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Old 06-27-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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Default Effects of Higher Altitude

I've noticed that most of EP and the surrounding area is 1,000m+ above sea level. Does this mean that those visiting, or moving to EP, will need a few days to fully acclimatize to the higher altitude - or is the difference so small that it isn't noticable?
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I don't think altitude will affect someone up to about 4000ft. I live in Colorado Springs we're at 6000ft here and it took me less than a week to get used to the altitude here. When I go back to EP and I jog in the mornings, I feel like I can run forever.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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I've noticed that most of EP and the surrounding area is 1,000m+ above sea level. Does this mean that those visiting, or moving to EP, will need a few days to fully acclimatize to the higher altitude - or is the difference so small that it isn't noticable?
You can notice it, but after a couple weeks you'll have adjusted. If you come here from sea level and try to run 2 miles, you may find that you are out of breath. What you can notice more depending on where you're from is the arid climate and it's effects. For a couple weeks you'll be thirsty all the time but then you won't be.
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Old 06-27-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Irving, Tx
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I have often heard other outsiders mention about the altitude of ELP..but it has never affected me..must be because I grew up here along with the tons of my relatives here!
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Mo City, TX
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I've noticed that most of EP and the surrounding area is 1,000m+ above sea level. Does this mean that those visiting, or moving to EP, will need a few days to fully acclimatize to the higher altitude - or is the difference so small that it isn't noticable?
Funny you mention that. We had a family reunion in EP two months ago and one of my relatives is an avid runner so he must run every day no matter what. He mentioned that he felt winded by the 4th mile and he usually runs 7-8 miles no problem where he is from (cali).
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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You might get some nose bleeds
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I had never considered El Paso to be high enough to experience altitude sickness. I have never heard anyone else mention this. I went from El Paso to Albuquerque (about 3000ft diff) and didn't have any problems, but everyone is different. While looking up some info on this subject I found this pretty cool website on altitude sickness:
About Altitude Sickness
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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I had never considered El Paso to be high enough to experience altitude sickness. I have never heard anyone else mention this. I went from El Paso to Albuquerque (about 3000ft diff) and didn't have any problems, but everyone is different. While looking up some info on this subject I found this pretty cool website on altitude sickness:
About Altitude Sickness
You really won't notice it unless you're hiking distances such as going to the top of the Franklin Mountains or running over 2 or 3 miles. If you're running 3 miles or so at sea level and then come here for the first time, you'll find yourself a little out of breath for a week or so. Sitting or simply walking, you can't notice any altitude effect.

No one would actually have altitude sickness, we're not that high up.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:18 PM
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Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I've noticed that most of EP and the surrounding area is 1,000m+ above sea level. Does this mean that those visiting, or moving to EP, will need a few days to fully acclimatize to the higher altitude - or is the difference so small that it isn't noticable?
normally people have no problems until the are at 3000 ft or more.

Nita
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:19 PM
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Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I had never considered El Paso to be high enough to experience altitude sickness. I have never heard anyone else mention this. I went from El Paso to Albuquerque (about 3000ft diff) and didn't have any problems, but everyone is different. While looking up some info on this subject I found this pretty cool website on altitude sickness:
About Altitude Sickness
you are right, 1000 ft is nothing, shouldn't cause anyone to get out of breath, have nose bleeds or anything else.

Nita
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