Saturday, March 17, 2012

Journal - acclimatization trek - day 3

March 16th
From 3950 to 4400m - I trek from Pangboche to Pheriche

I caught a stomach virus. That's sucks but it is always one less to catch. That is part as well of my acclimatization trek, get exposed to altitude as well as “small common diseases”. So today was a very short day, shorter than initially plan. I am staying at Pheriche tonight.

My O2 saturation level is at 96 out 100 at sea level, which is really excellent. In other words, my body feels like I was at sea level. I can’t quite explain my natural ability to altitude. Nevertheless, I know that AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) can happen to anyone, anytime, even if you never had before. So I stay cautious, I do my trek respecting altitude acclimatization threshold.
I’ve assist to a lecture about the AMS this afternoon given by the Himalayan Altitude Rescue Hospital. I was the only one there. It was very interesting. I took this opportunity to ask lots of very specific questions, such as: on the use of the VIAGRA to reduce Pulmonary Edema, or the chemical aspect of DIAMOX ….
I met Carlos Soria with his team. Carlos is a Spanish climber who going to climb as well Annapurna 1 and was doing as well an acclimatization trek. It seems really nice, such as his team.  I’m happy. I will visit them at Annapurna Base Camp

Tomorrow I will be at Lobuche and the day after at Kala Patar and sleep at Gorashep

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