694Re: Altitude Sickness
- May 31, 2004Bill
Last year I started at Yosemite Valley with the intention of heading
south to Mt. Whitney. I live in Austin, Texas (~600ft of elevation).
The trip started out fine spending the night near Sunrise. The next
day I started feeling not so well after crossing Cathedral pass. By
the time we made Tuolumne Meadows, that day I was just about
finished. I puked for about the last 3 miles into camp. The next
morning all was well until the accent of Donohue Pass. We spent the
night near Waugh Lake and I exited the trail at Silver Lake that day.
I would guess that my problem is at roughly 11,000 ft.
This year we do intend to spend a day and a half in Yosemite Valley.
I hope it helps because I intend to make the entire trip regardless
if I have to puke all the way down the trail. I hope that does not
happen. I plan to take the drugs with me but would rather not use
them unless I feel the effects of the altitude.
I'm glad to hear about your friend's success in her return trip to
the JMT. I'm hoping for a similar experience.
--- In email@example.com, "Bill" <dive_hike@y...> wrote:
> Paul, 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
> 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
> mountain with absolutely no altitude problems.
> May you find the same success acclimating! My understanding is
> altitude problems are a combination of being in shape (my friend
> 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
> and I
> > are leaving for the JMT on July 18. I was out that way last
> > 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
> > Paul
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