My only experience with Diamox was during a climb of Kilimanjaro. The
only side effect I had was the diuretic effect. Drink like crazy
trying to stay hydrated, then have to get up every couple of hours
during the night to pee!
I made it to the summit at 19,600', but once we got above about 18,000
or so I had some pretty amazing hallucinations. Don't think I want to
go quite that high ever again.
Allen F. Freeman
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to
the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the
On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM, klsever72 <ramonsterwear@...> wrote:
> Hi all!
> I've been a reader of this group for going on 8 months or so, but have yet to post, so... hello!
> Myself and a group of friends are heading out from Roads End Wednesday morning and if all goes as planned hiking out of Whitney Portal the next Tuesday.
> I have a history of getting wicked headaches at altitude- even hiking in Desolation and around Tahoe has nailed me- so for this trip my VERY experienced backpacker mother recommended I do what she does and pop some Diamox a couple days before and a couple days into this trip.
> I took my first dose last night and i feel like i took a large dose of Benadryl- groggy and fatigued. Plus it makes me pee all the time when i'm trying to stay hydrated pre-trip. Last night i had a hard time sleeping because of the 'tingling in the extremities' side effect i was warned of.
> So my question is this- has anyone had any experience with these side effects? Has anyone discontinued use because of them and faced the altitude w/o? Has anyone tried cutting down on the dosage with any success?
> Curious and now more than a tad nervous about altitude (we'll be camping at roads end one night but then we'll be heading up to middle or upper paradise and then on to Rae from there for night 2, which ascends us rather rapidly....
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