The sea level dweller goes up
|August 1, 2011||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Off to climb Pikes Peak!
For those of you interested, we are taking Barr Camp Trail and staying at Barr camp for 2 nights during the adventure. Too bad we aren’t horses and can’t take advantage of their natural altitude adjusting physiology.
These two sea level gals (with my mom) have been doing all we can to prevent altitude sickness (Pikes Peak is a 14er, my first) which includes:
*Staying hydrated, starting a couple of days before the ascent.
*Considering electrolytes during the hydration process
*plenty of sleep (there hasn’t been a night where midnight has seen us in our beds, so this isn’t going so well…)
*Fitness at sea level
*A series of gradually more strenuous warm up hikes in the days leading up to the ascent – All above 6k ft elevation and range from actual trails, to “hiking” the down town at used gear shops.
All these things are very similar to what I would do the prepare for a high elevation endurance ride, such as Tevis.
Back in a couple of days!