699[John Muir Trail] Re: Altitude Sickness
- Jun 1, 2004Thomas
I did see a physician about the problem but in the area where I'm
from Altitude problems are uncommon. My physician basically had to
research the problem himself. That is where I received the drugs that
I intend to take with me on this trip,
Last year when I made the trip I was over 9000ft within 8 hours of
leaving Merced and over Cathedral Pass within 24 hours. Then Donohue
pass 24 hours later. Not really much time to acclimate. I would guess
that after starting the slide towards the symptoms of altitude
sickness my body was never able to recover.
Thanks for the advice.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, thomas taylor <tgtaylor7@y...>
> Before you go, check with you physician as to the
> reason you're sensitive to altitude. Every year
> rescues are needed(usually at night)for people with an
> underlying physical condition that suddenly becomes
> acute with the altidude. Dont be one of them. Find
> out now what the problem is.
> The reason that I'm making this recommendation is
> because if you were in decent physical condition and
> started from the valley (4000'), you should have been
> aclimated to the altitude by the time you started
> hitting the passes.
> --- plockey@a... wrote:
> > Bill
> > 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.
> > Paul
> > --- 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
> > > story:
> > >
> > > 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.
> > > Bill
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --- 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
> > summer
> > > > and had some problems with altitude sickness. I
> > will be
> > > experimenting
> > > > 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
> > > an
> > > > Alaska trip next summer and it might include
> > even greater
> > > altitude.
> > > > Has anyone on this group had any experience with
> > altitude
> > sickness?
> > > >
> > > > Paul
> Best regards,
> Thomas Taylor
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