Hiking & Backpacking In High Altitudes

Hiking and backpacking in higher elevations to fish can be very enjoyable. However, do you know the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness?

More and more people like to explore regions of mountainous terrain once forbidden to humans. The sights, sounds and clean air offer a brief sabbatical from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city.The higher altitudes offer many facinating features for the more adventurous.

If you have never been in a higher altitude you may want to watch out for altitude sickness.The thin air layer at high altitudes can do strange things to people. You should always know what to look out for in this strange phenomenon and the signs and symptoms will vary as much as th individual will.

The most common illness is known as "Acute Mountain Sickness" In Acute Mountain Sickness you may begin to experience a headache and that headache can and usually will progress to a full blown migraine the farther up in elevation you go.

Also you will loose your appetite, which can be detremental to your energy level and you capabilities to continue your hike. Accompanying this will be nausea, listlessness, and sometimes downright agitation. Your symptoms will resemble that of a hangover at first and gradually progress in the degree of discomfort.

The best way to remedy this illness or to avoid it at all for the first time treckers is to gradually climb in elevation. Never rush to get to the top when unfamiliar with the effects the altitude will and can have on your body. Just remember,the slower you go , the less likely of a chance you have in aquiring altitude sickness.

If you do find out that you are susceptible to this sickness the best way to conquer it is to gain only about a thousand feet of altitude a day.



This will allow your body to adjust to the changes it is experiencing.

Be sure on your climb to take in plenty of fluids and also rest even if it means to take a day in between and setting out your hike for that day.If your symptoms persist do not coninue you ascention because to ignore all these warnings could mean serious consequences.

The much more dangerous form of altitude sickness is "High Altitude Pulmonary Edema."

This form of altitude sickness is dangerous and even deadly if the warning signs are ignored.

The warning signs are shortness of breath, rapid pulse, irregualr heartbeat and a frothy cough with possible bloody sputum.many people do not like to admit that they are feeling ill on the trail for fear of ruining a trip for everyone.

Be sure you know these signs and watch people who may be unfamiliar with altitude in your party.

If someone should happen to experience any of these symptoms it is imperative to get medical help at once.

The most teltale sign of Pulmonary Edema is a distinct gurgling sound when a person takes a breath. This sound is loud and raspy and along with the sound you will often find the person coughing and emiting bloody sputum. If this occurs in yourself or anyone in your hiking or backpacking party be sure to move this person to a lower elevation immediately. Move to get help immediately. Usually, in a case like this the person will be helicoptered by rescue squad and oxygen administered immediately.

Fortunately this illness of any degree is very rare so do not go up the mountain expecting to suffer this illness. Do not let the fact that this could happen ruin your trip into the elevation because most possible this illness will never occur.Be sure to be aware of the signs and symptoms of both illnesses and be on guard and as always be prepared and know what to do in an emergency.

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