High Altitude Tips
Heading to higher altitudes means the air is thinner and less oxygen is available. It is also colder, drier and the ultraviolet rays from the sun are stronger. These changes could have unpleasant effects on your body.
At altitudes around 8,000 feet (such as those in June Lake), altitude illness affects 20 to 30 percent of visitors from low altitude to some degree. The extent to which you are affected depends on how quickly you ascend, what elevation you attain, how hard you exercise, what you eat and drink and any health problems you may have. When planning a trip to an area around or above 8,000 feet keep the following tips in mind.
- Increase fluid intake
- Decrease salt intake
- Moderate your physical activity
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
- Use sunscreen
- Bring extra clothes for sudden temperature changes
- Drink and eat frequently
- Stop to warm up often