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post #1 of 13
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Does anyone know if these suggestions work fro high altitude skiing?

" Prepare for the high altitude. You can start taking Diamox one day before you arrive for best results (RX. Recommended dose 125mg twice a day) or Ginseng 100 mg twice a day starting 5 days before you get here. "


post #2 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpringsRegular
Does anyone know if these suggestions work fro high altitude skiing?

" Prepare for the high altitude. You can start taking Diamox one day before you arrive for best results (RX. Recommended dose 125mg twice a day) or Ginseng 100 mg twice a day starting 5 days before you get here. "
I can't specifically answer your question, but here is a thread posted by dp on altitude sickness that includes plenty of good info, IMO.

Hope this helps answer your questions.
post #3 of 13
Ginkgo Biloba, google it. I use it every year at 9K base and skiing at 10.5 to 11.5K. A bunch of other guys in my school use it and have great results.
post #4 of 13
I used Diamox when I went to Breck (base 9k) and Keystone (peak >13k) in April. I had a headache one morning, but it wasn't from the altitude!

One of the women on my trip had wicked AMS. She went through a bunch of tests and such. In the end, she was prescribed Diamox. And since she got it then and there, it cost about five times what I paid for mine in Canada!
post #5 of 13
Keep in mind Diamox makes soda (and beer!) taste awful. Though I was told by a bartender at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco that a nitrogen beer would work ok because it's not carbonated!

Seriously, having taken Diamox before until I finally got used to tripping bi-weekly between sea-level and Summit County (9000 ft or so), I'd suggest you don't take it if you haven't had an AMS episode yet. You might not need it. It helps some, but it gives you the creepy-crawlies too - snakes crawling under your fingertips, fun stuff like that. The Ginko is a great idea and has no real side effects. Give yourself permission to start out slowly your first day or two at altitude, drink lots of water or other non-caffeinated stuff to stay really well hydrated, and enjoy!
post #6 of 13
I don't know if anyone noticed the article "Peak Performance" in the December '04 Ski.

Sildenafil, The generic name for Viagra is rising to new heights - and skiers who suffer from altitude sickness might soon feel the results. Curious about the anti-impotence drug's influence on physical exertion, German scientists tested its effects on 14 healthy Swiss and German climbers as they scaled Mount Everest. Sildenafil rose to the occasion: According to the results published in the August 2004 Annals of Internal Medicine, sildenafil reduced pressure on the blood vessels in the lungs and increased maximum aerobic capacity while the moutain climbers were high up on the 29,035-foot Himalayan peak, where oxygen is in short supply.

As it turns out, sildenafil's effects imitate the oxygen-rich blood flow of the Tibetans, which has evolved naturally during their 20,000 years on the high Tibentan Plateau, says Cynthia Beall, Ph.D. co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case-Western Reserve University. While the results from Mount Everest are only preliminary, scientists say sildenafil might eventually reduce ill effect of phyical activity at high elevation. In other words, the drug might help skiers breathe easier - or at least battle that vaction-wrecking altitude sickness.
post #7 of 13
Isn't there something in Viagra that helps to combat Altitude sickness....that would be interesting...
post #8 of 13
Unless you've had ams before I would suggest you skip the drugs.

Up your water intake 3 days before you leave, use a humidifier at night, and ... don't drink the first day.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by bklyntrayc
Unless you've had ams before I would suggest you skip the drugs.

Up your water intake 3 days before you leave, use a humidifier at night, and ... don't drink the first day.
My emphasis.

Do you mean don't drink---or don't drink alcohol?

I thought part of the idea was to be hydrated so I assume you meant no booze the first day?
post #10 of 13
Yep, I meant no booze.
post #11 of 13
cool!
post #12 of 13
SpringsReg----MarkXS 's post here is right on the money. I too trip from sea level (actually 5.96') to Summit County (9500-12,000') a couple times a year.

Out of the blue once came down with a severe case of HAPE. Think I still have the record low Oxygen count (for survivors) at the Summit Med Center of 36 (should be in the 90's) I have returned several times since on no medication w/o any problems.

Take your time going up to the High Country, the more time you spend in Denver the better off you are.

Go Ginko----the Diamox side effects can be unfriendly and you probably don't need to take it.
post #13 of 13
I followed my doc's suggestion & started taking Diamox a few days before my trip last year.
I tossed them.

The side affects sucked.

Instead, I drank plenty of water, used nasal strips, &
12 hr Afrin before going to sleep. No Headaches!
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