|Hunting Higher Elevations:|
| Most people, will adapt quickly to the higher elevation. Lowlanders should always arrive at their hunting destination at least 2 days in advance and take time to get acclimated.|
The reduced amount of oxygen at higher elevations can affect preexisting medical conditions, especially respiratory problems. Symptoms like headaches, increased pulse, shortness of breath, higher blood pressure, nose bleeds, insomnia, loss of appetite, fatigue and even some swelling of the feet and ankles are occasionally experienced.
For people heading above 8,000 feet, mountain sickness can be an issue. Symptoms are the same as those listed above. They generally disappear within 48 hours with sufficient fluid intake and rest. If symptoms worsen, it is important to descend to a lower elevation immediately, because it is possible at this altitude that one is experiencing the onset of High Altitude Cerebral Edema, an acute, life-threatening syndrome that can take your life.
Drink lots of water and carry a good supply with you. Dehydration is commonplace because the relative humidity is much lower in the mountains than it is at sea level.
Always when hunting at higher elevations or mountainous areas, hunt with a buddy or partner your very life could depend on it. Once something goes wrong there is no way anybody will be able to help you in time if a life threatening situation would arise such as High Altitude Cerebral Edema.
Always have a back up contact destination source, this is someone other than you and your hunting partner that can contact local authorities if you do not return and make contact in a certain predetermined time period as to your approximate location.
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