1. Ryan Bieniek
    Ryan Bieniek August 18, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    This is particularly important when ascending to new heights where altitude sickness can be an issue. Glad you got out of the place you didn’t want to go!

  2. Richard
    Richard August 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Wow what timing! I just got off the phone with my doctor less than 5 minutes ago as he called to discuss my diamox prescription. He said eating and drinking is one of the best ways to avoid altitude sickness! I realize Gatorade powder is lil heavy but plan to use it throughout my hike starting sept 10. I believe if it taste good I will be more apt to eat or drink it! Some of the best I have got from others is bring what you like and enjoy eating! Fly out 3 weeks from tomorrow. Mailing my mtr bucket out tomorrow as well!

  3. Kathy
    Kathy August 18, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I needed a reminder on this. I’ll be backpacking to Whitney via New Army Pass starting on Saturday, and I have the tendency to do the same thing. Thanks for the excellent post and timely reminder!

  4. Mike Boisvert
    Mike Boisvert August 19, 2015 at 1:39 am

    How true. Have to pay attention to the ol’ engine and try not to bonk.
    Good advice, Ray!

  5. Paul
    Paul August 19, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I have definitely seen a decline in mental attitude if I do not drink or eat regularly when I hike. I notice it as wandering thoughts toward the negative: more attention to the steepness, heat, weight, etc. It immediately improves when I hydrate and eat about 100 calories. The routine that works for me is:

    Drink 250 ml water every 30 minutes
    Eat 100 calories every hour
    Drink 250 ml gatorade every hour instead of water
    Take an 1.5 hour lunch
    Take a 15 minute pack off break two hours after lunch
    Take another 20 minute pack off coffee break two hours before I reach camp
    Eat half a protein bar at arrival in camp
    Drink a liter of water in camp before bed

    Ray, my wife and I will be on the trail starting August 27 out of Tuolomne meadows. Might see you on one of the passes…

  6. Jackman
    Jackman August 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I feel as it is a race to beat every person to get to the top of the pass first, a physiological thing I can’t get over that just makes me feel as a better hiker, and the other group of people are just 10-15 min behind me feeling just fine.

  7. Sharon Young
    Sharon Young August 26, 2015 at 5:18 am

    I made the mistake of skipping dinner a couple of times. Once I got into camp late and, because the next day was a zero day I thought it wouldn’t matter – but I was exhausted throughout my zero day.

    The second time I skipped dinner it was raining and hailing and seemed like too much trouble to boil water. The next morning I decided to exit, returning from mile 150 below Mather Pass to Bishop Pass Trail rather than risk not being strong enough to reach my re-supply at Charlotte Lake Trail junction three days later. Now I wonder – if I had eaten dinner the night before, would I have felt stronger and more confident that I could reach Charlotte?

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