- High Altitude Travel – The higher you go, the “thinner” the air gets, and when you go too high too fast, your body cannot get the oxygen it needs. While many people can reach up to 8,000 feet without any ill effects, anyone who travels from lower altitudes to above 6,500 feet could experience altitude sickness.
- Learn about your destination — Pikes Peak Resorts elevation is approximately 7,800′ above sea level. The closer you live to sea level, the harder of a time you’ll have when visiting higher altitudes.
- Visit your doctor—after you’ve done your research and you decide you could be at risk for altitude sickness. They may recommend acetazolamide, brand name Diamox, which is the most popular drug used for altitude sickness prevention and treatment. Common Cures for headache – ibuprofen, stomach nausea -ginger chews, capsules, or tea, Rolaids.
- Acclimate slowly— this can take anywhere from 1-3 days at a given altitude. Consider spending a night or two at a lower altitude before going higher. Take it easy for the first 24-48 hours of your trip and plan quieter activities.
- Watch What You Eat…and Drink— complex carbohydrates allow you to use oxygen more efficiently and help maintain your energy levels. Always increase water intake at high altitudes. Avoid caffeine and alcohol and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Know the Danger Signs: consider descending to a lower altitude if you experience moderate to severe levels of these symptoms:
Symptoms of altitude sickness can surface with even the healthiest athletes and are NOT a sign of weakness!
Loss of appetite
Fatigue/loss of energy
The good news is, most altitude-induced symptoms are mild and can be avoided—or treated—by following the tips described above. However,