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High-Altitude Hints Attitude About the Altitude Coloradans are proud of our altitude, and we should be. Colorado has the highest mean altitude of all the states with an average altitude of 6,800ft. Grand Lake is at an elevation of 8,369ft. This is why most town welcome signs almost always list the altitude but not the population. Breathe The beauty of the mountains can take your breath away. Or so it seems. While it may seem that there is less oxygen here, there really is less atmospheric pressure, which gives the impression of a lack of air to breathe. Take It Easy This relative decrease in the oxygen content in the air requires the body to create more red blood cells so that it can increase its uptake of oxygen. While adjusting to high altitude takes time, overcoming altitude illness is often resolved as the body acclimatizes. There is nothing specific about a person’s age, sex, or physical fitness that is linked to altitude sickness. Some people get it and some people don’t. Altitude sickness symptoms include fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea, headache and sleep disturbances. Rest and drinking lots of water during the first two days usually resolves the sickness. If symptoms become worse, medical advice should be sought. Choose Water Dehydration may lead to altitude sickness. Start increasing your fluid intake (meaning water!) before starting any activity. The decreased atmospheric pressure will cause you to breathe more rapidly and lose more body water. Always carry water and drink up. Drink two or three times more water than usual. It is better to take small sips at regular intervals instead of all at one time. The water in Grand Lake tastes great. You don’t need to buy bottled water. Instead, buy a souvenir Grand Lake water bottle and fill it up! Alcohol and Caffeine Consuming both dehydrates the body and you will feel their effect more quickly at high altitude, although everyone reacts differently. Take it slow with alcoholic beverages until you know how your body reacts. And for every caffienated or alcoholic beverage, sip an 8oz glass of water in between. Food For Fuel A high carbohydrate diet may prevent some symptoms of altitude sickness and add to your energy level. Don’t overdo the fat or you’ll feel fatigued later in the day. Fatty foods take twice as much oxygen to metabolize as carbohydrates. Dress for Success The best way to dress all year round is to layer. Avoid cotton (especially when doing high-energy activities). Cotton retains water and will cause you to get cold. With layers, you can add one if you are cold and remove one if you are too warm. Maintaining your body’s temperature is essential for enjoying your outing. A vest and shell are always good to have with you. Most adults lose ten percent of their heat Adriane Hauck •• You deserve nothing less than exceptional. Grand Lake is unique, as are your needs. Call today to learn more about living an authentic mountain lifestyle. 970-531-0056 adriane@remaxpeaktopeak.com grandlakemountainhomes.com 10 2 0 1 5 G R A N D L A K E G U E S T G U I D E ®


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