asmrz wrote:For over 30 years, I lived at the sea level on Southern California coast. Almost every other weekend my partner and I would drive to eastern Sierra Friday night, sleep at the TH (5-7,000'), hike to 11,000 or 12,000 feet Saturday, climb a high Sierra peak and drive home to be at work Monday morning. How did that work?
Well we got to know our bodies well. You might be Olympic quality athlete in elevation, but you might not know it, it is genetic and (generally) not much you can do about it. You need to find out how well you do at elevation.
So go to elevation and observe your reaction. At the begining, a slight headache and tiredness at (lets say 11,000') will be normal. Drink plenty of fluids (2-3 quarts a day or more), don't rush the first few trips, but most importantly, observe your body reaction to altitude. If you do well, start pushing it. Faster up hill rate, push your body a bit more, observe. If you are more or less ok after strenuous uphill effort to get to cc 12,000' the first day, you are OK in general.
Once you are comfortable knowing that your response to altitude is pretty even, a whole world of the high hills will be open to you.
BTW most of us do not feel much until we get to (let's say) 9-10,000', so you'll need to hike in mountains that are at least that elevation. Be slow about it at the begining, but don't be afraid of it, unless you suspect something about yourself that we don't know about.
It does not hurt to be in very good physical condition. Being in top shape does not quarantee you good results in elevation, but well conditioned body performs better in general.
To train for higher mountains (above 22,000'), there are ways and devices to restrict your oxygen intake while jogging, hiking and training. But that is most likely a different subject.
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