Skip to main content

View Diary: Bigfoot Wants You! Glacier EPIC Meet Up Roll Call (86 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  elevation is (5+ / 0-)

    a butt-kicker. Yes, walk more now, although my experience is that time spent at elevation is what makes the difference. You can still hike, you'll just need to stop a bit more to catch your breath. And napping. napping is good. And going easy on the booze-alcohol affects you more quickly/differently at elevation. Oh, and the sun-it is WAAAAY more intense at elevation. Bring sunscreen, floppy hats, and aloe.  :)

    The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

    by Thinking Fella on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:09:29 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Great advice (5+ / 0-)

      Especially this:

      going easy on the booze-alcohol affects you more quickly/differently at elevation. Oh, and the sun-it is WAAAAY more intense at elevation. Bring sunscreen, floppy hats, and aloe.  :)

      "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

      by BlueJessamine on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:13:37 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Added to the diary (5+ / 0-)

      to inform all attendees. Thank you.

      So glad that you are coming to help guide us with your experience.

      "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

      by BlueJessamine on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:18:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hey- since I don't (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        BlueJessamine, Ojibwa, arizonablue

        know y'all...or your relative health.

        If you have pre-existing heart or lung problems, you'll need to take it very easy. The air up at elevation is 'thinner'. That means the oxygen molecules are 'more spread out' throughout the air--implying you'll need two breaths to get the same number of oxygen molecules you'd get in one breath at sea level. Capiche?

        If you live at sea level, when you get to 5000', you'll be breathing a tad more quickly, and your heart will beat a bit more to circulate the O2 through your body. No big deal if you're healthy. But if you have circulatory problems at sea level, you'll need to spend quite a bit of time sedentary--or you'll have real problems. Wouldn't be a bad idea to read up on 'altitude sickness' before you go...but don't let it scare you. By & large, the cure for altitude sickness is going to a lower elevation. You can do that.

        Now dogs--dogs aclimate to elevation changes within 24 hours. Your pooch will not even notice the difference.

        The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

        by Thinking Fella on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:50:38 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I have a heart murmur (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Thinking Fella, Ojibwa, arizonablue

          and experience tachycardia. Had it since I was a kid. Doc said I would out grow it. Still waiting. ;)

          When it happens I sit down a breath deeply. All of a sudden it will stop and become a faint heart beat. Freaks others out to feel it all happening in my chest.

          "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

          by BlueJessamine on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:07:02 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site