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695RE: [John Muir Trail] Re: Altitude Sickness

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  • Craig
    May 31, 2004
      Howdy Paul,
      You may want to try Ginko Biloba. There are a few studies that show it
      helps some and I gave it a tried last fall with possible success when I
      went up to Mt. Tyndall. I drove from the flatlands (Redlands, ca) to
      the Shepheards pass trail head ( around 5000+ I think ) then up to the
      Anvil Camp ( 10,000 ) in an afternoon and evening. The next day up
      Shepherds pass and to the base of Tyndall ( almost to 13,000 I think)
      and had no ill effects at all. No headache or nausea. The pass was
      tough in the snow but...that's another story.

      Of course, I can't say I would have had problems without it but what the
      heck. Don't hurt nuthin'.

      Here's an online resource you may want to look at:

      Climb safe,

      "If we can't have fun at least we can suffer" Conrad Anker

      http://www.mountainknowledge.com - Know your mountain.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Bill [mailto:dive_hike@...]
      Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 11:56 AM
      To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: Altitude Sickness

      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 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 johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, 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 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?
      > Paul

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