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Old 08-12-2018, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Copymutt View Post
One item that has not been mentioned, living at altitude. Occasionally packaged foods will explode on opening due to being sealed at lower altitudes. Example, coffee, chips, even copier toners can spray around an office.
Funny you mention that. One time, while I was driving from Denver up to the mountains on I-70, I heard a loud pop. I thought a tire blew out. I slowed down, but everything seemed OK. After looking around a bit, I noticed a bag of potato chips, in a brown paper shopping bag in the back seat, exploded!
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by townshend View Post
I know this thread has as its original topic living at 11,000'? Well, does anybody have any experience living at 8,700 to 8,900'? I assume that wouldn't be that much different, but it might be a little less drastic of an alpine environment. In other words, colder but not as cold as living at 11,000', etc.

E.g., does the risk of wildfires decrease with rising altitude, due to less botanical material growing at higher altitudes to serve as fuel for fire?
Regarding wildfire risk, until you get above treeline, I don’t see how risk goes down much. You might have less ground material but a crowning fire could happen.

We used to live at 7350’ in an extremely high-fire-risk area. The steep slopes, drought, and beetle-weakened trees combined to make it ranked the most dangerous road in that county. The vegetation at 8700 in that area was similar—it just lacked the occasional prickly pear we found on some south-facing exposed slopes.
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Old 08-12-2018, 10:49 AM
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At 7000 feet in COLO SPGS, we had to be careful opening cups of yogurt as they must've been filled at sea level since the foil tops were bulging and would give a slight hiss when peeled open. Roll-on deodorants would be a bit pressurized too after we returned from visits to sea level.
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