Re: Philmont -Reply
John Waidner (jtwaidner@IQUEST.NET)
Fri, 10 Feb 1995 22:56:00 EST
Jim Van Hecke writes:
>You will be at fairly high altitude (8,000 to 13,000) feet. While there IS
>in the air (some will argue this point) <G>, the lower air pressure makes the
>exchange of oxygen less efficient than you may be used to. You may feel
>tired or have less energy. There is a technique called POWER BREATHING
>which you may want to look up. I am not an expert so will not presume to
>instruct on how to do it.
>Try the New Mexico Green Chili.
From personal experience I have found that the best method for aclimating to
the altitude is to spend one night at the trailhead (if trailhead is at
altitude) and get a good night's sleep following a good meal. Take it
relatively easy the first day on the trail, being sure to eat well at lunch
and snack at mid afternoon. After that it everyone should be ok, but just
in case, be prepared for headaches that accompany altitude sickness.
The Scouts will aclimate more rapidly than the adults. As a youth I never
had a problem with altitude sickness. I was 28 the time I took my wife of
one year out on a backpack trip. We started at 8,500 feet and went up to
10,000 in seven miles. I just about cured her enthusiasm for the idea and
developed one walloping headache myself. Naturally, the asprin was one item
we had left behind. My wife remained enthusiastic about backpacking and I
eventually got over my headache. After that I have always tried to spend a
night at altitude before hitting the trail. It must work; I've never had
another bout with altitude sickness.
Can't speak personally about the green chili, but it sounds like a fine idea.
CC, Pack 132
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City