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  • pcfischerii commented on jessyratfink's instructable how to adjust to high altitudes 1 year ago
    how to adjust to high altitudes

    The study you cited sounds weak with a small sample size and not much difference in the truly quantifiable measure of arterial oxygen saturation. The main points you covered that should be stressed are conditioning (many US citizens who call themselves fit are not because it takes a lot of work), hydration, gradual acclimation, and sun protection. Should not need (vs enjoy) the stimulants to begin with and they do exacerbate the altitude sickness. I would be skeptical of any folklore remedies until they have a lot of sound scientific support; the statement "can't hurt" is sometimes not the case. Finally, be ready to back off if things go downhill, er that is you should be ready to go downhill.....

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