whiteknuckles wrote:I'm a flatlander. So I have no idea how I'll react to altitude. Altitude to me is like 2,000 feet above sea level. I think I live at about 400ft or something like that.
Fitness: I've run a couple of reasonably fast half-marathons around 1:40 in the last couple of years. That involved a sustained heart rate 180 + for close to two hours. I tried a flatland hike of 20km with 55 pound backpack a couple weeks back. I forget how long it took me - maybe 3 to 5 hours. It wasn't much of a problem. Then again it was in rolling farm hill topography. Up until 2 months ago I had been going to the gym 3-6 days a week for 2 years. We'll say I averaged 4 days a week, but it included a six month stretch of 6 days a week. Typically gym day = 30-90 mins. of cardio (running, cycling, swimming, elliptical) and 4-6 exercises at 10-15 rep. for 4 sets of resistance training a day. Regretably I still look like a gelatinous blob.
whiteknuckles wrote:I know this has all been talked about on here before, in one form or another, but what is a reasonable acclimitization schedule?
I was thinking about using Oso as a guide - assuming he'll take a newb up. They offer an 8 day schedule: summiting Malinche, 14,500 feet, on day 3 and hiking up to 15,700 on day 5 and then summiting Orizaba on day 6. Is that really pushing it?
day 1: mexico city - 7,350 ft.
day 3: malinche - 14,500
day 5: on Orizaba hike up to 15,700 and return to lower altitude
day 6: summit - 18,000 and something
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