How do I prepare my body in Tampa for mountain climb 15748 ft. high?

Living in Tampa FL, how do I prepare my body for a high altitude mountain climb in another country? Just to the safe house (15748 ft.) before true climbers travel to the peak (19,347 ft), no higher. Specifically Cotopaxi. I have 8 months left and I've done it before but it was REALLY hard. Any tips?

caitlinsdad8 years ago
Maybe do your workouts on a stairclimber or wear a 40lb rucksack when you go for a run. Simulating the high altitude may be hard but at least get the body in shape for the stress so it can acclimate easier.
frollard8 years ago
In tampa, you're 'near' sea level - any way to exercise in a reduced oxygen environment should help build your metabolism for that kind of work.

I don't directly recommend using a sort of re-breather mask - because the increased carbon dioxide would affect you, and increase lactic acid in the muscles = pain -- but that sort of training could help your cardio build up. If you have access to a hypobaric chamber.. ;)