Hiking Colorado’s Glorious Mountain Peaks
(Cover photo: Colorado's Collegiate Peaks. Photo taken by Robertbody)
Tips to taking on the “fourteeners”
The locals simply call them “fourteeners” or “14ers”. Such a small name for such an awe-inspiring sight and an extremely difficult climb. Standing at the bottom of one of Colorado’s 58 jaw dropping peaks can be overwhelming, but it is nothing compared to standing at the top and looking out. Of course, not everyone can make it to the top. Luckily there are trails and hikes for any level that will lead to views you have to see to believe. Want to see?
How to avoid or combat altitude sickness
You’ve probably taken into consideration the physical aspects of hiking, but don’t forget about the effects of changes in altitude. The views may be breathtaking, but don’t let the thinner air literally take your breath away. The thinning air and the lack of oxygen can lead to altitude sickness. If you feel like you are having trouble catching your breath, slow down or take a break. Going too high, too fast can
Symptoms of altitude sickness
Everyone’s body acclimates at different rates. If you feel symptoms of altitude sickness, even if no one else seems to be bothered, don’t be afraid to speak up.
- Shortness of breath
- Tightening in chest
- Fatigue or sudden weakness.
The good news is your body will acclimate, but you need to give it time to do so. And you need to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is your best weapon against altitude sickness. And if symptoms are already present, drinking water will help stabilize your body. If you’ve never climbed a 14’er we recommend that you hire a guide to get you there safely.
Wherever your outdoor adventure may take you, we hope you stay safe and respectful of nature, wildlife and fellow adventurers.
Dvorak’s Expeditions – Est. 1969
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Bill & Jaci Dvorak