Preparing for what seems to be our annual Western backpack trip takes some planning. One of the big areas we have to plan around is going from the lowlands of Ohio to hiking at higher altitudes. We do everything we can to avoid altitude sickness. In this video I go over my preparation process for backpacking at high elevation.
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okay not really hiking it helps dude but when we end up doing our our Western trip that we did last year which was epic and I'm fully expecting this year's trip to Utah in July to be really awesome when you're out there once you start getting please for me because the altitude and how it affects people differs depending on who you are for me what ended up happening is once I made it to about oh eleven thousand feet or so then things started feeling weird for me I realized I could lose my breath really easily even though I wasn't exerting much effort and I couldn't push myself as far or as fast so in terms of how I prepared for hiking out west one of the big things I do and that's why the thumbnail is a huge joke to me is you try your best to feel your body with the right things and so I definitely cut way back on sugars natural sugars I think are fine as long as you don't overdo them I try to cut back on sugars carbs in general and I try to bump up the amount of protein in my diet just in preparation for having to I kind of any hike but especially at altitude and healthy fats is why I trying to focus on and there's something that works for me and I find just in regular life that I feel way better if I do that the second thing I do is try to make sure I'm a good cardiovascular shape I used to run a lot more than I did for example this year in the in the run-up to this hike I used to to run a lot more but I found that when I ran a lot it started to kind of we're on my knees I definitely felt it more when I kind of bumped up the intensity and so I do a lot of walking and so that's not necessarily cardiovascular activity but I walk a lot I pack walk whenever I can walk the dog so he's really really happy around this time because he gets lots of walks sometimes twice three times a day if I'm really pushing it I try to walk with a pack whenever I can and something I've really recently been getting into is biking a lot because easier and joints but you could still get in that cardiovascular range without kind of the impact exercise and so I've really been enjoying that so stay tuned this here is your teaser right now the channel you may see a bike packing trip in the future I have no idea when I'm still considered myself to be a beginning biker but that's one of the activities that I really enjoy doing right now and working out in general stinks I never enjoyed running thank goodness I enjoy biking a lot more than I do running right now but I try to make sure and I when I'm out there kind of struggling sweating not eating cookies or whatever it is that I really want to be eating or ice cream I try to think about everything I do right in terms of a good habit now it's something I don't have to worry about when I am out west because I'll just be enjoying the views I won't have to necessarily worry as much about how's my body gonna respond to kind of exerting itself the altitude the third thing I have mentioned this in a previous video talking about altitude sickness and what to do what you can do to prepare something I think is really important and there's an article linked down below I think it was done as a Stanford kind of clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of ibuprofen versus placebo versus there was one other experimental group and they were actually showing how that ibuprofen is actually considered to be clinically effective at preventing symptoms of altitude sickness of course it was a small percentage small sample size generalizability and we'll see but it's worked for me and so while I'll be doing and this is not medical advice at all while I'll be doing is taking about 600 milligrams of ibuprofen I think in a study don't quote me down below I think they took it every six hours it kind of so it was like a 8 o'clock time 2 o'clock time then 8 p.m. time and that worked well for me in the moon bells I could feel like it was almost staving off altitude sickness and it wasn't something that was just masking it for me but the final thing is knowing your body be able to judge when you were pushing it too far too fast altitude you have to really listen to yourself and say ok I may need to take more breaks than usual it's something where I just have to dial it back a notch and then catch my breath and I'm ready to go again and be really aware of that I can get out to you guys it's something that's I try not to play around with it if you're even feeling I think remote symptoms of altitude sickness you just have to be aware of it let someone else know what you're experiencing and it's just something to be cautious with hiking out east honestly three four thousand feet you do not have to worry about altitude sickness it's one of those things where you pretty much can push yourself to your physical limits you will feel like you're exerting yourself more at higher altitude then if you're hiking out east and so for someone like me who is a complete flatlander an owl I just have to know when enough is enough and when to dial it back so hopefully this video is helpful for you this was a collaboration with three other channels backcountry exposure and of course the awesome Josh's we have Subaru Josh and we have karate Josh the challenge I'll link down in the description below they're all talking about preparing for hiking at higher altitude and what they are doing so be sure to check out what those guys are doing because they make some phenomenal videos and I always enjoy watching each and every one of them the josh is because it gives me a different perspective and Devin's videos backcountry exposure he that's just a great job showing what's out at Utah as well as a lot of good backpacking camping tight tips are you guys thanks for watching let me grab a swiss cake roll peace not a sponsor