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Anyone have a good suggestion in how to prepare for a altitude change? I'm going to steamboat next week, and was wondering if there are any supplements or suggestions. Tia.
Flush Twice....It's a long way to Tusculossa..
I use an Advocare Supplement called O2 Gold. It is an herbal extract that facilitates the body's use of oxygen. Worked at Breckenridge and Crested Butte.
If you want some, let me know.
Constantly drink water and take ibuprofen to reduce brain swelling. Get the 800mg from your doctor. I went from sea level to 15,000ft in a week and didn't have any problems, except feeling like I was on laughing gas for a couple of days till I acclimated, and a little difficulty sleeping at the top. I took around 1 or 2 pills morning, noon and night and probably drank 6 or more liters of water per day. I've been told by a professional to avoid diamox unless it's an emergency.
You don't need this much ibuprofen unless your going above 9,000ft or 10,000ft - not exactly great for the liver.
This post was edited by Funky98 17 months ago
As several have said, just drink plenty of water. I go every year and never have any trouble.
If you want a good steakhouse, visit the Ore House. The Tap House downtown has great wings and beer.
You will have a blast!
We just got back from Copper Mountain near Denver, just past Breckenridge, and it bothered all of us. We did drink lots of water. The main thing we suffered was feeling short of breath, and not sleeping well. It bothered both young and "older" like me! When we left after 4 nights, I was just beginning to feel normal.
Stay hydrated and limit alcohol first couple of days while body adjusts. I live near Breckenridge at about 9100 ft. My husband is a paramedic and runs altitude sickness calls frequently. A lot of problems arise when people are hung over, dehydrated, and overexert themselves. Steamboat is at about 6900 ft at the base so the altitude doesn't affect people as much. Trouble sleeping arises in some people at 11,000 ft. Your chances are great if you keep hydrated and get plenty of rest. Good luck and have fun! The snow in Steamboat is awesome right now!
Ask your physician for Diamox.
Begin 24 hours before your trip and continue for 48 hours after arrival.
Take 250mg every 12 hours.
No smokes, no booze, drink enough water to keep your urine with a slight yellow color, not dark like in the morning.
You will hyperventilate beginning at approx 7500 ft so you need to excrete bicarbonate to counteract the loss of CO2 from the hyperventilation.
Read-up on Cheyne-Stokes respiration and you will understand the mechanism and how Diamox will help, not cure.
Carbonated drinks will taste awful at best.
Anyone going with you that has any form of reactive airways disease or is pregnant should talk with their doc before spending more than 24 hours above 7500-8000 feet. Even young, healthy, non-smokers can be hit with high altitude sickness.
I've done this lots of times, and medically supervised groups of people moving from near sea level to 10,000+ feet for years. I've never seen an issue personally, and I've never given acetazolamide prophylactically.
If you've never had an incidence of AMS or altitude related sickness, then I think you should just focus on enjoying yourself in Steamboat. If I were you, I would familiarize myself with the signs and symptoms of AMS and if you start to suffer anything resembling them - go to the clinic at Steamboat. They see these things all the time and will know how to handle it.
When my daughter was two we were in Keystone and she became ill and was vomiting. She was too young to really articulate her symptoms, and I was concerned that it was possibly AMS. I took her to the clinic, and although it turned out to be a stomach virus, they were very thorough in considering altitude related issues.
As far as supplements to help alleviate the effects of altitude on stamina, etc - nothing that I know of, but if you find something, please let me know!
Enjoy the vacation.
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Chapstick, chapstick, chapstick!
You could go to Utah instead!
Hydrate before and while skiing!
Spent the summer in Co Springs jr year at AU. LOVED IT!! if you are a golfer and you go in spring-fall you have got to take your sticks, the distance you get is amazing!
I agree Bonine and yes it takes much less libations to get you feeling FUZZY!
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