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Old 02-19-2018, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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I tried telling you in another thread but apparently it didnít get through...... Excellent health and being used to strenuous activity in no way makes you less susceptible to altitude sickness. In fact they may make you more prone to it.

Myths About Altitude
I don't believe you and I have ever discussed this, Sky. But yes I misspoke in my overgeneralization.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NC, NY, USA
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I think the people talking about staying there for a week or two are quite right, you can never know complete situation and comfort until you experience it first hand. Just try to get it on rent for one week and you will know. And please don't forget to tell us about your experience because now, even I am curious.
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I don't believe you and I have ever discussed this, Sky. But yes I misspoke in my overgeneralization.
This is what i was think of:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/50949281-post6.html
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Old 02-24-2018, 05:49 PM
 
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Lhasa-Tibet, a city of 280,000 people is situated at an elevation of approx 12,000 ft above sea level, so apparently high elevation living is a way of life for a large number of people.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:05 PM
 
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Lhasa-Tibet, a city of 280,000 people is situated at an elevation of approx 12,000 ft above sea level, so apparently high elevation living is a way of life for a large number of people.
Most of those people in Lhasa-Tibet also have a genetic mutation possibly inherited from Denisovans that make them more physically adapted to high-altitude living than the rest of us. Their bodies pull Oxygen from the atmosphere better than ours.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:20 PM
 
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Most of those people in Lhasa-Tibet also have a genetic mutation possibly inherited from Denisovans that make them more physically adapted to high-altitude living than the rest of us. Their bodies pull Oxygen from the atmosphere better than ours.
Yeah, they must have something working in their favor to live full time at that altitude! I am quite physically fit and robust, yet when I get up to 12,000 ft on a hike, I am huffing and puffing. If I did it every day, I'd probably acclimate somewhat, but I can't imagine living full time at an elevation that high above sea level.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:00 AM
 
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Same thing is true of the natives in the Andes. I was on a train in Peru that stopped at a town above 14000 ft. Despite their adaptations, skin cancer is on the rise among those people.
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Old 02-25-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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Most of those people in Lhasa-Tibet also have a genetic mutation possibly inherited from Denisovans that make them more physically adapted to high-altitude living than the rest of us. Their bodies pull Oxygen from the atmosphere better than ours.

Good Sunday morning reading material:

"Metabolic Basis to Sherpa Altitude Adaptation," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: Metabolic basis to Sherpa altitude adaptation | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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Old 02-25-2018, 08:45 AM
 
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Same thing is true of the natives in the Andes. I was on a train in Peru that stopped at a town above 14000 ft. Despite their adaptations, skin cancer is on the rise among those people.
At high altitudes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun has more deleterious effects, presumably because of the thinner atmosphere (less filtering capacity). In addition to skin cancer, UV contributes to higher rates of cataract formation as well.

There is an Nepalese ophthalmologist who created his own manufacturing process of IOLs (= intraocular lens) -- to make the lens more affordable -- so that he could treat those dwelling at higher altitudes.

Dr. Sanduk Ruit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanduk_Ruit

Surely a hero in my book . . .
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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I'm having a pair of prescription sunglasses made, wrap around, almost like ski goggles but prescription. I must wear glasses at all times due to lousy eyesight and wanted sunglasses with all bells and whistles for my move to Ridgway (7,000 feet) in April.

My experiences in visiting (from sea level) are that I have to acclimate and cannot go further up too soon (for instance, a jeep trip to 11,000 the second day I'm there). No visits to Telluride until comfortable at 7,000 feet. Other visitors who were not coming from sea level seemed to have an easier time of it.

I know the one time we rode horses up to 13,000 feet and got off for lunch, I had never been so high before and breathing air was like drinking skim milk after a lifetime of whole fat.

When I trekked in Nepal, I went from the capital 5,000 feet to a town at 9,000 feet and then started the trek. The third day, at 11,000, I had to just lie around and wait to acclimatize. I spent about a week at 12,000 feet and felt relatively normal. When we went up to 16,000 and then 18,000 briefly, I could only go about six steps and had to stop for air. But I did feel I got used to 12,000 pretty well in those two weeks up so high.

I have no lung or breathing compromises, then or now. I don't expect any issue with learning to live at 7,000 feet or taking trips to 11,000 feet, just to acclimatize slowly. I am telling my potential visitors that, since they are all coming from sea level and they will just have to hang around and drink water for a few days, maybe take a mild walk, but that's it. You simply cannot rush it. Nothing like an altitude headache!
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