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What to do 1 week prior to coming to High Altitiude?

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What to do 1 week prior to coming to High Altitiude?

We have 1 week until we come to Keystone. Read a list of things one should do prior to coming to a high altitude to prevent sickness, but can't find it. Anyone know where I could find a list?

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1. Re: What to do 1 week prior to coming to High Altitiude?

I don't know that there's much you can do ahead of time except make sure that you are well hydrated and well rested, unless you have other advice from your physician. I like the Institute for Altitude Medicine website for up to date information and research. They have information for "travelers, adventurers, and high altitude residents," as well as for physicians. Once thing they mention is that some studies show that gingko biloba is sometimes effective in preventing acute mountain sickness when taken for five days before ascending, so that might be what you read about. altitudemedicine.org/index.php/altitude-medi…

If you will look on the general Colorado forum, up to the right side of the page is a list of Top Questions. One of those is about altitude sickness, and has a link to several previous discussions.

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2. Re: What to do 1 week prior to coming to High Altitiude?

See your physician first if you have any concerns, but stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol.

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3. Re: What to do 1 week prior to coming to High Altitiude?

Gingko is mentioned in this article in SKI magazine:

skinet.com/ski/article/how-avoid-wrecking-yo…

A 2002 study published in High Altitude Medicine and Biology concluded that taking an extract of the herb ginkgo biloba one day prior to rapidly ascending a mountain may help reduce the severity of altitude sickness. Two of ginkgo’s (the most desirable effects are its capactiy to improve blood circulation, and its ability to allow the brain to tolerate low oxygen levels. The American Botanical Council recommends a dosage 120-240 mg per day in divided doses three times daily of standardized dry extract.

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4. Re: What to do 1 week prior to coming to High Altitiude?

My understanding is that altitude tends to be dehydrating, which is why it is recommended to drink lots of water; we start doing that a couple of days before we leave for the mountains.

Because both alcohol and caffeine are also dehydrating, we stop drinking both of those a couple of days in advance and don't consume them for the first two days in the mountains.

We also take an aspirin every morning and every evening to thin the blood and facilitate oxygenation.

DH is particularly sensitive to altitude; for the past few years, he has gotten a prescrption for Diamox, which has made a significant difference for him.

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