Linnea wrote:Thanks, let me know what you find. Although I couldn't sleep at the refuge on Cotopaxi or at Kili high camp, Mera was the first time I got the breathing thing. Maybe I only get it above 18,000. It was really uncomfortable.
FortMental wrote:Had it my first time at altitude. See my trip report: http://www.summitpost.org/a-punters-guide-to-succeeding-or-not-on-denali-s-west-buttress/492622 for details.
I've done a bit of research on this, post climb....in fact, my doctor is a bit of an authority on the subject. I've got some literature around here. Lemme look for it.
Didn't take diamox, despite the fact that we had it, because it was easy enough for me to turn around. But yeah.... I distinctly remember the gasping for air, the gradual decrease in breathing rate, and the sudden increase. It's not, by the way, hyperventilation.
Diver wrote:I used Diamox and I'm pretty sure it helped me a lot with the sleeping. The night I spent at 23 was a bit weird (vivid dreams), but i think i still got a decent amount of sleep despite the fact that it was my first climb to that altitude.
so i would say try a small dose of Diamox back home to make sure you don't have allergies to sulfa (Sulfonamide) and then give it a try at the altitude. plus plenty of water.
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