High Altitude: Acclimatization and Illnesses

hitanshu

Master of the OT Universe
Actually not. Sitting on the bike, negotiating those corners is a test of alertness and keeps our body functioning full on. Those in cars/buses are constantly being thrown about from side to side than moving voluntarily like we do. I got a severe case of motion sickness in some 10km of backroads near Ahd couple of months ago, but never on my trips - has to be all that sitting around :)
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
Or it could be that sitting inside a car you are less exposed to out side environment till you actually step out and if you are not driving, your brain would not be as active as of a person driving/riding. And acclimatization is all about adaptability, the less receptive you are to the elements, more would be the time taken by you to adapt.
 

popsha

Incredible Bulk
The unique thing about AMS is .. its not sure whether it will hit you are not.

Its just oxygen deficiency and low air pressure ... you can't be sure unlees you are there.. so its better to be prepared.

Also the damages caused to the body at very high altitudes are irreversible... so be cautious.
 

Salil

Super Moderator
Staff member
popsha said:
The unique thing about AMS is .. its not sure whether it will hit you are not.

Its just oxygen deficiency and low air pressure ... you can't be sure unlees you are there.. so its better to be prepared.

Also the damages caused to the body at very high altitudes are irreversible... so be cautious.
Xactly... riding or driving or flying or crawling; AMS can hit you. This is one thing that can't be predicted.

Tau... you did it! That must boost your confidence sky high (for the future him trips i mean). Nice, when can we expect a new thread from you?
 

Salil

Super Moderator
Staff member
If you spent the night at an altitude between 4000 to 5000 meters and escaped AMS, then you are among the lucky few who are AMS resistant! Chhatru is around 3200 meters.
 

anupmathur

Super Moderator
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AMS-resistant kids!!!!....

Right Salil!
Here's a thought: to truly enable your kids to be AMS resistant, perhaps it would be best to make sure they are BORN there and then live there for a few years!!??
 
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