As the forerunner of a group of nine scientists, Dr. Ancel Keys, of the Harvard Fatigue Laboratory, will set out on December 20 for the western part of Tibet to conduct an investigation into the effects of altitude on men's endurance. The expedition includes four other Harvard men, an Englishman, a Dane, and two more Americans, Dr. E. H. Christensen, the Dane, is now working at Harvard.
After a long search for the highest possible ground where they could carry on experiments to be conducted for six months, the group chose the plateau at the edge of Tibet, which they could reach from India. The site of the camp will be near the shore of Lake Tso-Moriri, recently surveyed by a Yale geologist, at altitudes of from 17,000 to 22,000 feet. Starting from Bombay the expedition will go north through Kashmir and 400 miles across passes as high as 17,000 feet.
Forced to carry most of its food supply and a good deal of equipment, amounting in all to about six tons, the group will take a native staff of 25 caravan drivers for the 100 horses and 20 yaks. In Tibet they will find only a few mountain sheep, some edible wild asses, and perhaps some fish.