Above 8,000 feet altitude illness affects 20-30% of visitors. The Town of Breckenridge is at an elevation of 9,600 feet. The elevation of BOEC’s Scott Griffith Lodge is at 9,963 feet! If you are sleeping at “The Griffith,” please review the following information so that you can prepare yourself for a successful trip.
The extent to which you are affected depends on how quickly you ascend, what elevation you attain and how hard you exercise, what you eat and drink, and what health problems you may have (smoking, emphysema, asthma, anemia, high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical conditions). When planning a trip to above 8,000 feet consult your doctor if you have any questions.
Do not push the limits of your physical capabilities. If you feel worse, get medical attention. Minor altitude illness symptoms can occasionally become life threatening.
Before You Come to Altitude above 8,000 feet
- If possible, spending a night or two at modest altitude 5,000 – 6,000 feet may decease symptoms. Denver is a great option for this.
- Eating foods which are high in carbohydrates and drinking more water than usual and using less salt.
- If you are prone to altitude sickness, consult your physician about any prescription drug options.
Avoid Altitude Illness
- Increase fluid intake & stay hydrated!!! Drink more water or fluid than normal.
- Decrease salt intake.
- Decrease sugar intake.
- Moderate your physical activity. Ease into it, don’t start off too hard!
- Eat high carbohydrate, low fat meals.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Listen to your body. Feeling worse? – Seek help.
Symptoms – Mild Altitude Illness
- Breathing is faster and or deeper.
- Feeling short of breath.
- Increased heart rate.
- May develop nausea, headaches, unusual tiredness, or difficulty sleeping.
Symptoms – More Serious Altitude Illness
- A wet cough.
- Increased shortness of breath.
- A feeling of fluid buildup in the lungs.