How to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Park City

May 29th, 2012
Posted by: jillgreenlaw

Going to a blogging conference is exciting! We prep our outfits, we get our eyebrows waxed, we get our hair “done.” And then we realize it all doesn’t really matter when you find yourself surrounded by like minded people who “get” you. Meeting up with old friends and making new ones is the best thing about conferences.

After all that prep and anticipation, you can only imagine how frustrating and disappointing it would be to get “sick” while at the conference. evo’12 is held in Park City, Utah. Park City is in the mountains and is 6900 feet above sea level. For some people, that means you may experience Altitude Sickness.

Altitude Sickness Symptoms:

  • Headache (most common)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sleep disturbances
  • fatigue

Altitude Sickness, doctors believe, “is the result from changes in the body’s responses to lowered levels of oxygen and air pressure changes.”

Altitude sickness can occur as low as 8000 ft. But Park City is 6900, so you’re safe, right? Most likely, but some are at a higher risk of experiencing symptoms if:

  • there is a rapid ascent to high altitude
  • you have a prior history of altitude sickness
  • you live at an altitude less than 3,000 feet
  • you are¬† less than 50 years of age

Can you prevent it?

Some doctors suggest keeping yourself hydrated, driving instead of flying, so your body can adjust to the altitude gradually, and getting enough rest. Speaking of rest, they suggest, if you can, to sleep low. Low altitude, that is. If you have experienced altitude sickness in the past, you may consider staying in Salt Lake City and driving to Park City for the day.

Our friends, the SnowMama’s, have a great article with more detailed information. We also suggest talking to your doctor about any concerns you may have.

Post written by Kim Demmon.  Connect with her on Twitter or TCreativeBlogs.

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