My companions tell me I have HAPE. I have descended a thousand feet to where I first began to feel the extreme shortness of breath. Now I feel a little better. Shouldn’t I spend the night here and see how I feel in the morning ?

No. Such a scenario has proven fatal. When you have serious symptoms of altitude illness, you should descend to below the altitude at which you first had any symptoms of altitude illness, even mild ones. You may not improve significantly before doing so.

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