How to Prepare For Colorado’s Altitude

Samuelson Outfitters is known for guided elk hunts in Colorado, a state which is known for its gloriously tall mountains. Indeed, visitors who aren’t familiar with “altitude” in Colorado should take some precautions before spending time so high above sea level.

When you’re high atop a mountain, the air is “thinner” up there, so you’ll want to take it slower than you would elsewhere. Your body needs to get as much oxygen as possible, so that’s why slower movements work better than, say, running around. Also, it’s important to drink lots of water to remain properly hydrated. You’d do well to increase your intake of carbohydrates, too.

Consider taking gingko. It will enhance your blood’s circulation. Experts recommend taking 60 mg of gingko daily for five days before the day you’ll be making your ascent up a mountain.

Colorado Altitude It’s best to avoid liquor and caffeine, and limit your alcohol intake, too. Water is essential and will help your body acclimate to the altitude; the other drinks won’t. Your urine should be almost clear and colorless. If it’s not, you’re not drinking enough water.

Taking an aspirin in the morning as well as the evening can help thin the blood and improve oxygenation. Some people get a prescription for Diamox, which is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. Diamox is used to decrease headaches, tiredness, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath, all of which can occur at high altitudes.

Last but not least, you might find bottled oxygen for sale in some Colorado towns. Skiiers typically buy it, but elk hunters can use it, too. Should you develop a headache while hunting, due to the altitude, try spraying a couple bursts of oxygen from the canister into your nose and mouth. People seem to think this helps them feel better.