Friday, 31 August 2012

Adventures of a Flatlander Pt. 1

We love mountains. We love to hike in them, camp in them, sit and watch sunsets from them. AND, we live in one of the lowest, flattest areas in North America. Sometimes you just don't have a choice. (Seriously - the local paper has stated that our local marathon is supposed to be the flattest marathon in the world, or at least in Canada, with only 38 feet of elevation!) Preparing for our travels in high altitudes while living at 600 ft. is always a challenge as we often don't have the luxury of arriving several days before to acclimatize. I started to research ways of preparing one's body and came across Acli-Mate , a sports drink that supposedly helped one to acclimatize to altitude.


The ingredients, according to the website, included;

  • Balanced electrolytes to help prevent muscle cramping, fatigue and dehydration.
  • Energy promoting B-vitamins (at 50% of the RDA per serving) PLUS CoQ10.
  • Calcium/Magnesium to help reduce muscle fatigue and cramping while promoting bone health and recovery.
  • Rhodiola rosea herbal (root) extract to promote acclimatization and optimal adaptation to the stressors of altitude and exercise. Excellent for aiding in the management of stress not related to altitude and for enhanced recovery after exercise at any elevation.
  • Ginkgo Biloba (leaf) extract for enhanced acclimatization via promoting red blood cell integrity, cellular oxygenation and circulation.
  • Schizandra Berry Extract for support of acclimatization and recovery.

  • It seemed worth a try. I found a 2-for-1 coupon online and ordered two tubs of different flavours. Mike and I both started three days before arrival, 3 times a day. He was driving out and I was going to fly. I've never liked the taste of sports drinks (way too sweet and in-your-face for me), so I really didn't like the taste, but it was certainly no worse than other sports drinks I've had. Mike didn't mind it. Once we arrived in Colorado enroute to New Mexico, we were ready to test it out; but would it work?

    This trip would have the most elevation gain of any trip we had done before, so a good test. Starting elevations were high, too: here are the stats on elevation of a couple of our hikes:
    -10,300 - 12,000 ft.
    -10,400 - 11,800 ft. (with a 25-lb. pack!!!!!)
    -7,200 - 8,300 ft.
    (there were more similar)

    I have to say I felt better than I ever have on one of these trips. I am quite positive that the Acli-mate was a major contributing factor. I had none of the usual symptoms of altitude sickness and was able to climb relatively easily (except with the heavy pack, but that will never be easy, LOL!). I definitely recommend this as part of your preparation for activities at high altitude.

    Back to 600 ft.; sigh.....

    1 comment:

    1. This is great! We're so glad you found us and we could help you reach new heights in comfort! Also please note you can dilute the drink mixes for any concentration you wish. We recommend 10 - 12oz per serving and buying the Sample Pack to find the flavor you like best before buying 2 tubs... each flavor is quite different.