I’d like to thank Brian Green for the opportunity to be a tester for a product called Altitude Adapt. This product is promoted as an aid to reduce altitude sickness. My background: I’ve been an avid hiker / ultralight backpacker since 1993.
I have been on many trips that were rated strenuous and have experienced altitude sickness symptoms like headache and lethargy, loss of balance and nausea. A notable symptom was an inability to continue until rest, hydration and a drop in altitude.
In addition, I’m a doctor of Chiropractic specializing in holistic healthcare. Integrated into my practice foundationally is nutrition, therefore I thought I could provide an objective evaluation for this product.
The plan for testing this product was during an “overnight” on Mt. Baldy, California, via the Ski Hut Trail with my son, Chase, who is 11 years old. The stats are as follows: The trailhead is 6,160’ and the plan is to hike 8.4 miles roundtrip.
Initially, we are hiking to the Ski Hut, which sits at 8,300 feet in 3 miles, then up to the peak and stay the night (4.2 miles) and return the next day. My pack weight was 16 pounds. My son’s pack weight was 9 pounds. I took one lozenge the night before the trip. The morning of the trip, I took another and a final lozenge, mid-afternoon.
From the trailhead, prior to starting the trip, my pulse rate was 76 and my oxygen saturation was 96. I noticed that I was feeling good, and very energetic. Approximately 1 ½ miles into the trip, at about 7200 feet, my heart rate was up to 141 and oxygen saturation was holding at 92%. I noticed that if I was tired, heart rate up and legs were burning, that if I paused for a minute, I was back up on energy and therefore recovery was noticeably quick. I then reached the ski hut at 8300 feet, pulse slamming away at 158 but my oxygen saturation remained above 90.
No headaches, nausea, or lethargy. We filtered water there and continued on our way up the mountain. It was tough going above 9000 feet, and we decided to stay at 9200 feet and not on the peak, due to high winds and frigid temps. It was dusk when we reached our camp destination and after 30 seconds, I checked pulse and oxygen. They were 129 and 94% oxygen.
I had no headache, no lethargy, no dizziness or any altitude symptoms. If I am camping above 9000 feet, I usually notice, while setting up my tarp, dizziness when bending over and standing upright. I had none this trip!
All in all, it was a good trip; surprisingly, I had no altitude symptoms and much quicker recovery throughout the trip. Also significant was the absence of dizziness when setting up camp. I would very adamantly recommend this product to others. Furthermore, I would include that they are in shape, having been exercising, maintain good hydration, and electrolytes along the way to maximize the opportunity for good performance in altitude.
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Disclosure: Altitude Adapt provided Brian’s Backpacking Blog and a few select readers with complementary lozenges for the purpose of this review.