demands serious respect. Indeed, the mountain routinely claims a number of lives. Many people climb this mountain as part of a larger program to climb the “7 Summits,” or the highest peak on each continent.

Dr. Fred Cobey is slowly making his way to the top of each of these peaks, having already climbed Mt. Denali in Alaska, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Elbrus in Russia among others. Dr. Fred Cobey ( http://www.sailnet.com/forums/crew-wanted/34056-fred-cobey.html ) states that he is not yet committed to climbing Mt. Everest at the moment, but he is certainly considering it. If he succeeds in Latin America, his next mountain will likely be in Antarctica.

Dr. Fred Cobey recently returned from working with Emergency in Sudan for three months as a cardiac anesthesiologist at the Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery. The hospital itself is located in Soba, 20 kilometers south of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum and is run by the international humanitarian group Having seen the human need outside the United States, Dr. Fred Cobey plans to continue to work in international health throughout his career as a physician and feels very lucky to have been given the opportunity to serve in Sudan. After he climbs Mt. Aconcagua, Dr. Fred Cobey is scheduled to begin work in Washington DC at the Hospital Center in this December.

The last time Dr. Frederick Cobey climbed such an intense peak, he lost all sensation in his right hand for 6 weeks after falling suffering severe frostbite. There is no glory to be gained by doing this particular mountain or others as these peaks have been climbed. Indeed, there is little "reason" for climbing the mountain at all. Why would someone spend weeks climbing to the top of a frozen rock in thin air for just a few minutes at the summit of a mountain? Dr. Fred Cobey explains that it is really just about the experience and one cannot use logic to justify or understand the motive. “This is not about reason, but about passion and about connecting with what is real,” Dr. Frederick Cobey says. Indeed there is something about exerting yourself day after day, doing the equivalent of almost a marathon per day in caloric expenditure and making it to the top of a really high peak that brings many to inexplicably to tears. Perhaps it was best explained by Philippe Petit who trying to communicate why he walked between the towers of the World Trade Center simply said, "There is no why."

About Dr. Fred Cobey

While attending medical school at Yale, Fred Cobey used whatever elective time was available to take time to work overseas in Africa and Asia. After finishing Yale, he studied surgery and then eventually went to Afghanistan to care for civilian war victims. Dr. Frederick Cobey then studied anesthesia at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s hospital and just recently completed a fellowship at Duke in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. Dr. Fred Cobey ( http://anesthesia.mc.duke.edu/wysiwyg/downloads/newsletter10/04-19-10.pdf ) has always been inspired by great physicians in such as Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and even had the opportunity to work at his hospital in Lambarene, Gabon a few years ago.

For additional information, contact:
Dr. Fred Cobey
4440 Garfield St. NW
Washington DC 20007
fred.cobey@gmail.com
Phone: 617 935 3727

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