- Feb 25, 2015
- Central MA
I have not met any one who was not effected by altitude in some shape or form. Some actually experience sickness while others experience headaches, however, shortness of breath is more common. If sleeping above 7000 ft then interruptions in sleep often occur due to gasping for air at times.
From our personal experience start taking Ginko Baloba and Ginseng while at lower elevation as much as two weeks prior. Everyday! Eat foods like bananas on days of activity that are high in potassium to aide in blood cells carrying oxygen. While you are here drink water lots of it. We traveled back east about three weeks ago and breathing felt really easy but returned and we noticed it. The two G's mentioned earlier do make a difference. Another thing we used when vacationing here was Altitude Adapt, which helps to combat sickness or AMS, it thins blood for improved circulation. We also carried portable oxygen which can be found all over around here.
BTW there is a natural combination called Altitude Adjustment with includes the two G's mentioned above. I had not tried that.
All of this was discussed in another thread a bit ago. If traveling west consider it. BTW don't be fooled by Denver, it's elevevation there does not impact people. Thinking a night there will help it will not. Elevation issues start at 7000 ft.
We live at 7000 ft now so we have gotten acclimated but we still feel it on steeper climbs or hike to terrain at A Basin at 12,000 ft.
If you stay in Dillon, CO that is at about 9000 ft and most will notice it immediately especially in stairwells and sleep.
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We stayed in Frisco, which is about 9,000 ft. also and we definitely all felt it at least some. All 4 of us had some sort of mild headache and breathing issues. No issues which were too bad though which was great. I definitely knew I could not do nearly as much as what I'm used to be able to doing at home. Anything un-groomed was just absolutely exhausting. Hiking up to terrain was not even an option for me honestly.
We carried around the portable oxygen, that was good for a quick fix/pick-me-up if needed. Drank a ton of water so I was never dehydrated which was good. I hate bananas, but forced myself to eat them as to not get cramping and didn't have any of those issues.
We also noticed that it was very very DRY. Much drier than what we're used to, so skin was dry, always feeling thirsty, etc.
It was very different, but also awesome and I loved it. Our only real issues were due to the altitude/thin air and aside from light headaches, it was just a decreased stamina that we noticed.