We all love the experience of hiking a great trail to enjoy a beautiful view of the valley below, but it's important for people traveling to high altitude to understand the risks of decreased oxygen at high altitudes.
Let's say you fly from Los Angeles to Denver, and that afternoon you travel to a trailhead at 8,000 ft and hike to a peak at over 10,000 ft. You were feeling great, but now you have a massive headache and feel nauseated. Unless you head down the mountain, you are in for more serious problems.
High altitude is considered to be between 5,000 and 11,500 feet above sea level. Very high altitude is between 11,500 and 18,000 feet, and extreme altitude is anything above 18,000 feet. (See chart below.)
Altitude sickness is the body’s physiological reaction to the low oxygen levels that exist at high altitudes. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) starts when acclimatization does not keep pace with your ascent to high altitude. This happens when you ascend to quickly or go from sea level to high altitudes in one day, and your body cannot get the oxygen it needs.
Even top endurance athletes know to get to a high altitude race location a few days early to acclimate.
Symptoms of altitude sickness include:
Anyone who goes to high altitude can get AMS. Age, gender, physical fitness or previous visits are not factors; whether you get sick is primarily determined by your genetics and how quickly you ascend.
Some people acclimatize quickly and have no problems; others acclimatize slowly and feel badly for a few days; and still others progress to the more serious forms of altitude sickness. There is no way to predict who is likely to get sick at high altitudes.
The main cause of altitude sickness is ascending to high, too quickly. Flying to a high altitude destination does not allow the body to acclimate. With time, however, your body will adapt to the decrease in oxygen at a specific altitude. This process is known as acclimatization and generally takes one to three days at any given altitude. If you go from sea level to 5,000 feet and spend several days at that altitude, your body will acclimatize to 5,000 feet. If you then climb to 10,000 feet, your body has to acclimatize once again.
Your body undergoes a number of changes to adjust to the decreased oxygen levels at higher altitudes:
All of these changes are a normal response to decreased oxygen levels.
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