High-Altitude Mountaineers Use All Natural Sunscreen During Himalayan Ascent

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Over the next two weeks, a Swiss Expedition with Hansruedi Wirth and a team of 7 high-altitude mountaineers will climb 23,212 ft. high Mt. Satopanth in the Indian Himalayas. In order to prevent serious skin damage to their face, lips and hands as they ascend to the summit, the entire team has chosen to use MelanSol All Natural Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF-25. A radically different antioxidant rich sunscreen formula that is biodegradable.

I am fascinated with the challenge of high-altitude mountaineering because it tests my physical and mental limits.

Over the next two weeks, a Swiss Expedition with Hansruedi Wirth and a team of 7 high-altitude mountaineers will climb 23,212 ft. high Mt. Satopanth in the Indian Himalayas, very near the border triangle of India, Nepal and Tibet. Because avoiding serious skin damage at this high altitude is an absolute necessity, the entire team has chosen to be outfitted with MelanSol®, the same radically new all natural sunscreen Hansruedi Wirth and the majority of his team used during their 2006 high-altitude climb of 24,688 ft. Annapurna IV, in the Himalayas of Nepal.

The team members include 2 Austrians, 1 German and 5 Swiss. There are three women on the team, one of which is a medical doctor. The support group includes three climbing Sherpa's and several carrier Sherpa's with logistical functions like carrying equipment and cooking.

Each team member and Sherpa will be equipped with a 2 oz. bottle of MelanSol® SPF-25 all natural antioxidant sunscreen. "During my last expedition, we used MelanSol® SPF-18," said Wirth. "It protected our face, lips, and hands above 19,000 ft. elevation better than any sunscreen we have ever used. Personally, I very much like that it is all natural."

The scheduled itinerary has the team covering 10 days of ascent once they reach Gangotory pilgrimage, their base camp at 9993 ft. elevation. They will spend the next 9 days ascending through three more camps until they reach a lengthy summit ridge at 23,211 ft. elevation, with 30 degrees of slope on both sides of the summit of Mt. Satopanth. They may establish a final camp at the beginning of this narrow ridge before attempting an ascent to the summit. They will make their full ascent without oxygen, although each will have a small bottle in case of an emergency.

When asked about his passion for high altitude climbing, Wirth said, "I am fascinated with the challenge of high-altitude mountaineering because it tests my physical and mental limits."

About MelanSol®:
MelanSol® is a radically new form of all natural antioxidant sunscreen that takes UV skin protection to an entirely new level. Aside from using unmodified zinc oxide to safely reflect UV rays, what distinguishes MelanSol® from traditional sunscreen is its unique proprietary formulation of three topical antioxidants- Bio-Melanin, Green Tea and Natural Vitamin E. This synergistic natural combination of topical antioxidants gives your body the free radical fighting protection it needs to help prevent sunburn, pre-maturely aged skin and skin cancer. It's biodegradable and safe for children's sensitive skin.

For more information, visit http://www.PureSunscreen.com or call 866-242-3776. MelanSol® is distributed in the US by Oceana Naturals, LLC, Panama City Beach, Florida.

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