693Re: Altitude Sickness
- May 31, 2004Paul, you didn't say at what altitude you had a problem or how
quickly you reached that altitude. Let me offer an encouraging
Several years ago, I day hiked Mt. Whitney with a group of friends.
One person started having problems (vomiting) on the switchbacks.
Her husband stayed with her while the rest of the group summited.
Amazingly she was able to summit (may not have been the smartest
thing to do), and she was still puking all the way down to the
bathrooms at high camp. At that point she started feeling better,
and was strong the rest of the hike.
A couple of years later, she, her husband and I, through hiked the
JMT north to south. We spent 2 nights in Yosemite Valley before we
started. She was fine going over the early passes (Cathedral,
Donohue) and, by the time we reached Whitney, she was roaring up the
mountain with absolutely no altitude problems.
May you find the same success acclimating! My understanding is that
altitude problems are a combination of being in shape (my friend was
in great shape just like you) and genetic predisposition. Perhaps
if you start in the North, you might find you do not need the
drugs. (I have no experience with the drugs).
Best of luck to you! Enjoy your hike.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, plockey@a... wrote:
> I just joined the group and thought I'd say hi. My friend Brian
> are leaving for the JMT on July 18. I was out that way last summer
> and had some problems with altitude sickness. I will be
> with diamox and nifedipine. That combined with an off-season
> conditioning program that could win some a place on a pro sports
> team, I hope will give me a good trip on the trail. I'm planning
> Alaska trip next summer and it might include even greater
> Has anyone on this group had any experience with altitude sickness?
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