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Traveling At High Altitudes

David J. Rhude, MD will speak about the physiology & medical aspects of traveling to high altitude as well as show slides from selected trips.

Dr. Rhude is an internist & rheumatologist at North Memorial Medical Center.  He is interested in wilderness, travel & high altitude medicine.  He is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society & has traveled & climbed in six continents.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks John! On both Kili and the Macchu Pichu trail I used Diamox, 125 mg as well and had no ill effects other than a slight tingling in my fingers. If anyone would be interested in just getting together over a coffee or beer sometime and chatting about trips taken or being planned I would love to meet on a Saturday and discuss gear, experiences, guide services, sharing or borrowing more expensive gear that is necessary but rarely used. I have travelled in the Cascades, the Dolomites, Rockies, Banff and sea kayaked in the San Juan Islands among others and would love sharing stories or answering questions if anyone is heading to those destinations and have some. If anyone has or knows of someone who has summitted Aconcagua I would love to buy them a beer and chat. Feel free to email m at [masked]

    April 12, 2013

  • John K.

    I found the discussion at helpful. It covers much of what was covered last evening and adds some more material. Some of the material is, again, more relevant to folks heading up toward 7000 meters and beyond but a lot of the info is relevant for trekkers also. Also, some of the problems mentioned in the material are in large part taken care of by experienced guides if you go on guided expeditions with reputable companies. The presenter last evening was reluctant to talk much about Diamox. I have not used dosages in an effort to speed acclimatization - I have found, as mentioned in the article, that one 125mg tablet late in the day is helpful, for me, in aiding sleep at higher altitudes by reducing the intensity of periodic breathing as mentioned in the article and covered in the talk last evening.

    April 11, 2013

  • John K.

    Didn't find the presentation all that exciting - and some of the positions debatable. Tended to focus more on mountaineering than high altitude trekking. But there is a general lack of hard data, and a lot of emotion, in mountaineering so you can pay your money and take your chances.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A bit more medically technical info than I could follow but still interesting. The presenter was extremely knowledgable and answered all my questions. Thanks!

    April 11, 2013

  • Susanna K

    have to work late. Sorry that I have to change to a NO. Going to Ecuador (part in the Andes) next month so this would have been perfect!

    April 10, 2013

  • Laura L. B.

    Hi Kenny..great hearing form you

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward!

    April 8, 2013

  • Sue

    I'm getting a whopper of a cold.

    April 3, 2013

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