Originally Posted by eastcoaststeeze
I just got back this past weekend from being in breck for a week with a friend, i didnt think altitude sickness was that bad for me IMO. Im from Delaware (36ft above sea level where I live here lol) and the only problem I had was a little bit of blood when I sneezed. When I got back was the real problem with thick dense air & my ears were stuffed up for a few days. Major key is to drink water up there and everything should be fine
I don't think there's a pattern you can tell who gets effected by altitude more than others.
Even fit professional athletes get effected by and I know a person who does not get any kind of altitude sickness symptoms.
You can try to prevent or minimize the symptoms.
But if you are prone to it, you just gonna get it.
There's pill (Diamox) you can take.
Along with the side effects of dehydration and sensitive to sun (sunburn).
Best way to handle would be gradual ascent, but since I'm out for 7-10 days, don't have that kind of luxury.
I've been to Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.
Most the time symptoms were manageable and will fade away after few days.
But spending first few days in Colorado at Breck (our hotel was literally right next to Beaver Run Super Chair) our bodies were just not having it.
I had bloody nose and my boyfriend was coughing out blood.
He end up going into urgent care and got discharged with an oxygen tank.
Once we moved down to Vail (which's 1,500 ft lower than Breck), symptoms improved immediately.
0 to 9,600 ft was just not ideal.