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Drop in oxygen level & mountain sickness at 11,000 ft

I recently went for Hampta Pass trek. The trek was well organized and we did acclimatize for a day and started the trek next day.

Initial two days of trek went quite well. On 3rd day of trekking, I started feeling breathlessness, fatigue and shivering by the time we reached next camp. At night, I was found breathing heavily, and my oxygen level was found to be around 32%. This was a serious condition as ...
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Best cure for athletes foot.

Hi, I have been battling with athletes foot for a long time now and am seeking the best treatment for it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Blood donations and altitude

So I was just curious who here has made the mistake of going up too high after donating some blood. I donated for the first time on Friday morning and like an idiot ignored the warning of no strenuous activity for 24 hours. I hiked from about 6500' to 8000' on Saturday morning. I was planning on spending 2 nights there. Thankfully my girlfriend recognized the signs of altitude sickness and made me walk my ...
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Brain damage in high altitude?

Hi!

This is my first post here. I was not able to find much conversation related to this issue so I decided to do a new post.

I am about to begin mountaineering next year and my goal is to summit Mont Blanc after some years of training in Norway first. As I have been reading a lot about mountaineering I came across a research that might be familiar to many of You.

Here is ...
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Preventing frostbite Preventing frostbite

Hi guys. I'm not a climber. However, I dreamed of climbing when I was much younger. My area of expertise is heat transfer. I've seen quite a few climbers on TV who were missing fingers and/or toes. An idea popped into my head which you all probably know about already. But I have to mention it. If you're in danger of losing your fingers, pull your arms out of your coat sleeves and hold them ...
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Ice Cave Collapse

In Washington State an easily accessible hiking destination was the area of collapse snow/ice cave tragedy. Luckily more people were involved.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/danger ... ailsignout
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Looking for feedback on my latest project

Hi there,

Long time reader of summit post (and forums). First time poster.

I guided for four years worked in Search and Rescue -- I noticed two things:
1. Finding certification courses and information wasn't easy.
2. People with certifications (even basic ones like WFA) can really save lives and make a difference.

I recently stopped guiding. And I started a project. I'm trying to get a ton of wilderness medicine (and safety) courses in ...
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beta blockers and altitude

Hi all. I was recently diagnosed with fairly severe hypertension despite being fit and in otherwise good health. It is now well controlled with medication but one of the medications is the beta blocker carvedilol. I understand that beta blockers slow heart rate and reduce cardiac output to some degree so I am concerned about my upcoming trip to Mexico (Ixta, Orizaba) in January. I have noticed a very slight decrease in exercise stamina on ...
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EPO for altitude

Howdy

Illicit use of EPO being huge in the cycling world, I'm suddenly struck that I've never really heard about it used for high altitude climbing.

I'm not a medical professional, nor am I an EPO user - I'm just a non-doping amateur athlete, and so my interest in such topics is limited to stuff I read and what I've seen. But from WHAT I know, it seems like EPO could be every bit as ...
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Overweight cal intake? Please help

Good day, I am overweight by a fair amount, 280 lbs for 5'7". I love hiking in the winter, I find it is a good way to loose weight. The weight that I would be conformable to be at would be about 180 lbs so as you can see, when I an fully geared up, it's like I have 100 lbs that I am carrying over and above my pack. Most people, when t comes ...
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