Le mal aigu des montagnes 26' French


Thousands of people travel to altitude every year. High-level mountaineers or tourists, many of them see their expedition compromised by acute mountain sickness …

Year : 2018

Production : Framevox, Agnès Boutruche

Original idea : Caroline Zumbach & Marc Zumbach

Director : Yannick Krijnen

Journalist : Caroline Zumbach

Images : Marc Zumbach, Léon Orlandi

Sound : Olivier Larue, Bruce Wuilloud, Stéphane Mercier, Julien Wey

Editing : Chloé Seyssel

Illustration sonore : Sonja Moonear & Benoît Mayer

Color correction : Anne-Laure Sacher

Broadcasting : RTS


The symptoms of acute mountain sickness do not only affect great mountaineers! The general public is also concerned and largely ignores this phenomenon and the instructions to follow in order to minimise the risks.

Sandra Leal and Emmanuel Cauchy are two doctors specialising in ‘mountain’ medicine. In order to explain what Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is, they take us in the company of a Fribourgeois mountain-dweller, Charly Perritaz to the Mont Blanc. As they ascent, spectators discover the sickness, commonly known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and the effects of hypoxia (lack of oxygen in the tissues of the body) as well as its complications: cerebral oedema and pulmonary oedema.

What does this sickness consist of? How to avoid it? What is still the unknown about it? Who are the victims? What are the best way to react to it? What are the specific instructions to be observed, are there “decompression” levels? This documentary attempts to answer these questions, lead by expert opinions and various testimonies from victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.

…. in memory of Emmanuel Cauchy

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