Altitude for Mountaineering
ACCLIMATE TO ALTITUDE AT HOME
PROVEN BENEFITS FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
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Reduced symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Reduced incidence of Altitude Sickness
Higher blood-oxygenation levels at altitude
Greater work tolerance/exercise capacity at altitude
Increased capillary density
No acclimating on-site
SCIENCE OF PRE-ACCLIMATIZATION
Normally, at sea-level, healthy people have an oxygen saturation (spo2) level in the blood of 98-99% (oxygen saturation means the percentage of oxygen in the blood). When you go to high altitudes, the percentage (%) of oxygen in the blood goes down quite significantly. A prolonged exposure to these lower blood oxygen levels is the main reason people start feeling the negative effects of altitude. Our goal, and what our equipment does best, is conditions the body to this lower oxygen state. Put another way, our equipment creases RESISTANCE to lower oxygen levels in the blood. If you are able to maintain higher oxygen levels in the blood, you are less likely to get altitude sickness – it’s kind of that simple.
HOW DOES THE TRAINING WORK?
Through Sleeping at altitude, exercising at altitude or performing IHB (Intermittent Hypoxic Braining), individuals can ensure they are acclimated to altitude prior to their trips and thus fully enjoy their high-altitude experience. We recommend a combination of sleeping at altitude and altitude exercise or IHB to get the most benefit before going high. High altitude exercise consists of sustained exercise workouts at altitude and IHB consists short-duration stationary breathing sessions at very high altitudes (up to 21,000ft). Sessions should take place 3-4 times per week for 3-4 weeks prior to departure. Don’t worry, we provide very specific protocols to follow to ensure you are completely acclimated before your next high altitude adventure.
WHY IT WORKS
Simulated altitude training, also known as hypoxic (low oxygen) training is the only proven method of pre-acclimatizing to altitude. Acclimating to altitude at-home will increase your oxygen saturation levels while on the mountain. Low blood oxygen levels in the blood are the main culprit of altitude sickness. The only way to condition yourself to high altitude is to expose yourself to lower oxygen air prior to your altitude adventure.Please see the research immediately below and check out our testimonials.
HOW TO AVOID ALTITUDE SICKNESS
If you’ve ever wanted to climb one of the Seven Summits, or go on that ski vacation you’ve been dreaming about, but been worried about getting altitude sickness, then you’ve come to the right place. Our altitude simulation equipment can help you pre-acclimate to altitude prior to going on your high altitude adventure. Simply through sleeping, breathing or exercising in a low-oxygen environment, the body makes changes to adapt to high altitudes and thus reduces the likelihood and/or severity of altitude illness. By using our altitude tent for sleeping at altitude or our altitude mask for stationary exercise or intermittent hypoxic breathing (IHB ) we can help ensure you will not experience the debilitating effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).