High Altitude: Acclimatization and Illnesses

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  1. hitanshu

    hitanshu Master of the OT Universe

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    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 :)
     
  2. Yogesh Sarkar

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Salil Super Moderator Staff Member

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    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?
     
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    SachinOnTop Full Use Else Lose

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    ^ yeah, its high time for hitanshu to post a detailed travel log with pics!
     
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    Didnt feel any AMS in Spiti. But that is some really good info. :idea: :shock:
     
  7. Salil

    Salil Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If you really want to 'feel' it, camp there for the night....
     
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    Did that too.
     
  9. Salil

    Salil Super Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
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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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