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Old 05-02-2016, 09:11 AM   #1
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Yellowstone and respiratory issues

Planing to go regardless, but i wanted to know what to expect once at eight thousand feet. i will be sleeping at around six thousand feet. my stay is fourteen days in September. IM aware of taking it slow and easy but wanted to ask my Airstreamers who have breathing/shortness of breath, asthma and so on what they encountered while there. Thanks in advance.

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Yellowstone and respiratory issues

Well, I live there from May to October and the altitude is only a factor (at least until you acclimatize) if you are exerting yourself physically beyond your normal level -- say climbing Avalanche Peak when your normal exercise regimen is walking into Starbucks.

Or, if you are a heavy smoker that lives at sea level, you can actually become hypoxic. The only cure is to head to a lower elevation.

There shouldn't be any significant pollen in September but there is usually smoke -- it is "fire season" and while there have only been a handful of small fires in the Park over the past few years, the big fires in Idaho last year smoked up the Park on occasion.


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LakeState: I have several breathing issues, including asthama and a rare incurable one I take inhaled antibiotics for every other month just to stem the infections. Never smoked, came from my time in military. I am not restricted and live a normal life. Two years ago we visited altitudes as high as 9,000 feet and I had no issues at all. This past summer I had issues at 6,000 feet so we changed plans mid trip and stayed below those altitudes. WE changed because I became dizzy and nauseous all the time. This summer we are headed back and plan on 9,000 feet again. My specialist says each day is different, each visit can be different. A good rule of thumb is to gradually go up in altitude, especially if you have breathing issues. 1,000 feet every day or so above 6,000 feet is what we have been recommended to do. Expect headaches at night, shortness of breath, but other than that ok. Enjoy.


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