- Jim Davies
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- Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:23 pm
- Location: Colorado Springs
sea level. That is awfully high to sleep, even if people are able to day hike to 14k without issues.
Remember the adage for acclimating: "climb high, sleep low".
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- Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:46 am
- Location: Illinois
What about the Sangres? Not as far as San Louis, prettier peaks I think (haven't done SL) and great camping. We've done this type of thing successfully:
> Day one - fly in, drive to Westcliffe, sleep at whatever it is, 8500' or so.
> Day two - hike to S.Colony Lakes, camp at tree line, what around 11,000 I think (you can look it up if it sounds good to you )
> Day three - if your friends are ambitious, Peak or Needle; if that's a bit much, Humboldt, with awesome views of the other Sangres peaks. Break camp, hike out.
> Day four - fly home
Or, hike straight to S.Colony Lakes on Day one, and have two days for peaks - Humboldt "warmup" on day two, and Peak or Needle on day three. No, not both Peak and Needle, don't even think about it!
We've enjoyed camping right at tree line a number of times. Boulder Field, wonderful as it is, seems a little too high and barren to enjoy camp unless you're really broken into that sort of thing. Seems like every account of it I've read, the campers got virtually no sleep due to wind and extreme conditions.
Slightly longer drive can do the same general itinerary at Willow Lake with Challenger/KC, or Lindsey. I think your input helped our group plan a high camp for Lindsey. We loved that - I would definitely put it in the "middle-of-nowhere" category.
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- Location: South East Michigan
I think as long as flatlanders train properly, stay hydrated and eat enough good quality food they should be fine. Also,, there is a fairly new study that came out a year or two ago about ibuprofen for altitude sickness prevention. 600mg every 4-6 hours had very similiar if not the same affects of diamox,,, without side affects. Worked for me.
― John Muir
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- Joined: Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:21 pm
- Location: Iowa City, IA
The Mummy/Fairchild/Hagues suggestion is also a good one. Great place to camp at Lawn Lake (the best flower display I ever encountered was just above the Lake) and again gives you a few options to choose from.
joshbrink wrote:Also,, there is a fairly new study that came out a year or two ago about ibuprofen for altitude sickness prevention. 600mg every 4-6 hours had very similiar if not the same affects of diamox,,, without side affects. Worked for me.
I've never taken Diamox but generally the altitude doesn't bother me much. I haven't heard about this study on Ibuprofen, but I have always taken it mainly to decrease inflammation of my joints and have had good luck with it.
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- Joined: Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:53 pm
- Location: Illinois
Early on, I pushed it a little too much, obviously, but it gave me a good idea of my capabilities and how to plan these trips better in the future. Btw, I'm 39 and in good health and fitness, so younger and fitter folks might fare better.
- Skip Perkins
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- Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:28 am
- Location: Cable, WI
How about a trip to Lake City and then climb Wetterhorn on your first day and do Sunshine and Redcloud on the second? You'd get a class three and a double plus some hot springs in the area.
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- Joined: Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:54 pm
- Location: Littleton, CO
Day 1: Pick up the crew at DIA in the morning then head west. Hit the grocery and liquor store on the way out of town. Drive up 70 through Breck and Leadville with lunch at Breckenridge Brewery. Set up camp someplace along the 390 road near the Missouri Gulch TH and turn in early.
Day 2: Get up very early and hike up Belford and then traverse to Oxford. Head over to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs for some R&R in the afternoon/evening. Back to camp for another early night.
Day 3: Pack up camp and then head south for a half day raft trip on the Arkansas. I know that the water will be relatively low in early August but something like the numbers should still be a good time for everyone. Drive to Shavano TH and set up camp.
Day 4: Get up very early and hike Shavano and then traverse over to Tabeguache if the crew is up to it. Celebratory beers at Elevation Brewing in Poncha Springs.
Day 5: Leisurely morning breaking camp and then head back in the direction of DIA with a couple of brewery stops along the way. Thinking of hitting Eddyline, Tommyknocker, and maybe Backcountry but I'm open to other suggestions if you've got 'em.
- Dark Helmet
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- Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
also.. I know I'm going to get skewered, but booze is the LAST thing I'd bring on that trip... it'll lengthen your recovery times and really trash you at altitude.
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