Altitude Safety 101

One of the main health concerns when mountaineering are the effects of high altitude to a person. Different people have different reactions when exposed to it. Undoubtedly, this is due to several intervening variables. The major issues to watch out for include:
 

Altitude Illnesses

A Latin saying goes, "festina lente", or "make haste slowly". Like everything in life, it also applies when going up mountains, especially the higher ones. You must make your way to the mountaintop slowly. Doing otherwise can have serious, even fatal consequences. But AMS can be prevented and its serious effects avoided.   + Learn More About Altitude Illnesses & Acclimation
 

Hypothermia and Frostbite

When traveling in cold regions, it is not always enough to put on warm clothing to protect yourself from Hypothermia and Frostbite. There are actually several ways to prevent them like being well-fed, well-hydrated and many more. These are discussed in greater detail in this section.
 

Dehydration

Dehydration is caused by the excessive loss of body fluids. It is a potentially dangerous but generally preventable condition. The topics above deal with potential health risks when mountaineering. Knowing how to prevent them and how to protect yourself from them is important especially if you plan to go mountaineering in places where quick emergency response may not be available. Aside from that, it would also help if you know how to perform first aid. More information about first aid can be found by following this link.

 

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