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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by BeachAve View Post
    Lived in CO and I already have motion sickness issues when traveling eleswhere--mostly on an intermediate size boat, mooring in wavy water the worst, for example.

    - drink a lot of water
    -do not drink any caffeinated beverages--coffee or soda for several hours prior to a hike or drive
    -take a couple aspirin with a glass of milk prior

    If I'm on a sugar or caffeine high, the aspirin and milk makes me normal almost immediately
    I get motion sickness pretty easily, but from what I've read, there's not a lot of correlation of susceptibility between the two. If altitude sickness has the same effect on me that my whale watching excursion had, I can pretty much forget toughing through it. That was horrible.

    I've pretty much eliminated most caffeine from my diet for the past 3 months. I'll maybe have an occassional tea, maybe a soda once a week. Otherwise, I've been filling myself with water.


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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by coolerifyoudid View Post
    I get motion sickness pretty easily, but from what I've read, there's not a lot of correlation between susceptibility between the two. If altitude sickness has the same effect on me that my whale watching excursion had, I can pretty much forget toughing through it. That was horrible.

    I've pretty much eliminated most caffeine from my diet for the past 3 months. I'll maybe have an occassional tea, maybe a soda once a week. Otherwise, I've been filling myself with water.
    I hear ya.

    In Colorado I didn't any issues hiking, etc. It was the winding curves of a mountain road--if I'm a passenger. I'm a terrible passenger

    After a few meltdowns riding in car or biking after drinking caffeine/ingesting sugar, I realized a glass of milk and two aspirin reverses the effects

    I also cut out the pop/coffee by 98% since last summer. feel much better...



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    I suffer from altitude sickness frequently. It takes about three days for the symptoms to start to go away. I would chug an electrolyte drink with a couple Tylenol in the morning to get rid of the headache. Then stay on top of hydration throughout the day.


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    Re: Altitude sickness

    You could try taking nitric oxide to prevent altitude sickness. http://www.skiboards.com/altitude-we...pt-p-1239.html



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by coolerifyoudid View Post
    Just curious, how does it rival a nasty hangover? Did you get nauseous as well?

    From what I hear, the headaches are pretty brutal. I'm pretty damn stubborn and I've spent a lot more money in gear than I originally intended, so I'm planning on pushing through if at all possible. I just didn't know if it's a crippling kinda pain or just a real big pain in the *** that you can cope with.
    For me, I got a headache and then threw up. After that I was okay for an hour maybe and it came back. When I was well hydrated there were no effects.



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by coolerifyoudid View Post
    Flying to Vegas and then driving to Lone Pine. We are camping at 12000 the night prior to going on the actual trail, so I'm hoping that any altitude sickness I get takes place that first night

    That will definitely help. 12k is pretty high for a first night, but you're in a tough spot.



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    You'll probably feel it the most the first night. As others have said, lots of water and some pain reliever, tylenol or whatever, will help. I'd expect some headaches but if you stay hydrated and all that you should be it. When I'd go straight from Iowa to Leadville, CO I just made sure to eat some pasta or something in Denver and drink Gatorade all along the way. The only time I've vomited was when I went out there on New Years day and that was probably about 80% hangover and 20% altitude.



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    This makes my hike of Harney Peak last summer look like I climbed an ant hill...



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsCyence View Post
    This makes my hike of Harney Peak last summer look like I climbed an ant hill...
    Yeah, I may be begging for an ant hill before I'm done. Believe me, since I'm flying into and out of Vegas, the thought of a 4 day bender and some photoshopped pictures has crossed my mind.

    Look, there I am at base camp. And there I am on the summit. And here I am in yet another completely different outfit fighting off a bear.


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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Wish you the best of luck Cooler. Some awesome views.


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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Take CoQ10, a supplement available in your vitamin section at the grocery store. Also, a pre-workout drink mix with nitric oxide is helpful during the hike. I usually drink these when in the mountains for extended periods. Be careful when purchasing, some have pretty high caffeine contents. Besides that, just start drinking an obnoxiously large amount of water a good week before you get there and throughout your time there.



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    If you had been training with a breathing restrictor you can simulate higher altitudes. That would be about the only way to get ready before you actually make it out there, other than some quick stimulants like the NO2 or the water strategy(which is always a good one).



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by coolerifyoudid View Post
    Heading to Cali on Thursday to climb Mount Whitney with my brother, brother-in-law, and 3 other people. I've been training and have all my gear packed. My biggest concern is altitude sickness.

    It seems like acclimation is the only tried and true method of preparing the body, but I haven't been able to get that accomplished in the lofty mountains of Kansas. We are going to get a mini-hike at 12,000ft the night before the climb to try to help. We are also taking two days to summit and return versus the day trip.

    I've looked into medication, but everything is prescription-based and blurry vision and dizziness were side effects (less than desirable).

    Anyone done this climb or something similar that can offer any pointers? Has anyone suffered from altitude sickness before? How long does it take to recover?
    They also have a 135 mile marathon from Badwater Death Valley up the slopes of Whitney. You can try that the next year.

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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Can't offer many pointers. I was in that general area last month. Somewhere above 9,000 ft and I got winded just trying to take a leak. Everything got me breathing hard.

    This is a beautiful part if the world. Enjoy the views when you can!



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    Re: Altitude sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by coolerifyoudid View Post
    Yeah, I may be begging for an ant hill before I'm done. Believe me, since I'm flying into and out of Vegas, the thought of a 4 day bender and some photoshopped pictures has crossed my mind.

    Look, there I am at base camp. And there I am on the summit. And here I am in yet another completely different outfit fighting off a bear.
    How much water are you each planning on carrying? Make sure it's a lot. If you have access to water along the hike, consider bringing an in-line water filter so you can filter some water to refill your water containers. Lightweight and a true lifesaver. My brother-in-law and I hiked 4 days through the Grand Canyon using one and it worked like a charm. No way I could have carried enough water to get out the last day.



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