Last week my brother Ross and I returned from a roadtrip in the southwest USA. As we travelled through many mountainous areas, such as the high deserts of Arizona, and the Zion National Park in Utah, it was a good chance for us to scientifically test a theory that I, for one, have long suspected to be false. This theory claims that many hours in a high-altitude environment can lead to a strange 'bends effect', whereby the face becomes altered and bloated, the eyes half disappear, and the victim generally takes on the peculiar demeanour of golfer Colin Montgomerie.
To test this theory, Ross and I took a series of photographs. The first photo was of both of us, taken before we ascended the Utah mountains. Then we took two more photos, on the summit, to show if any changes had taken place after we had been in a high-altitude environment for some time. The results are posted below. I hope you will agree with me that they are definitive.