Aspen sits comfortably in the Roaring Fork Valley at an elevation of 7,890 ft. If you’re coming from sea level, it can be quite an adjustment functioning in the thin air and it can also make you sick. Altitude sickness can have a wide array of symptoms including headache, nausea, fatigue & dehydration.  There are a few things you can do to prevent or lower the effects of altitude sickness.

  • Take a day of rest. Don’t over-exert yourself on your first day; let your body acclimate.  Enjoy the lovely shops & restaurants in downtown Aspen before you start planning your activities for the week.
  •  Stay hydrated! Try to avoid caffeine & alcoholic beverages.
  •  Try to avoid eating fatty foods and stick to carbs.
  •  Once you have given your body a little time to adjust to the elevation you can start adding some physical activity into your day.
  •  If you do get altitude sickness and your symptoms worsen, contact a doctor right away.

When you’re planning your next Aspen whitewater rafting adventure, make sure to give yourself a day or two to adjust to the elevation. Drink plenty of water & avoid diuretics. Eat a carb filled dinner the night before and get a good night’s sleep!

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Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO. Photo by Shasta Campbell.