Thanks!MojaveGeek wrote: ↑Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:34 pmOf course you can cite it! I don't want people getting sick!
Yes, I see, you got one lower night in there, that's not bad.
As for how far to go down... once you are sick, I dunno about the magic of 8K. Part of my problem was that although I thought of myself as "down off the mountain", in fact sleeping (Silverthorne, CO) I was still at 9K feet. And the doc didn't say "Go down 1000 ft boy". He said "You're heading to Denver" which is at 5K and change. Of course, there's no place much lower than that in Colorado
So it's all a bit arbitrary.
You were probably feeling great, though, once you got home! One of the big parts of acclimation is increasing your red blood cell count, and once you've got them, they live 5-6 months! So I figured, this summer, I got acclimated in Montana (sleep at 5, climb to 10) and then was in pretty good shape for Colorado a few weeks later (first part of the trip was sleep at 5, climb to 13) There was a lot of truth to this, but still I did better on the high parts of my hikes after a few days of hiking up that high, so not a perfect solution.
BTW, after my HAPE I gave up on Colorado for years, and spent more time hiking in Washington, where 8K or so gets you on most of the peaks
Actually, starting when I got on the plane in Las Vegas and for the next couple of days, I was finally very, very tired. This was more due to lack of sleep, though. Since that time, I have found that I haven't felt the need for caffeinated drinks in the mornings. I wonder if periodic trips to high elevation can be used as plan for better cardiovascular health, or for sports training.