Good luck with your goal - I'm sure getting into better shape will help you but keep in mind that hydrating is super-important for altitude-tolerance. Drink much MUCH more than you think you need and the more time you can spend in higher elevation before actually trying to go to 14k, the easier it will be - everyone is different so it's hard to predict how much time will help you acclimate but I would suggest getting above 9k-10k as much as possible for a month or two before going up and try to ascend slowly so your body has a chance to adapt - spend a couple of nights at 10k-12k before summiting if possible, although I know it isn't always something that can be done. Still it would help to spend as much time as you can in higher elevations before giving it a try - and drink, drink, drink that H20 [no alcohol or caffeine]
Good luck - keep us posted on your progress!!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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I'm looking forward to hearing about it when you do. How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful area. I love all the four corner states, but I have to settle for going out there hiking once or twice a year (hopefully will be back there sometime in May).
Good luck to you in reaching your goal to hike a fourteener!
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Hi all! I enjoy anything that has to do with being outdoors in God's beautiful creation! Currently, I'm spending most weekends snowshoeing on Grand Mesa (the largest flattop mountain in the world) near our home and also go at times in the San Juan mountains, also near home. My ultimate goal is to hike a fourteener. I tried two years ago, but got altitude sickness 500 vertical feet from the top. Am hoping that since I'm in better shape, I can make it this year! Looking forward to being part of this team!
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