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2019 Longevity Project: Thriving at Altitude

A four-part series unlocking the mysteries of human health at altitude and celebrating those who live life at altitude to the max.

Learn about our special Longevity Project 2019 culminating event in October and purchase tickets HERE.



Part 1: National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki shares his philosophy on living long and living boldly

Mike Libecki believes there are two ways we experience life. 

The first involves joy — family, parties, births, reunions, food.

The second includes death, defeat, sadness, exhaustion. To Libecki, that’s just pre-joy. 

Read the full story here.


Part 2: How life at altitude impacts people — and animals

People living at higher altitudes tend to be healthier, but definitive evidence as to why remains elusive. Nevertheless, there are many impacts high altitudes have on the human and animal body.

Read the full story here.


Part 3: Why there’s more depression, anxiety and suicide at high altitude

Living in a mountain resort community above 8,000 feet certainly has its draws, but also its drawbacks. Rents are higher, affordable housing is hard to find, quality jobs are fewer and cost of living is more expensive.

All those factors contribute to the fact that high altitude living doesn’t always offer the stress-free lifestyle people are seeking.

Read the full story here.


Part 4: Do athletes who live at altitude have an advantage?

Through decades of research and training, it’s become pretty clear elite endurance athletes who train at altitude benefit from the trip and perform well when they return to sea level.

As for whether athletes who live and train at altitude long term have an advantage, the answer is a bit more complex.

Read the full story here.



Celebrating those who thrive at altitude

Locals who are living their best lives at 7,000 feet. Click on each link to read more about these individuals.


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