Telluride, CO, Mar. 17-19, 2019

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Re: Telluride, CO, Mar. 17-19, 2019

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:20 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:And then there's Admin and crew making me bootpack up Jitterbug on my arrival day from 50 feet above sea level.

In 1990 Dave Fairhall and I bootpacked up Baldy from Sugarloaf to ski Main Chute after driving from L.A. the day before and getting to bed in SLC at 1AM. I was a lot younger then. :lol:

On a more serious note, it is amazing how much tougher the Colorado hiking at 12,000+ is than LCC's Baldy to 11,000.

Palmyra at Telluride is magnificent terrain, but the percentage of visiting skiers who can handle that hike up to 13,150 feet must be miniscule.
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Re: Telluride, CO, Mar. 17-19, 2019

Postby Marc_C » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:02 am

Tony Crocker wrote:On a more serious note, it is amazing how much tougher the Colorado hiking at 12,000+ is than LCC's Baldy to 11,000.

Welcome to altitude! I've found I do not need an altimeter to know when I've hit 12K; above 13500' I really bog down. I have a friend who went to Everest base camp at 18K' BITD when he was in his 20's. He totally shut down on Long's Peak when he hit 12500'. He was in his late 30's at that time.

The take-away: everyone is different in their response to elevation and it can change significantly as we get older.
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Re: Telluride, CO, Mar. 17-19, 2019

Postby Sbooker » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:44 pm

Is there any way of telling if one is likely to suffer from altitude sickness? We’re travelling with friends next winter and I know that my wife and myself have been ok at altitude in the past. We’ve stayed at Snowmass Village with no adverse reactions.
I would like to take my friends there next year but I’m thinking it may be safer to stay down in Carbondale and take the drive each morning.
Our friends aren’t especially prone to headaches or the like but they do live at sea level. We would be in Salt Lake prior though so that may give them a chance to acclimatize.
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Re: Telluride, CO, Mar. 17-19, 2019

Postby Marc_C » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:24 am

Sbooker wrote:Is there any way of telling if one is likely to suffer from altitude sickness?

Not really.
Sbooker wrote:We’re travelling with friends next winter and I know that my wife and myself have been ok at altitude in the past. We’ve stayed at Snowmass Village with no adverse reactions.

Although that's a pretty good indicator that you won't have issues, assuming that Snowmass trip was relatively recent.

Sbooker wrote:I would like to take my friends there next year but I’m thinking it may be safer to stay down in Carbondale and take the drive each morning. Our friends aren’t especially prone to headaches or the like but they do live at sea level.
We would be in Salt Lake prior though so that may give them a chance to acclimatize.

Sleeping low could help, couldn't hurt, and still maybe do nothing. Being "prone" or not to headaches is basically irrelevant, and SLC isn't really high enough for any kind of acclimatization. One of our friends who moved here and had been living here for several months still got altitude sickness when we took him to Alta the first time. And that was in the base lodge at 8500'.

Everything you want to know: http://www.altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php
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Re: Telluride, CO, Mar. 17-19, 2019

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:26 pm

I remember the Todd altitude sickness incident at Alta. Todd was fresh from a 16-hour marathon of missed and delayed flights from Florida the previous day.

I believe the time in SLC will be at least somewhat beneficial to sbooker's friends, and MarcC is absolutely correct that there is no way of knowing in advance whether they are unduly altitude sensitive. So I would go ahead and book Snowmass if that's where you want to ski.
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