Don't Ruin Your Adventure Plans: 7 Tips to Prevent Altitude Sickness

Many outdoor adventures involve heading to the mountains to hike, backpack or to go skiing. If you aren't careful your entire adventure plan can be ruined by an unexpected case of altitude sickness. It's important to know how to limit the risk of getting altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS) . Watch the video or read the tips below on how to avoid altitude sickness.

How to lower your risk of getting altitude sickness

1. Hydration - Drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated whenever you gain elevation.

2. Avoid Alcohol - Alcohol slows your body down and decreases the amount of oxygen in your blood.

3. Eat Carbohydrates - A high carbohydrate diet will help keep you fueled and feeling good at higher elevations.

4. Rest - Get lots of sleep and take plenty of breaks.

5. Get Acclimated - Give your body time to adjust to higher elevations. When gaining elevation try to spend some time at a 'medium' elevation for your body to adjust before heading on to a higher elevation.

6. Ginkgo Biloba - According to the CDC taking Ginkgo Biloba can help prevent altitude sickness.

7. Ascend Slowly - Take your time. Don't rush into higher elevations. Take it slow, if you start to feel nausea or headaches turn around before the symptoms get worse.

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More information available here: symptoms of altitude sickness.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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