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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby TravelingMatt » Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:36 pm

snowboardinco wrote:No one uses or actually needs oxygen at 14k.

Actually, everyone does. :P
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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby aweygandt » Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:49 pm

Along the lines of getting acclimatized...

After hiking at 9-12k as snowboardinco and others recommended, then it might be worth it to drive up Mt. Evans with a friend a week before your hike. Evans isn't far from Grays/Torreys. If you're feeling great, then read a book up there and see how you do for a couple hours. It will help you acclimatize for the upcoming hike. If you feel awful, then have the friend drive back down. That way you can experience 14,000' in a bit more controlled environment.

I hope that helps.

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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby mtree » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:06 pm

See a doctor for expert advice. Someone who has experience in this field. Maybe high altitude hiking just isn't in the cards for you.

I agree with those who suggest to acclimate to higher elevations slowly or gradually. See how it goes. Drink lots of water. Having asthma can't help.

You can try some ibuprofen, but I think the results of that study is statistically insignificant.
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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby taylorzs » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:11 pm

Here you go: . I recommend a CPAP or perhaps a non-rebreather! Nasal canuli just do not deliver strong enough flow for 14,000'. Be careful though O2 tanks are extremely dangerous both as fire hazards and as explosive projectiles! 8) :lol: BTW, there is no way that this not a joke guys.
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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby tlongpine » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:19 pm

Not sure this inquiry is sincere or not, but my response is: consult a medical professional.

I cannot believe how often this is the answer to questions here. Why would you ever trust a bunch of online strangers to diagnose and prescribe treatment instead of a trained physician?
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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby shearmodulus » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:21 pm

Keep training and acclimating.

Everyone gets affected by altitude at some pointing their careers, and AMS, HAPE, HACE and even the dreaded HAFE can come on to even the most experienced and fit climbers at lower elevations. At 20,000 feet NO ONE feels normal. Even setting camp at 14,200 sucked, and I climb fourteeners year-round. The difference? Usually I get to the top of a 14er, tag the summit, take a short break and turn around.

Advice: climb high, sleep low, drink lots of water, and keep ibuprofen handy for mild headaches. Hydration is usually the primary cause of AMS.

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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby shearmodulus » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:22 pm

Dancesatmoonrise is a doctor. I just play one on the interwebs.

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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby larkinrx2 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:47 pm

dancingmanatee wrote:..... My boyfriend and I ....

since not loaded on the profile, going out on a limb with this sentence and assuming you are female. Or if not the following would still apply but females have obvious reasons for the following....

When discussing with your physician regarding your Asthma, maybe see if they can do a simple IRON test to determine if your stores are high enough that you are able to ramp up RBC production with physical and altitude training
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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby semitrueskerm » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:22 pm an added get to look and sound like Darth Vadar....

Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby forbins_mtn » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:31 pm

semitrueskerm wrote: an added get to look and sound like Darth Vadar....

wasn't there some awesome college football team that used those for high altitude training? i think it worked out well for them too :wink:

Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby Steve Climber » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:54 pm

Guess I have my costume picked for any Halloween climbs
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Re: Oxygen tank recommendations?

Postby Kiefer » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:54 pm

dancingmanatee wrote:Hi all,
Even back in HS I still needed my inhaler and could never get my breathing right despite being in fantastic shape.)

What kind of mistakes were you making? If you're devouring too much vegetation while attempting to breathe,
you might run into water inhalation problems.


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