Post # 1
FI and I are going to Colorado in November for our honeymoon, he has never been to a high altitude before and is worried about getting high altitude sickness.
Any bees experience (or hopefully not) this? Tips for preventing it or minimizing the effects?
Post # 3
Maybe take it easy for the first day or so?
I live in a high altitude city and I notice no weird effects, even after coming back from 2 week trips overseas.
Post # 4
@canarydiamond: okay cool. we’ll be in Denver for the first 2 or 3 nights and then will be heading up a bit further! I’ve been tons of times and have never had a problem, so I don’t think its a very common thing
Post # 5
I live in the Denver/Boulder area and can honestly say that altitude sickness at 5280 ft is pretty rare. Unless you go for a jog and/or have health issues that could make it worse, you will probably be fine at this altitude. Once you get more around 7-8,000+ ft though some people start to feel it. Acclimating in Denver for a few days before you go up any higher should help a lot. Just take it easy and don’t do any crazy workouts or anything. Oh, and watch out for alcohol. Drinking at altitude will knock you on your butt before you know what happened to you. 🙂
Post # 6
@radical4peace: He isn’t so much worried about Denver, but he is worried about the second half of the trip, which is about 9,600 ft!
Hopefully staying in Denver will help, it would sure be a bummer to get sick on our honeymoon!
Post # 7
@radical4peace woohoo for Denver/Boulder area!!
Drink lots of water! Where is your second part if you don’t mind me asking? I’m a former sea level person and I had no problem acclimating. I have only hiked one 14er but I did it, albeit very slowly.
Post # 8
Yes, drinks lots of water. Staying in Denver for a couple of nights first will definitely help. Take it easy on the alcohol at first. Biggest thing is stay hydrated for sure. Know the warning signs of altitude sickness (dizziness, nausea, headache, weakness). Colorado is fantastic – moved here a year ago and I love it! There’s so much to do!
Where is the second part of your trip? I’m assuming somewhere in the mountains?
Post # 9
@copewedding, @notbridey: We’ll be spending a week in Breckenridge after Denver. I’ve never had a problem before, but I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry!
We won’t be hiking or skiing, so he should be fine!
Thanks for the tips!
Post # 10
Enjoy! go for a hike it will be lovely!
Post # 11
I grew up in Boulder and moved away from Colorado after college. Whenever I go back, I get wicked headaches and my sensitive skin acts up. It is SO DRY there that you are dehydrated even when not doing anything strenuous unless your body is aclimated. Ditto on drinking mad water. And if you are headache (or migraine) prone, have your meds handy!
Post # 12
Have fun on your trip. Sadly for me it took a while to get used to the altitude. I drank lots of water.
It took me two months to be okay and then I had to go back to MA for something (the town I lived in is below sealevel) when I came back after a week I had issues again and it took another whole month to acclimate.
I even used to feel my ears pop when I did my commute from Denver to Boulder (thank godness I don’t do that anymore). Its been a little over a year now and I do better now. I can even workout without problems.