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China climb - altitude sickness other tips

Postby jpershke » Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:44 am

I am not an experienced climber but am going on a guided corporate trip to china next month to 20k ft. I am looking for any tips esp. related to avoiding altitude sickness. I read about acetazolomide but my Dr. had never heard of it. Is this advised? Do I need a find a Dr. to prescribe/etc. Other tips or things I need to prepare for? Thanks, Jon
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Re: China climb - altitude sickness other tips

Postby Brad Marshall » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:13 am

Hi Jon:

Some climbers use acetazolomide (Diamox) while climbing to help their bodies adjust while acclimatizing. Others may use it to help them sleep at night. It does have to be prescribed and some doctors have never heard of it. Some useful information can be found at the link beneath on this drug and there's a great deal of additional info you may want to read. You may also want to print off some of the info for your doctor if you plan on getting some.

http://www.basecampmd.com/page/mission.shtml

A good rule of thumb to follow when first ascending above 10,000 feet is to average 1,000 feet per day. You may climb from 10,000 to 13,000 in one day and return to 10,000 to sleep. The following day move up to 13,000 and sleep. Then on the third day rest at 13,000. Three days, 3,000 feet.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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Postby jpershke » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:31 pm

Thanks - I saw that article which is why I was interested in the drug. My hosts say I don't need it but it can't hurt....as you say my doctor was "what?" and wanted to "see me" which is a pain but maybe worthwhile.....
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