Nothing ruins a vacation faster than one of your group becoming afflicted with a very preventable ailment, especially when it happens right at the beginning of the trip! The rules are a little different above 9,000 feet, so we’ve compiled a list to help you make the most of your mountain getaway.
To avoid altitude sickness, High Country Healthcare recommends the following:
If you notice a wet cough, or that any of your symptoms (headache, nausea) are not getting better, seek medical attention immediately. More information from the CDC.
Word of the day: Reapply! Make sure to consistently reapply sunscreen while you’re outside. More information on sun care from the CDC.
Before you hike, check the forecast and locations of shelters. If you can’t complete a hike before the storm, reschedule for another day.
If you’re already on the mountain and you notice a storm rolling in, do not wait until it’s raining to find shelter. Lightning can be present without rain! Find shelter, avoid open areas, and do not place yourself under the tallest object. If you’re in a group, spread out and run back to shelter or your vehicle. For more lightning safety tips, check out the National Weather Service Lightning Safety Page.
Thanks for reading! With a little knowledge and preparation, we know you’ll love your Winter Park trip. See you soon! If you are planning a summer hiking vacation in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park .
Debs Bridge July 28th, 2015