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The mountains of Colorado are among the most beautiful in the country and we hope you enjoy every  minute of your visit. However, some of the very features which make this area so attractive may also cause some problems, unless you are able to recognize the symptoms and know how to prevent them.

Altitude Sickness (AMS)
 
The base of the mountain lies 9,000 feet above sea level and the site of the wedding is at 11.444'. The air is thinner and less oxygen is available. 20 to 30% of people coming from lower elevations usually experience altitude sickness. This usually occurs within the first 48 hours. You may experience headaches, nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite. The best remedy is to take it easy your first day here: increase fluid intake, decrease salt, alcohol and caffeine intake, and select high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods. Be aware that high elevation can also accentuate existing health problems. If you have a respiratory or vascular illness, consult your physician before your trip. Seek medical assistance if problems persist or get worse.

Symptoms:

Headache, Nausea, poor appetite, run down feeling and shortness of breath are all symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)
Wet cough, disoriented "leave me alone feeling". to weak to eat or get up, fingernails and/or lips turning blue, shortness of breath at rest, balance and coordination problems are all  very bad symptoms. (HAPE. High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) If you encounter any of these see a doctor as soon as possible. Snake River Health Clinic: (970) 468-1440

Tips:

Increase fluid intake 2-3 times your normal intake. DRINK 8-10 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY.
Decrease your salt intake
Increase your carbohydrate intake, such as pancakes, pasta or rice.
Decrease protein intake, such as steak and eggs.
Reduce alcohol and caffeine intgake. Note: one drink at altitude does the work of two
Avoid tranquilizer pills or sleeping aids. They slow your breathing.
Spend your first day or two at a modest elevation of 5000 to 6000 feet to acclimate (Like Our Mile High City of Denver) before heading up to the mountains. Then spend another day or two at the base of the mountain acclimating to 9000' before heading up to our wedding site of 11,444'.
Take it easy for the first 2 days.
If you are worried or have a history of Altitude Sickness there is a prescription drug called Diamox which helps prevent Altitude Sickness. It is given 24 hours prior to arriving and for 2 days after arrival. Discuss the use and minor side effects (tingling sensations, altered taste, increased urination) with your doctor.

 

Christen & David

  Sun Injury

 
At high altitude the ultraviolet rays from the sun are much more intense. Even when it is cloudy the risk of sunburn is extreme. No matter how tan, you should use a sunblock with a minimum SPF rating of 15. Apply it before going outside and reapply every 2 hours while outside.
 
 Sunburn of the eyes is also a real danger. Wear sunglasses with UV protection, even on cloudy and overcast days.