ExcitableBoy wrote:My own hypothesis is that if one is fit enough, they can 'outrun' altitude sickness on 14k peaks to a certain extent.
I've often wondered about this. I pretty much always get a headache when climbing 14ers, but it seems very time dependant. If I summit fast, I usually get the headache on the way down. If I take it slow and camp at 10 to 12K feet, I still get a headache but at a lower altitude and it usually gets a little better the next day (but the night sucks). I'm curious if I tried to push it really fast, if I could "outrun" altitude sickness, or at least minimize the time I have to deal with it.