I'm going to Colorado for a business trip and plan on a couple hikes in the Rockies. Most likely we will do a 14k hike. I'm from New York and the highest elevation I have been is 6,288 ft at Mt Washington. I'm going with a friend who has also never been above 10,000 ft. We will be in Colorado 3 days before we plan on hiking, but given this is a business trip I don't have any time to acclimatize for the 3 days before the hike aside from be in colorado springs for 3 days. I also have Thrombocytosis which is an increase in Platelet count. I'll have to ask my doctor about that one. We are both fit. I'm a runner/triathlete and he is fit as well.
Is there anything we can do before/during the hike to avoid altitude sickness? I've read that drinking a lot of water helps. I know we can't avoid it completely and won't know how it will affect us, but is there anyway to lessen the effect is will have on us?
We both understand if we get any symptoms we will start heading back down the mountain. Safety 1st!