High altitude may affect certain health concerns, such as: a heart condition, a pace-maker, breathing problems, pregnancy, etc. We STRONGLY encourage that you contact your physician before traveling to high altitude.
If you can, come rested and well-hydrated, which means drinking 6-8 glasses of water 5-7 days prior to travel. Once you get to altitude it is too late to get hydrated. You will want to continue drinking 6-8 glasses of water during your stay. Please note caffeine and carbonated drinks dehydrate you. Also, do not exert yourself strenuously for the first 24-48 hours. So, don’t plan to go running or exercising when you first get there.
For those of you who have a prior history of problems with altitude sickness, you may want to check with your doctor beforehand. There is a prescription medication available that can help some people, but it must be taken 1-2 days before you travel in order to help.
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